In alignment with Mosaic’s Environment, Health and Safety policies, Mosaic is committed to conducting all business activities in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of our employees, our contractors, our customers and the public. Mosaic’s core values of integrity, excellence, sustainability and connectivity define how we conduct business, how we interact with colleagues, and how we treat our communities and planet. As such, 100% of Mosaic operations have impact assessment and development programs. Mosaic employs a variety of approaches to systematically assess and manage the diverse impacts of industry on the various communities in which we operate.
Across the globe, our employees adhere to the same companywide values. This common sense of purpose and responsibility ensures that we approach our work with a shared goal. Mosaic has key distribution facilities in eight countries, serving customers in approximately 40 countries around the world. In Central Florida, where Mosaic mines phosphate rock and manufactures phosphate fertilizers and animal feed ingredients (AFI), the company owns seven mining and finishing facilities. The company also mines potash from five mines in North America, primarily in Saskatchewan. Additionally, Mosaic owns 12 facilities in Brazil, which is an important region for future growth. Although Mosaic continues to refine and adapt community investment programs throughout South America and Asia, due to the nature of our business and potential impact, this report heavily emphasizes Central Florida, Saskatchewan, Canada and Brazil.
Our operations in Saskatchewan, Central Florida and Brazil work diligently to engage local communities. Mosaic's engagement within local communities includes monthly meetings with a series of community advisory panels, civic organizations, elected officials, civil servants and other opinion leaders. Mosaic reaches the broader community through print, broadcast, billboard and digital ads, news and social media outlets, direct mail, and public education initiatives. When the business plans to expand operations, we host community forums and participate in public hearings convened by local and regional governments.
Mosaic is committed to conducting and reporting the results of environmental impact assessments. In April 2013, the final Areawide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) on Phosphate Mining in the Central Florida District was released by the ACOE for public review. In August 2013, the AEIS for continued phosphate mining in the Central Florida Phosphate District was finalized. Administered by the ACOE in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, this process analyzed the environmental scope and potential impacts of phosphate mining in Central Florida. Additionally, as it becomes available, information about our permit applications is posted online on microsites targeted to each permitting county in Central Florida. This transparency provides the public with a clearer view of the regulatory process for permitting and gives local residents the ability to communicate directly with the experts overseeing a given project.
The Mosaic Potash business unit conducts regular environmental impact assessments, reporting the findings to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. All environmental impact assessments have been submitted and approved to date. Additionally, the Mosaic Potash facilities in Saskatchewan, Canada, conduct thorough biological assessments of proposed expansion sites, such as the assessments for the tailing expansion at the Colonsay and Esterhazy mines, as well as the new K3 mine shaft site at Esterhazy. Each of these assessments includes field surveys to identify rare species of plants and animals of special concern to identify if mitigation programs are required.
Each year, Mosaic aims to invest 1% of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) over a three-year rolling average into our communities. The Mosaic Company, The Mosaic Company Foundation and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil make investments in our global communities through philanthropic grants, employee engagement and in-kind donations. Combined contributions in 2013 reached $27.16 million.
In 2013, Mosaic operations in Florida committed more than $10 million, and operations in Saskatchewan committed more than $5 million to enrich and improve communities where we have offices and operations. Mosaic employs regional, full-time public affairs (PA) staff to support all communities where we have an operating footprint. Mosaic PA staff is committed to maintaining an open dialogue with the people in our communities, assessing local needs and building partnerships designed to improve community vibrancy for local residents. Independent Community Advisory Panels (CAPs) help facilitate this work. Underwritten by Mosaic, CAPs serve as a forum for open discussion among representatives of the local community, and provide a place for companies to discuss community response to industry developments and plans.
In some locations, there are cultural implications to our business that Mosaic addresses through community engagement. Through the efforts of the manager of Aboriginal Engagement in Canada and Mosaic’s Representative Workforce Strategy, Mosaic continues to build a more inclusive workforce by working with various provincial tribal councils. Mosaic recognizes the significance of building relationships with educational institutions throughout Saskatchewan, as well as other First Nation and Metis organizations that serve the career development needs of aboriginal people in Saskatchewan. For example, Mosaic partners with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies’ Mining Industry Prep Programs, which are based in Saskatoon, Yorkton and Regina, to prepare the aboriginal workforce for careers in mining.
Mosaic is committed to stakeholder engagement and public outreach efforts. Through face-to-face meetings, social media, government relations, facility tours and more, Mosaic connects with stakeholders to keep them well informed and engaged with our mission to help the world grow the food it needs.
Mosaic provides a great number of economic and social benefits to the local communities in which it operates. However, as with all mining activities, the extraction and beneficiation of phosphate rock and potash to meet the global demand for mineral fertilizer has the potential to cause environmental impacts. Mosaic operates in a highly regulated and monitored industry. We work closely with state/provincial and federal officials on operations, expansions and sales to ascertain the environmental impact of industry activities on local communities. Through this collaboration, Mosaic has identified and implemented mitigation opportunities that safeguard local communities from potential negative impact. For information on actual or potential impacts, please see the discussion of risk factors in our 10-K Report (Pages 25-47).
Mosaic is committed to conducting business in a manner that protects the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers and communities. In order to assess and ensure the safety of our operations and communities, Mosaic instituted the Risk-Based Inspection Mechanical Integrity program, which was launched in 2010 at our Esterhazy operations in Saskatchewan and New Wales plant in Florida. The program provides an industry-leading process to proactively identify risk and prevent failure of assets at our mines and facilities by giving employees the information and resources they need to:
Mosaic was one of the first companies in the industry to take a look at this approach, demonstrating our commitment to continuously improving the way we operate and ensuring the safety of our facilities and local communities.
Additionally, a cross-functional team comprising of representatives from EHS, Operations and Public Affairs has identified 12 scenarios that would have the most dramatic impact on the company's brand, reputation or financial well-being. The team built a crisis and critical issues program that tests and drills employees on their preparedness for various issues. These drills have been completed at all major facilities across the company. The next step in Mosaic’s crisis-management preparation will build on the coordination facilities already have with local first-responders and community leaders.
Environmental impact is an increasingly important issue against which all human activities must be weighed. Mosaic has been a leader in habitat conservation, land reclamation projects for previously mined land and water conservation, which mitigate potential environmental impacts on the communities in which we operate.
In April 2013, the final AEIS on Phosphate Mining in the Central Florida District was released by the ACOE for public review. Administered by the ACOE in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, this process analyzed the environmental scope and potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of proposed and reasonably foreseeable phosphate mining projects in the Central Florida Phosphates District. Among the report’s noteworthy conclusions was that with mitigation, there will not be any significant adverse impacts on wetlands and wildlife habitat from proposed future Mosaic mining activities.
In 2013, Mosaic had no disputes to report relating to land use, customary rights of local communities and indigenous peoples.
There were no such disputes in 2013.
Before concerns or disputes arise, Mosaic strives to engage in an interactive dialogue with stakeholders, including local communities and interest groups, through means such as our Internet site and community microsites, tours of plants and mines, community advisory panels, town halls, and/or open houses.
In 2013, no artisanal or small-scale phosphate or potash mining took place on, or adjacent to any Mosaic site. Mosaic's mining operations encompass potash and phosphate ores, which are less suited to artisanal or small-scale mining (as compared to precious metals, for example). Our mine operations are capital intensive, and therefore, risks are required to be defined and managed well before any mining occurs.
Mosaic’s Potash and Phosphate operations are well established mining regions with 50-plus years of operations. Mosaic has community relations managers who ensure potential impacts from our operations are communicated effectively to community associations. Community relations managers also work in conjunction with our land management office to address any questions or concerns raised by the community. The Potash Business Unit’s Land and Minerals Department works with individual landowners to ensure the appropriate level of consultation is employed, as is required by provincial legislation and internal policy.
Mosaic recently participated in an AEIS, a two-year study by the ACOE, evaluating the cumulative impacts of phosphate rock mining in Central Florida. The study involved extensive community consultation, and the final report was issued in June 2013.
Mosaic’s phosphate mining is a land intensive operation. As such, our mine sites have to go through a detailed permitting process that involves determination and approval of ultimate closure, post-closure care and/or reclamation of our facilities. Please refer to MM1, EN13 and EN14 for specific details of our reclamation efforts.
Mosaic has plans in place as required by governmental regulations for the closure and post closure care of our phosphogypsum management systems at seven former and current phosphoric acid manufacturing plants in Florida and Louisiana. Similarly, Mosaic has plans in place as required by governmental regulations for the closure and post-closure care of its Carlsbad and Saskatchewan mining operations. For specific details on our estimated asset retirement obligations (ARO), please refer to our 10-K (pages 34, F-29, F-33, F-36, F-84-85).
Similarly, Mosaic has plans in place as required by governmental regulations for the closure and post-closure care of its Carlsbad and Saskatchewan mining operations. For specific details of our estimated AROs, please refer to our 10-K.
Mosaic’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics demands strict compliance from our employees and requires any employees who have been assigned a company computer user id – which is approximately 3,500 employees – to complete online code of conduct training and certify compliance with the code annually. Mosaic also maintains a 24-hour independently administered confidential and anonymous incident reporting hotline for all Mosaic employees. In addition, Mosaic conducts a robust risk assessment to identify risks related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). A robust fraud risk assessment is also completed in the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts.
Mosaic recognizes the importance of the FCPA and has established a Worldwide Anti-corruption Policy. Mosaic conducts periodic FCPA audits of selected various geographic locations and respective individuals – including but not limited to country managers, sales representatives, accounting/finance personnel and supply chain – whose job responsibilities require a keen awareness of and compliance with the FCPA.
The total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption: three (Potash, Phosphates and Corporate). The percentage of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption: 100% (all three business units, which is our total population of business units). We also review select joint ventures including Miski Mayo in Peru.
Mosaic requires all salaried employees (which includes all management employees) to complete online training regarding the FCPA, and since May 2009, over 5,200 Mosaic employees have completed such training. In addition to the online training, instructor-led training is also provided to certain employees, based on their location and job responsibilities. As part of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics certification process, which is required annually of all salaried employees, employees are specifically asked to certify as to their compliance with the FCPA.
Mosaic has not had any incidents of corruption during the life of our company. Accordingly, we have not dismissed or disciplined any employee for corruption, nor have we declined to renew a contract with a business partner due to violations related to corruption.
As one of the world’s leading crop nutrient companies, Mosaic has a responsibility to be actively engaged in the promotion of sound and sustainable public policies. We are proactive in educating government officials and staff at all levels on our company’s operations, the key issues our company faces, our company's importance to local communities and the critical role we play in the world's food supply. Mosaic supports elected officials who are supportive of Mosaic's mission and share our views on important issues, such as maintaining a strong American manufacturing and mining base, recognizing the importance of crop nutrients in maintaining domestic food security, and supporting reasonable science-based regulation with responsible environmental stewardship.
Our primary public policy activities this reporting period have focused on:
Amounts are reported based on when Mosaic wrote the check, which in some cases may be in a different fiscal year than when the check was delivered and reported by the receiving candidate or organization. Contribution levels vary in accordance with election cycles in local and regional communities where we operate.
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|Note: U.S. political contributions include both “hard” and “soft” money donations, with contributions made from Mosaic PAC included in the U.S. total.|
The settlement of a civil lawsuit filed in 2008 was approved by the court in 2013. The suit against Mosaic and other potash companies alleged that the defendants conspired to fix prices of potash sold in the United States. The settlement was made to avoid the expense and uncertainty associated with such litigation, and as part of the settlement Mosaic expressly denied any wrongdoing.