Nutrien Aims to Transform Agriculture
November 26, 2021
Nutrien is the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services and their purpose starts with the global challenge of feeding nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050.
In their recent announcement, Nutrien aims to make key transformations through ambitious commitments that will drive systemic change and will help lead the next wave of agriculture’s evolution. Their Feeding the Future Plan has three focus areas with six priority commitments:
- Feeding the Planet Sustainably: Strengthen food security by scaling sustainable and productive agriculture.
- Enable growers to adopt sustainable and productive agricultural products and practices on 75 million acres globally.
- Launch and scale a comprehensive Carbon Program, empowering growers and the agriculture industry to accelerate climate-smart agriculture and soil carbon sequestration while rewarding growers for their efforts.
- Environment and Climate Action: Provide solutions and platforms to achieve emissions reductions in alignment with climate science. This includes Nutrien’s commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
- Achieve at least a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1 + 2) per tonne of our products produced, from a 2018 baseline.
- Invest in new technologies and pursue the transition to low-carbon fertilizers, including blue and green ammonia.
- Inclusive Agriculture: Support rural livelihoods and increase participation of underrepresented stakeholders in agriculture.
- Leverage our farm-focused technology partnerships and investments to drive positive impact in industry and grower innovation and inclusion.
- Create new financial solutions for growers to strengthen social, economic and environmental outcomes in agriculture.
These commitments are just the beginning. They also have new environment, social and governance (ESG) performance targets and goals which are integrated across their company.
Nutrien’s efforts ripple through many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but it’s clear their primary focus is SDG 2: Zero Hunger through 2.4.1 sustainable and productive agriculture. Their efforts drive at the core of their strategy which is to sustainably feed more people, using less resources and with fewer emissions.
Nutrien is encouraging stakeholders to come together to evolve the systems and policies needed to address these challenges. As they strive to transform our food system, they encourage the sharing of information and pooling of resources for a new generation of systems-based solutions.
Visit their website for more information on their Feeding the Future Plan.
Click here to view Nutrien’s 2021 ESG Report.
Grazing Forward Launched by Cargill, A&W and New Acre Project
August 4, 2021
Feeding the world while addressing climate change and biodiversity loss is the defining challenge of our time; and success will require the participation of farmers and ranchers everywhere with the support of forward-looking companies that are committed to climate action.
Seizing this challenge, ALUS is pleased that A&W Canada and Cargill are demonstrating bold leadership by creating Grazing Forward, a new initiative of New Acre™ Project that will expand regenerative practices to address climate change within the beef supply chain in 20 communities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba over the next three years.
As an initial step, Grazing Forward will enhance more than 6,000 acres and will sequester up to 12,578 MT greenhouse gas emissions per year. Together, we will support community-based actions, empowering ranchers to use their knowledge, energy and skills to enhance grazed land management practices that improve water quality, wildlife habitat and climate resilience.
The partnership will also draw on the knowledge of ranchers like Sean McGrath, who operates Round Rock Ranching in Vermilion County, with pastures on both sides of the Saskatchewan/Alberta border. Sean enrolled in ALUS in 2010 and has held leadership roles in the program ever since, because he is motivated to provide guidance to other ranchers who are exploring new options with their land.
As a rancher, who has been a participant in the ALUS program for 16 years, I can attest to the pride one feels when he or she is called upon to apply creativity, passion and skills learned through generations of experience working the land to address the great societal challenges that face us today.
Grazing Forward will create shared value for A&W, Cargill, for participating ranchers and for all Canadians, building healthier and more resilient landscapes while addressing the climate challenge, globally.
These benefits will ultimately be shared with the generations that follow.
For more information, visit https://newacreproject.alus.ca/
Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation, and an Important Role for CBSR
July 26, 2021
I want to open this month’s CBSR newsletter with an acknowledgement about the devastating discovery of unmarked burial ground for children at the Kamloops former residential school. This has been a very difficult time which adds weight to the known lasting impact for those directly affected by residential schools in Canada. This reality is being presented front and centre to many Canadian’s who have been unaware of the human cost that Canada’s history has had, and continues to have, on Indigenous peoples.
The death of children at any time has universal resonance with humans. That said, more resonance needs to take place if we are going to support reconciliation in Canada. For CBSR this means more time listening, learning, reflecting and then developing more thinking, platforms, interactions and tools to support businesses in Canada to understand the truth and to see themselves as part of the solution in supporting the healing that needs to take place in the country.
In a recent conversation with a new friend and board member, Annie Korver, she reminded me that “there can be no reconciliation without truth”. For me, and our organization that is behind CBSR, we are committed to being active participants in truth, reconciliation and justice. We are also very proud that one of our organization’s founders has gone on to create Indigenous Clean Energy, a platform for empowering Indigenous communities through renewable energy development and important initiatives like ‘Bringing it Home’ to address the housing crisis in communities.
For me personally, I had the benefit of doing university at two schools that many decades ago embraced Indigenous learning in Canada, first at Trent University and then at the University of Northern British Columbia. Trent was the first university in Canada, and only the second in North America, to establish an academic department dedicated to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in its programs and it had a profound impact on me. After that, I had the fortune while at the David Suzuki Foundation to support work with the Musqueam people on preserving the last wild salmon stream in Vancouver. That experience helped me create some very positive relationships, and quite frankly broke down a lot of prejudices I had. Stereotypes were demystified, and I felt freer, and much richer. Now as a father, I have tried to make sure my children have awareness on the truth, the call to reconciliation and understand the importance of it to their future. I have taken them both separately through the Kairos Blanket Exercise and have been deeply impacted by the experience and its teachings.
The recent news from the former residential school shocked me, but didn’t surprise me, given what I knew about the horrors of this reality in our country. I’ll never forget the lesson of the blanket exercise, where even if the children at the schools survived the experience, they often found returning to their communities very difficult and were left with no where to turn. What a terrible life sentence. I hope this Kamloops discovery motivates Canadians to listen, truly listen, to Indigenous stories – stories of the horrific experiences and the lasting impacts today. I believe the true potential for our country can only be achieved if we understand truth, participate in reconciliation, and seek justice for Indigenous peoples. “Reconciliation must create a more equitable and inclusive society by closing the gaps in social, health and economic outcomes that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians” (TRC Final Report, What We Have Learned).
For CBSR, the board is seeking out direction on how to participate in active listening and learning to support acts of reconciliation amongst Canadian business. Diversity of views and backgrounds is a priority to have on the board and this will help when we set out our initiatives and programming. For the business that manages CBSR (the GLOBE and Delphi constellation) we have a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (“JEDI”) process underway, being helped by third party experts to identify areas where we can be better as it relates to critical social issues like Indigenous reconciliation. Given we are a purpose led organization, with ‘socially just’ in our vision, we are looking for more ways to be true to that north star that guides us.
For CBSR’s work, we want to increase the number of businesses in Canada where Indigenous reconciliation is an imperative, from a moral and a business point of view. This will take many steps and paths, and we are motivated by the need for business to be part of the solution to this critical priority for the future of the country. We also commit to actively seek out Indigenous led businesses for involvement in CBSR. Lastly, we encourage all members of CBSR, and its broader network to reach out with examples of steps they are taking, or ideas for strong paths to walk down, that help business engage on reconciliation. Beyond making land acknowledgements, we need to make a statement regarding what measures we are taking to build a more socially just future for Indigenous communities in Canada. Pointing business to Call to Action #92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action Report is a place to start http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf.
As someone who’s life has been enriched by my interactions and collaborations with Indigenous peoples and communities, I desperately hope the rest of the non-indigenous community in Canada can be open and interested to broaden what they see as essential to Canada’s future.