At Nutrien, our goal is to create and sustain competitive advantages through innovative supply chain strategies. An ethical and reliable supply chain is essential in helping us uphold our company standards for social and labor practices and building resilience to environmental, political or other disruptive events.

Our Approach:

Nutrien is committed to responsible sourcing. Our Supplier Code of Ethics (Supplier Code), applies to suppliers that provide products or services to Nutrien around the world. 

Our work to build a responsible supply chain includes working with suppliers that uphold our standards, reviewing supplier performance, including human rights protection in our contractual obligations and fostering a diverse supply chain.

Supplier and contractor evaluation

Supplier screening: 
We evaluate potential suppliers based on industry, geographic region, government interaction and expected annual spend. We use a data-based approach to assign each potential supplier a pre-tier level, allowing for identification of potential risks or benefits in line with our criteria before awarding a contract. 

Supplier performance management: 
Nutrien’s current supplier tiers are based on annual spend, risk of interruption of supply and geographical footprint. As part of the Supplier Code due diligence program, Nutrien conducts in-person supplier audits as necessary on a risk basis.    

Ingredient and feedstock evaluations: 
Nutrien only sources active ingredients from suppliers that are certified by the local certifying agency where they are sold and/or distributed (for example, EPA in the US). 

Contractor management:
Our different business units have varying on-site contractor needs. On-site contractors must be registered and in compliance (that is, with an A or B rating) with ISNetworld, an online contractor and supplier management platform that collects and verifies key contractor information, including safety, health and environmental performance. These standards are required by any contractor entering into a work area within a Nutrien facility.


Suppliers are required through the contract process to comply with our Supplier Code, which includes expectations for non-discrimination, a commitment to compliance with human rights laws, and the avoidance of forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking. We do not knowingly procure materials from conflict zones, which is prohibited by our Supplier Code.


Nutrien is committed to give fair consideration to all qualified local contractors and suppliers as we procure goods and services. Nutrien expects the same commitment from our suppliers through their own network. Nutrien actively builds our business environment to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate, and to grow opportunities for Indigenous communities, people and businesses throughout our supply chain.

Increased rollout of Indigenous Content Playbook:
Our Indigenous supplier relationships have taken decades to build. Nutrien provides guidance for our suppliers to also build meaningful relationships with Indigenous partners by sharing realistic sample strategies, goals and targets through our Indigenous Content Playbook.  

Nutrien invests in growing relationships with Indigenous-owned companies. We are working toward equalizing the environment by creating project and employment opportunities with clear expectations of how Indigenous ownership and true economic participation can drive successful outcomes. We encourage competitive bids, safe project delivery and sustainable growth. Our Indigenous suppliers have created measurable results and are consistently unlocking the potential for true competitive advantages. The value that is created through building relationships with Indigenous communities and people provides sustainability and stability back to the local economy. 


Nutrien has been fully self-sufficient in phosphate rock production since early 2020 as a result of converting our Redwater, Alberta phosphate facility to produce ammonium sulfate and closing the Geismar, Louisiana phosphate facility at the end of 2018. Both locations previously sourced phosphate rock from OCP (Western Sahara). Learn More.

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