2016 Annual Sustainability Disclosure



When it comes to sustainability at Mosaic, we are responsible, innovative, collaborative and driven. We set measurable goals and hold ourselves accountable for the reduction of waste, water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while increasing electrical cogeneration and our use of alternative energy sources. Since our first sustainability report in 2009, we have been inspired to push further and improve our performance.

In 2015, we announced three measurable 2020 Environmental Targets to track our performance in freshwater and energy use, and GHG emissions. Safety performance remains a critical focus for Mosaic, and we are also striving for progress as it relates to our waste management practices.

2016 was another year of challenging business and operating conditions, but we remain steadfast in our long-term commitment to meeting our sustainability targets.

View our Reporting Leadership & Awards to learn more about our sustainability journey.

Safety Target

Mosaic’s 2016 RIFR was 0.66, the lowest in our company’s history

Where We Are Today

25% improvement in RIFR over 2015

What We Plan to Do Next

Focus on achieving reductions in frequency of potentially serious incidents by concentrating on “leading” instead of “lagging” indicators, including:

  • Management System Effectiveness (EHS MS) rating
  • Pre-job risk assessments and field level hazard assessments
  • Identifying and performing root cause analysis on potentially serious incidents
  • Corrective action hierarchy of controls

Environmental Targets


2016 freshwater* use per tonne of finished product was 4.76 m³, a 4.2% reduction from 2012 baseline

Where We Are Today

Increased use of alternative source water, consuming more than 9.25 million m³ of reclaimed and industrial water in 2016

*“Freshwater” is defined as groundwater and surface water withdrawals and excludes reclaimed water, brine, seawater, and once-through cooling and process water in Louisiana

What We Plan to Do Next

Continue to look for opportunities to reduce water use, and increase recycling at our facilities

Explore additional opportunities to use alternative water sources


2.68 GJ per tonne of finished product, a 1.9% reduction from 2012 baseline

Where We Are Today

Completed projects across the company that improved energy efficiency and reduced GHG emissions

Began operation of a new turbine generator at our Uncle Sam facility that will provide cogenerated power for operations and offset the amount of power purchased from the local grid

Increased internal use of cogenerated power by installing a power line that connects our South Pierce and South Pasture facilities

What We Plan to Do Next

Seek opportunities to reduce energy consumption across operations

Continue to identify opportunities to improve energy performance through capital projects and behavioral change initiatives


0.260 tonnes CO2e per tonne of finished product, a 2.7% reduction from 2012 baseline

Where We Are Today

Completed projects across the company that improved energy efficiency and reduced GHG emissions

Began operation of a new turbine generator at our Uncle Sam facility that will provide virtually GHG emissions-free cogenerated power for operations

What We Plan to Do Next

Continue to identify opportunities to improve energy and emissions performance through capital projects and behavioral change initiatives

Waste Target

Companywide, we recycled more than 65,000 tonnes of waste in 2016

Where We Are Today

Continued to improve our tracking of wastes across segments by including additional facilities and sources

Solidified strategic partnerships with vendors in Phosphates and Potash segments to streamline waste disposal and accounting practices

What We Plan to Do Next

Continue to focus on process standardization and accounting of waste streams

Establish a quantitative waste reduction, diversion or recycling target

Prioritize opportunities for reuse or resale of obsolete or excess inventory

in Action

We continue to work toward our environmental targets announced in 2015. And we believe we will achieve significant progress in 2017.


Mosaic earned recognition as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Saskatchewan’s Top Employers; listed on Forbes’ Canada’s Best Employers list.


Mosaic earned recognition as one of the 150 Best Companies to Work For in Brazil by Guia da Revista Você S/A 2016.

Community investments

Totaled more than





More than 65,000 tonnes of waste reused or recycled
Saved 200,000 GJ through companywide energy efficiency improvements
Mosaic was named to CDP’s Climate A List for efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
0.66 RIFR

Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (RIFR) –
Lowest in company’s history

Four consecutive years of record safety performance


Mosaic planted approximately 800,000 trees in 2016, reclaiming uplands, significant upland habitats and wetlands that generally require more than acre-for-acre replacement under permitting requirements.


Mosaic is recognized as No. 37 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 17th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, regarded as the world’s top corporate responsibility ranking based on publicly available information.


Meaningful engagement of internal and external stakeholders is central to Mosaic’s long-term success. We want to hear the full range of voices in our workplaces and our communities worldwide. By demonstrating our commitment to transparency and ongoing dialogue, our goal is to earn and preserve the trust of all our stakeholders.

G4-24, G4-25, G4-26, G4-27 Mosaic’s stakeholders include our employees, local communities, customers, government and regulatory officials, investors, civil society, environmental organizations, suppliers, media, academia and others. We identify our stakeholders as those who are affected by our activities and whose actions have the potential to affect the outcome of our business activities. Our stakeholders help shape our strategic priorities and give meaning to our mission to help the world grow the food it needs.

Stakeholder Engagement

Mosaic’s StakeholderWays We Engage
How Often

Topics of Importance
AcademiaFund or sponsor research, technical and industry meetings, research site visits, in-person visits during growing season, remote meetingsMonthly to QuarterlyProduct and process innovations, agronomic research and development, nutrient stewardship, product trials, regulations, and impacts of our business and the industry
Civil Society OrganizationsInternet site, meetings with organizations, local community and business leaders, corporate communicationsWeekly to Biannually
Nutrient stewardship, habitat conservation, watershed protection and restoration, sustainable agriculture, food security, local community investment and partnerships
CustomersSales relationships, regular visits, customer service surveys, special events, memberships in industry organizationsWeekly to BiannuallyProduct innovations, agronomic research and development, nutrient stewardship, certifications, impacts of our business and the industry
Employees, Senior Leadership Team and Board of DirectorsIntranet sites, e-screens at plants and mines, town hall meetings, engagement surveys and activities, Annual Meeting, committee meetingsDailyEnvironment, health and safety; company, business segment and facility performance; our business and our industry; business conduct and ethics; professional development and training; Mosaic's strategic community
Government and Regulatory OfficialsFederal, provincial/state, and local executive and legislative branch advocacy, permitting applications, tours of plants and mines, engagement in state, national and trade association activitiesBiweekly to QuarterlyCompliance, environmental investment and footprint, industry leadership, voluntary programs
Investors and Financial MarketsInternet site, webcasts and presentations, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports, analyst meetings, press releasesDaily to QuarterlyInvestments, financial results, market data, operational excellence, risks and opportunities, company and shareholder priorities
Joint Ventures and Business PartnersBoard meetings, technical and planning sessions, site visitsDaily to BiannuallyProject details, environment, health and safety, investments, technologies, product and process knowledge
Labor UnionsEmployee and labor relations meetings, contract negotiationsDaily to AnnuallySafety, contract interpretation, employee relations issues, engagement, productivity, work environment
Local CommunitiesInternet site and community microsites, tours of plants and mines, community advisory panels, town halls and/or open houses, media, community organization memberships, economic and charitable partnershipsDaily to QuarterlyPartnerships and community relations, corporate and charitable support, environmental investment, environmental footprint, education, local jobs, economic impact
MediaPress releases, interviews and briefings, internet site and community microsites, SEC reports, tours of plants and mines, town halls and/or open housesDaily to QuarterlyCompany priorities, performance and products, food security, nutrient stewardship, watershed restoration, local economic impact, partnerships and community relations, corporate and charitable support
RetireesMailings, HR ConnectAs needed to AnnuallyPlan benefit summaries and changes, investment updates and disclosures
SuppliersInternet site, supplier surveyWeekly to BiannuallyCost reduction, productivity, quality and innovation opportunities; new technologies; contract preparation; environment, health and safety evaluation; products and services provided; certifications; impacts of products and services

Cross-sector and Industry Partnerships

G4-15, G4-16 Mosaic recognizes the importance of being active in industry associations and cross-sector business forums. These common platforms help advance cutting-edge scientific research and best management practices within our company and our industry. We consider the relevance of each engagement opportunity to our business strategies, and we pursue mutually beneficial partnerships. Many of the key organizations we engage with are listed here.

Cross-sector and Industry Partnerships

OrganizationWays We Engage

Cross-sector Organization
CDPReporter Services Member for Climate Change and WaterMosaic supports CDP’s aims to improve transparency with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, and develop reduction strategies. We report to CDP annually.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)GOLD Community MemberAs a member of the GOLD Community, Mosaic is helping to shape the future of sustainability and reporting. Our annual sustainability disclosure is based on GRI's G4 guidelines.
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)MemberThrough membership and committee participation, Mosaic contributes to NAM’s work to create a favorable policy climate for manufacturing in the United States.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)SignatoryIn 2011, Mosaic became a signatory to the UNGC, affirming our deep commitment to operating responsibly. We communicate our progress on the UNGC's universal principles in our annual sustainability report.
Industry Organization
Agriculture Nutrient Policy Council (ANPC)MemberOur membership in the ANPC allows us to be an active stakeholder and leader in the policy process, building the industry’s technical, legal and policy capacity.
Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA)Board LevelMosaic contributes to ARA’s mission to advocate, influence, educate and provide support to agricultural retailers.
Associação Nacional para Difusão de Adubos (ANDA)MemberAs a member of ANDA, Mosaic promotes the value and correct use of fertilizers in Brazil.
Fertilizer Canada (formerly Canadian Fertilizer Institute)Board LevelMosaic supports Fertilizer Canada’s efforts to promote the responsible, sustainable and safe production distribution and use of fertilizers.
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)Board LevelIn 2016, Mosaic continued to partner with CTIC on several initiatives that champion, promote, and provide information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems.
Field to Market®Board LevelMosaic contributes to solutions for sustainability and continuous improvement in U.S. commodity agriculture.
Global Harvest Initiative (GHI)Board LevelMosaic contributes to GHI’s mission to advocate for productivity improvements throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing population.
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)MemberMosaic supports IFA’s efforts to represent, promote and protect the fertilizer industry among policymakers, regulators, farmers and society at large.
International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)Board LevelMosaic contributes to and benefits from IPNI’s information about the production, distribution and use of crop nutrients, and their influence on soil fertility.
Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA)Board LevelMosaic supports the SMA’s aims to enhance the general welfare of the mining industry through technical innovations in the fields of health and safety standards, waste disposal, environmental protection, and extractive metallurgy research and development.
Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association (SPPA)Board LevelOur membership in SPPA allows us to be an active stakeholder in the policymaking process.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI)Board LevelMosaic partners with TFI in its mission to represent, promote and protect the fertilizer industry.
Fertiliser Association of India (FAI)MemberMosaic supports and partners with FAI in its objective to ensure food security through balanced and efficient use of plant nutrients.