Our stakeholders expect us to minimize impacts on human and animal health related to the agricultural products we manufacture and sell. This is a responsibility we take seriously as a company. 

Key product stewardship ambition

ESG Performance Goal/Target


  • Complete risk evaluation profiles of NPK (fertilizer)  manufactured products by 2023 

Our Approach:

Product stewardship extends the scope of Safety Health & Environment (SH&E) management beyond our facility gates to take a lifecycle approach to lowering product environmental, safety and social impacts of concern. Nutrien strives to improve our product sustainability profile across procurement, product development, manufacturing, distribution and end-use application. We have a product stewardship management standard as part of our SH&E Management System that guides our activities and a cross-functional product stewardship network with the responsibility for development, communication and integration of standards, policies and work procedures into the mining and fertilizer manufacturing business. Our approach is recognized under the International Fertilizer Association Protect and Sustain program. 

Nutrien determines product suitability based on scientific evidence, regulatory requirements and a holistic product risk rating approach. We promote the safe and sustainable use of our products by providing information and support to customers on appropriate use, handling and application. 

Nutrien may use animal-based testing to confirm human health safety assurance only in rare occasions when scientifically valid alternative methods are not available. Read our Animal Testing Policy for details.


We consider the social impacts of our products from development to point of sale, especially their impacts on human health and the environment. To make informed decisions about product suitability and use based on science and empirical evidence, we monitor research closely and follow product and ingredient reviews by regulatory agencies, including toxicology and environmental impact studies, chemical hazard classification reviews, substances of very high concern bulletins, government chemical risk assessment reports, and regional and global environmental impact reports.


Nutrien is developing a holistic risk-based product rating approach to create impact profiles for our fertilizer manufactured products. Each profile incorporates information on ingredient origin, regulatory compliance, product chemical hazard classification (for example, not hazardous, toxic to the environment, corrosive), sustainability (for example, potential to contribute to ecosystem degradation, conflict material rating) and supply chain risk factors (for example, security potential for illegal use). These profiles will be used to include environmental and social impact in product decision making.


Nutrien’s products are developed for specific applications. Use outside the mandated scope as defined on the label, in contravention of crop advisor guidance or misuse in general have the potential to negatively impact human and animal health or the environment. We promote the safe use of Nutrien products through product disclosure, manufacturing and retail systems that help enforce regulatory standards, and the provision of training to employees and contractors who handle and apply our products.

Disclosure and transparency: 

  • We provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for all chemical products we manufacture and sell. SDSs contain information on the potential health effects of exposure to chemicals or other potentially dangerous substances and include safe handling and personal protective equipment information for those products. SDSs are available at our production facilities, during product transport, at our Retail locations, and to our customers and the public on our website. 

  • Our product labels and SDSs are compliant with local laws and regulations where we sell our products (for example, US EPA, Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency ("PMRA"), European REACH, Fertilizer Act and Chemical Labelling and Packaging ("CLP"), and Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA")).  

  • We provide online and telephone technical support for retailers, customers and employees on the interpretation of SDSs and labels, on the appropriate use of chemicals (for example, reactivity with other chemicals) and medical emergency situations.

  • Our product stewardship team periodically reviews and updates the information on our labels and in our fertilizer manufacturing and retail data systems.

Safe application of agricultural products:

Pesticides and herbicides are highly regulated products in the markets where we operate. We comply with all applicable regulations and have policies and procedures for the safe and appropriate use of the products we sell. Policies and procedures include:  

  • A retail system that enforces licensing and certification for pesticide product handling and use. This system regulates which pesticide products can be sold in which regions, which Retail locations are certified to sell which products, and which customers have the appropriate license or permit to purchase a product.

  • Formalized regulatory change monitoring and participation in industry-regulator working groups.  

  • Appropriate job descriptions to identify regulatory compliance responsibilities.


We require that our employees, contractors and contracted service providers (that is, applicators) have the required industry and regional training and qualifications to handle and apply our products (for example, Pest Control Advisor, Qualified Applicator License or Certificate), and our technical services include training and advice on best practices for products sold through our Retail business unit.

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