SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is pleased to announce that PotashCorp, has recently been awarded the IFA Protect & Sustain certificate for product stewardship at the IFA Global Safety Summit 2015 in Vancouver on 24 March 2015. PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer company by capacity demonstrated their commitment to safety, security and sustainability by certifying a record number of 2 headquarters and 16 sites located across 3 countries and involving all primary crop nutrients operations.

Deborah L. Allen of PotashCorp receiving the award
Photo: Deborah L. Allen of PotashCorp receiving the IFA Product & Sustain certificate from IFA President Esin Mete during the Opening Session of the IFA Global Safety Summit in Vancouver on 24 March 2015.

“PCS’s Protect & Sustain certification is really unique. Never before has an IFA member certified more locations and all three primary nutrients in one go! The fact that this has been achieved in three countries, makes this performance even more remarkable,” said Volker Andresen, Director, Technical & Safety, Health, Environment Committee, International Fertilizer Industry Association.

"We're extremely pleased to achieve this certification. PotashCorp takes its responsibilities in these areas very seriously, so we think this is a real landmark for us," said Deborah Allen, Director of Product Stewardship and Security.

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) represents the global fertilizer industry, on issues related to the promotion of plant nutrients, improvement of the operating environment of the member companies and the collection and compilation of industry information. The Protect & Sustain certification is part of the IFA’s Product Stewardship initiative, built on the 12 guiding principles of SHE management. By taking measures to ensure that its products are responsibly-developed, sourced, manufactured, stored, transported and applied, the Association and its participating members demonstrate their commitment to ensuring that fertilizer and their intermediate products are used to the benefit of all and that its inherent risks are at least minimized- and where possible eliminated.

Commenting on the success of PotashCorp, Jeff Dowson, International Sales Manager, Systems & Services Certifications, SGS said:

“PotashCorp made a very bold decision to certify their entire company in a single Protect and Sustain certification and gave SGS a challenge to provide the certification service. I am very pleased at the performance of the SGS team in meeting this challenge, and can only commend PotashCorp in what has been a unique and magnificent result, demonstrating a very well controlled product stewardship system right across their business, showing them as a leading company in their sector.”

For more information on the IFA, please visit International Fertilizer Industry Association.

For more information on the IFA Protect & Sustain certification, please visit Protect & Sustain.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Dowson
Systems and Services Certification
International Sales Manager
SGS United Kingdom Ltd
SGS House
217-221 London Road
Camberley, Surrey
GU15 3EY
United Kingdom
t: +44 (0) 800 900 094
m: +44 (0) 788 993 9725

About PotashCorp

PotashCorp is the world’s largest fertilizer company by capacity, producing the three primary crop nutrients: potash (K), nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P). We are the world’s leading potash producer by capacity and our Canadian operations represent nearly one-fifth of global capacity. To enhance our global footprint, we also have investments in four potash-related businesses in South America, the Middle East and Asia. With operations and business interests in seven countries, PotashCorp is an international enterprise and plays an important role in helping the world grow the food it needs. Visit PotashCorp website.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.