Mosaic Discusses Operating Responsibly and Leading with Purpose at 2015 COMMIT! Forum
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Mosaic Discusses Operating Responsibly and Leading with Purpose at 2015 COMMIT! Forum

October 30, 2015   |   ShareThis

At the 2015 Commit! to a Responsible Culture & Supply Chain Forum in New York City October 21-22, Mosaic joined leading companies, NGOs and various stakeholders in the charge to improve the role of business in society. Speakers at the conference advocated for impactful best practices and provided insights into how corporate responsibility and sustainability drive sales, save money and improve asset values.

Reducing energy use and emissions provides cost-savings and environmental value

Neil Beckingham, Director of Sustainability at The Mosaic Company, participated in a plenary session on “Leadership in Energy Management.” According to Beckingham, energy management is one of the most important ways that Mosaic exhibits sustainability leadership. The company’s three-pronged approach to energy management includes cogeneration, improved conservation and greater efficiency.

In offering advice to attendees interested in achieving greater energy savings, Beckingham emphasized the need to explore strategic collaboration. Citing Mosaic examples in Florida and Saskatchewan, he said, “Industry collaborations play an important role in our effort to conserve resources, and we’ve realized some of our best synergies with unlikely partners – including competitors.”

In 2014, continuous energy improvements in Mosaic’s manufacturing facilities and support functions resulted in more than 1.6 million gigajoules of energy savings—the equivalent of powering approximately 40,000 homes. View more energy-saving projects in Mosaic’s 2014 Sustainability Report, G4-EN6.

Jim Prokopanko receives 2015 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual event culminated with Corporate Responsibility Magazine and the COMMIT! Forum presenting its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Prokopanko, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mosaic Company.

The award recognizes individuals whose risk-taking, vision and pioneering spirit have led to significant achievements in the CSR field over the course of their careers.

"Jim Prokopanko's career at Mosaic for the last decade and his prior executive positions were all dedicated to creating company cultures that promoted responsibility and sustainability," said Elliot Clark, CEO of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. "We are proud to announce that this year's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a leader like Jim, who served the world's largest fertilizer company with a dedicated sense of responsibility."

Under Prokopanko’s leadership, Mosaic developed numerous sustainability initiatives and integrated corporate social responsibility into its diverse portfolio of partnerships — including community investment, sustainable agriculture, global food security and nutrient stewardship. For example, Prokopanko led Mosaic’s development of 2020 company sustainability targets to reduce freshwater use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per tonne of product.

Prokopanko was also the chief champion of starting The Mosaic Villages Project, a cross-climate, cross-geography program with implementing partners that helps smallholder farmers pull their families from poverty by learning best agronomic practices and increasing yields over traditional farming methods.

As Mosaic’s CEO, Prokopanko also provided leadership to the fertilizer industry on the importance of engaging on 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework to achieve the agricultural benefits of fertilizer and reduce crop nutrient loss to the environment.

Our congratulations to Jim Prokopanko on this honor!