2021 EMPLOYEE PROGRAM CELEBRATES INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
April 22, 2022
One of Mosaic’s strategic priorities is to Act Responsibly. Our approach is simple: minimize risks and impacts and maximize value to our diverse stakeholders. Through our Risk Reduction program, our employees help create a safer workplace and make progress on our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets. In fact, their efforts demonstrate that acting responsibly is not just a strategic priority, it’s part of who we are.
In 2021, employees completed more than 960 Risk Reduction projects and reached 138% of our Risk Reduction target with more than a quarter of those being sustainability projects. Continued engagement in the program garnered recognition throughout the company and has resulted in our achieving safety and risk reduction targets tied to employee total compensation and incentive plans.
Today, we celebrate three impactful projects from 2021:
Innovative Risk Reduction Projects in this category impact entire site locations, bring new technology to Mosaic or use an existing technology in a new way, and/or projects that eliminate worker exposure and risks.
Uberaba, Brazil: Temperature Control of Circulation Pumps:
Our Uberaba facility is the largest producer of phosphoric acid in Latin America. The team aimed to increase efficiency and safety of the production process—particularly with the circulation pump. This large pump takes the concentrated acid to the heat exchanger and evaporator. Many variables are monitored electronically, such as pressure, vibration, and speed, however, measuring temperature was done manually. If the temperature was too high, the pump could incur irreversible damage and need to be replaced. Replacing the pump is time intensive and would require an unplanned plant shut down. The team decided to install an infrared and contactless temperature sensor and transmitter that provides online temperature monitoring to catch small issues early. This sensor will shut down the equipment before it fails, which results in reduced safety risk for our employees and lower maintenance costs and downtime of concentration units.
Elevating Environment Projects in this category should be efforts to go beyond regulatory requirements toward environmental stewardship and should elevate Mosaic’s sustainability goals and ESG Performance Targets. This may include waste reduction, energy or water savings, wildlife conservation, etc.
Wingate, Florida – Fresh Water Use Reduction:
One of Mosaic’s ESG Performance Targets is to reduce freshwater use by 20% per tonne of product by 2025. To help towards this goal, a cross-functional team decided to convert the acid wash station from fresh water to re-use water, as water quality allows, and develop a standard operating procedure to manage water quality to the plant—greatly reducing the amount of fresh water needed. After installing a valve and piping to tap into the reuse water, the site has reduced fresh water use by 25% per metric ton of wet rock at that location*, which is greater than 60% of the five-year freshwater use reduction goal.
*Versus 2015 baseline
Hand Safety Impact Projects in this category reduce or eliminate the risks of hand injuries – which was one of the highest recordable injuries at Mosaic.
Cajati, Brazil: Leaf Spring Clamps Removal Device:
Our maintenance team had a goal to eliminate the use of sledgehammers as part of routine maintenance on mining trucks. In 2021, the team created the last of three tools, a hydraulic assisted device to remove leaf spring clamps. This device is easy to handle and very quick to assemble. It reduces ergonomic and physical safety risks associated with what used to be one of the most intensive tasks—requiring the use of sledgehammers in extreme conditions and, at times, a blowtorch to cut the clamps. In the second half of 2021, this new device was used approximately 70 times—avoiding thousands of physically strenuous hits with the sledgehammer.
Employees across the globe have created such a strong safety culture and many sites have gone years without incurring a recordable injury. But in December 2021 and January 2022, we had zero recordable injuries globally. We will never stop working toward zero incidents and injuries, and this milestone confirms zero is possible.
We continue to celebrate these important milestones at Mosaic, but we believe our journey to zero is always ongoing and should be top-of-mind for all of our teams. Learn more about our ESG Performance Targets and our approach to worker wellness and safety.
Mosaic CEO Announces Partnership with FAMU
FOCUS ON ONGOING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
February 9, 2022
Mosaic CEO Joc O’Rourke, and Mosaic employees recently traveled to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) to launch an ongoing partnership with the School of Business and Industry (SBI) that includes internship or cooperative education openings for students, joint research projects, and employment opportunities. To kick start the collaboration, Mosaic announced a donation to the SBI.
During the visit, Joc along with Ben Pratt, Senior Vice President - Government and Public Affairs, Dexter Day, General Manager - Bartow/South Pierce, Nikki Foster, Community Investment Manager - Diversity and Inclusion, and FAMU alumna LaQuinda Brewington, Public Affairs Manager, met with students from the Schools of Business and Industry, Agriculture and Food Science, and Engineering to share their career paths and industry insights.
“Having the opportunity to return to my alma mater is always thrilling but coming back with the purpose of announcing this partnership is extra special,” said LaQuinda. “I am beyond excited about the opportunities that FAMUs’ best and brightest students will be able to take advantage of because of this partnership and I look forward to what the future has in store."
As a leader in the industry and part of Mosaic’s commitment to increasing underrepresented groups in leadership, this collaboration leads the way for a long future with FAMU – Florida’s only public historically Black university and currently the highest ranked historically Black university by U.S. News and World Report. Partnering with universities is an important part of how Mosaic continues to develop innovative products, research product effectiveness, and recruit the best people to work in this essential industry.
“Our focus at FAMU’s School of Business and Industry is to prepare students to thrive in a competitive, global marketplace. This donation from Mosaic reflects our partnership and the company’s commitment to increasing underrepresented groups and leadership diversity in the workplace,” said SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., who is also vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FAMU Foundation.
“We’re excited to collaborate with a deeply respected university. We need the innovative and talented students from FAMU to join our industry and help the world grow the food it needs,” reiterated Joc.
From left to right: Mosaic’s CEO Joc O’Rourke and Florida A&M University’s President Dr. Larry Robinson shake after signing the agreement that outlines the company’s new partnership with FAMU. FAMU Alumna LaQuinda Brewington during the visit.
What Is Driving Fertilizer Prices?
MOSAIC VP OF MARKET AND STRATEGIC ANALYSIS EXPLAINS
February 2, 2022
Current market conditions are a perfect storm of complex issues. Andy Jung, VP of Market and Strategic Analysis, answers some pressing questions to help break down what is causing these issues and when the market might begin to moderate.
Q: What is driving fertilizer prices? A: The recent increases in prices are due to many factors such as increases in commodity prices driving global demand of fertilizers, supply disruptions, and other countries that have restricted fertilizer exports to ensure supply in their own countries. To make matters more complex, each essential nutrient has its own set of reasons why the prices are elevated:
Potash – supplies were limited due to unforeseen production disruptions at several mines and higher demand has caused a rise in prices globally. The geopolitical situation in eastern Europe could further complicate supply disruptions in 2022, leading to prices being elevated throughout the year. To help offset these challenges, Mosaic has already announced plans to bring more supply to the market in 2022.
Nitrogen – supply disruptions from weather events in 2020 and rising gas prices caused many facilities to shut down production, which has led to substantial increases in nitrogen prices globally. The expectation is these one-off disruptions are not permanent, once gas prices revert to more normal levels, production should increase and exert downward pressure on nitrogen prices in 2022.
Phosphates – higher input costs such as ammonia and sulfur, two critical inputs for production of phosphates, have seen prices increase 313% and 194%, respectively, year-over-year - compared to 2020. Further, the entire supply chain has been deeply impacted by the drastic increase in transportation costs. The market has also seen countries pursue nationalistic actions to keep fertilizer supplies at home. For example, China, enacted export restrictions late last year, restrictions that could remain in place through June 2022. China accounts for between one-quarter and one-third of global phosphate exports annually. China’s decision to stop significant exports have impacted supply and demand globally, changing trade flows for every country importing and exporting this critical resource. In addition, one-offs or atypical weather events disrupted production at several facilities around the world, limiting supplies in the short term.
Overall, demand for fertilizer has increased as farmers try to capture additional revenue from high crop prices, leading to an increase in both planted acres and fertilizer use. The outlook for agricultural commodity prices remains strong for 2022, as it was in 2021, and with higher grain prices driving higher fertilizer demand, higher fertilizer costs historically follow. While this alone would increase prices, combined with the above mentioned global supply limitations – the combination has pushed prices to levels not seen in over a decade for phosphates and potash, and unprecedented levels for some nitrogen products.
Q: The phosphate industry in the U.S. petitioned for countervailing duties (CVD) against Morocco and Russia prior to the recent surge in prices, wasn’t that the reason for the recent increases in fertilizer? A: The short answer is no.
The CVD has not limited overall phosphate imports into the U.S. In fact, U.S. phosphate imports increased to a record level in 2021 after increasing by 1.7 million metric tons or 73% relative to 2020 – even with duties imposed on Russian and Moroccan imports. In 2021, 14 countries supplied finished phosphate product to the U.S., about double the number of suppliers in recent years. The U.S. phosphate market is now a more balanced and fair-trade market, which creates a more competitive environment with trusted and reliable suppliers for American farmers and American agriculture in the long term. While U.S. farmers are indeed seeing the costs of inputs rise, they are not alone. Phosphate prices in other key agricultural markets, like Brazil and India, are higher than in the U.S. — which clearly indicates the CVD is not driving higher prices.
To further explain, the tariffs on phosphate imports from Morocco and Russia are settled duties that were determined by an affirmative ruling by both the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce). The CVD was determined after a lengthy and thorough investigation by the ITC and Commerce which determined that Russian and Moroccan phosphate producers were unfairly subsidized by their governments, and that these subsidized imports caused significant harm to the U.S. phosphate industry. While we understand the timing is confusing, the ITC and Commerce departments’ investigation encompassed years of data.
In short, the current market has been driven by a confluence of increased demand, supply chain disruptions, elevated input costs, and pandemic related issues, and not merely by a ruling for fair trade.
Q: What is the current make up of phosphate market share by U.S. producers? A: The U.S. domestic phosphate market can change dramatically year to year. Currently, four domestic producers supply the majority of the market – typically about 70%, with Mosaic the largest producer in North America. Imports typically make up about 30% of supply, although they increased in 2021. Due to the seasonality of demand in North America, Mosaic typically exports about half of its finished phosphate product in any given year. However, as a result of global events this year and Mosaic’s commitment to U.S. farmers to alleviate the current market dynamics, we adjusted our typical trade volumes and purposefully diverted fertilizer tons away from the international market to boost availability domestically when U.S. farmers need it most.
Q: Will high fertilizer prices continue in 2022 and 2023? A: For nitrogen, there is a clear path forward to prices trending downward in 2022 as shuttered facilities come back online to add supply to the global market. There is also new capacity slated for commissioning in 2022. Since nitrogen is a major component of phosphate fertilizers, we should see the lower pricing of nitrogen pass through to phosphate prices. In addition, if China resumes more normalized phosphate exports later in 2022, as expected, we could see those increased volumes contributing to a gradual easing of prices as well; however, phosphate supply is tight with depleted inventories worldwide and any new investments in increasing production takes considerable time. We won’t see that production come online for several years. For potash, all eyes are on eastern Europe and Belarus, where the world’s second-largest potash supplier in Belarus could lose access to their critical export port in Lithuania, which could sharply curb their ability to supply markets around the world. Belarus supplies roughly 16% of all potash globally. As such, potash markets could remain tighter for longer and the current elevated pricing paradigm could persist.
Andy Jung has a master’s in applied economics from Marquette University and more than 20 years of experience in global market analysis. Data explained by Jung in this Q&A are provided by third-party or government entities, market reports, industry and trade associations such as the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). Combined with extensive expertise and experience, this data help to inform Mosaic’s own market analysis and future outlook.
A cornerstone of Mosaic’s strategic priorities is to improve aspects of the business we can control for organizational growth, and Mosaic’s shared services teams highlight the power and effectiveness of collaborating to create global synergies, share learnings, and set goals to measure organizational success.
The Brazil Shared Solutions Center and North America Shared Services have joined forces to establish a centralized phone system for a simple way to contact anyone on the team. The South America team has benefited from North America’s implementation of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in SAP, and the North America team is pursuing a bot software used in South America that crawls platforms like LinkedIn to help in recruiting with hard to fill positions.
“Both teams are made up of highly-skilled and engaged employees who continuously look for innovative ways to save time and money for their colleagues and internal customers,” explained Karen Swager, SVP- Supply Chain. “While this automation does eliminate redundancies in processes and can sometimes reduce the headcount needed to perform tasks, both of these operations are growing. Identifying, creating and maintaining efficiencies requires a human touch, and the continued focus on Mosaic’s strategic priorities means the teams do a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure they’re contributing to our global progress.”
Blazing the Trail – 2022 and Beyond
As we move into 2022, Mosaic is focusing on accelerating technology and digitization to drive functional collaboration and efficiency across the global organization. Over this past year, the North America team has made progress in enabling employees to efficiently request help and resolve issues. They’ve written more than 400 articles, called Knowledge Articles, that share tips on how to accomplish a task and outlines how to get help, implemented new policies to modernize employee spending and reporting, have also been integral in keeping our personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines filled, and have been cataloguing resources for K3—our newest potash mine in Saskatchewan, Canada. While this new team has a long list of projects they plan to tackle, they’re starting with the places they can make the fastest and largest impacts.
The South America team has been expanding their reach to serve the business in new ways. In all they do, anticipating colleagues needs remains their top priority. So they’ve been identifying opportunities to make tasks simpler for the business before they even ask. Their relationship model enables them to identify pain points and areas where they can help.
Nestle, who is globally revered as a leader in the shared services space, has modeled similar ways of partnering with internal and external customers, so the team seeks some of their inspiration from what they’ve seen work well at Nestle. One example of this is an Innovation Hub that was established in March 2021. Through the Innovation Hub, the team uses market benchmarks to anticipate both emerging technology and business needs, and they engage with third-party start-ups to learn about innovative ways to resolve issues.
They’re also working on further integration of SAP, machine learning and improvements to an existing Chatbot self-service tool.
With more than 400,000 internal requests completed in 2021, measuring success for these teams includes minimizing the need for requests at all, making sure shared services are effective support services, and that they continue to foster innovation with automation, analytics, continuous improvement, and enhanced user experiences. As a global organization that supports multifaceted business operations, a global yet agile approach to shared services, strengthens our core to enable the whole company to do what we do best – help the world grow the food it needs.
Global Approach to Local Solutions
SHARED SERVICES – TESTED, PROVEN, EXPANDED
January 13, 2022
A pillar of Mosaic’s strategic priorities is to continue to improve aspects of the business we can control for organizational growth. Market’s ebb and flow, but there are always elements we can manage to help drive functional collaboration and efficiency across the organization that help to secure our future is strong.
With the acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes in 2018, Mosaic’s business in South America became more complex. There was an immediate need to create consistency and standardization of the most common administrative and transactional functions, so the Uberaba Brazil Shared Solutions Center was created with specific goals in mind.
Standardize processes and systems
Foster innovation with automation, analytics, continuous improvement, user experience — and partner to enable these capabilities within other areas
Provide a stable administrative platform for business growth
Improve process integration by beginning with an end-to-end mindset
Elevate the customer experience—internal and external—with user-first technology
Provide significant financial return to the company
Some of these goals were achieved immediately or soon after, and others were set with a long-term goal of taking on more processes and continuing to reassess where the team could help to further streamline the business. At the time, there were processes that didn’t have formal documentation or timelines for completion, so the team was starting at the very beginning.
The Brazil Shared Solutions Center celebrated three years since opening its doors in December 2021. Between the internal excitement around this new way of working and the local media coverage it received – the center was even recognized as one of the best shared services centers by the Brazilian Association of Shared Services (ABSC). There has always been interest and high expectations around what a shared services concept could accomplish. The teams have completely reimagined the way we work in South America which helped to propel and set the groundwork for the launch of North America Shared Services in 2020—there’s a lot the teams want to do next and there’s no slowing down in sight.
North America Shared Services Launches
In November 2020, North America Shared Services officially welcomed its first group of employees—Procurement Services. Over the next few months, employees from Human Resources and Finance joined the team.
Mosaic Connect—a platform for submitting requests for these teams—launched for use by all North America. In preparation for these steps, the teams who collaborated to create the North America model used the learnings from our South America governance and launch to help customize an approach that would best serve the needs of the business, as well as our U.S. and Canada customers and suppliers.
While the North America team is still very new, they continue to evaluate business processes that could benefit from the consistency and automation that their team can offer, which could result in additional teams or employees moving onto the team in the future.
Just in 2021, both Shared Services teams secured an estimated cost savings of over $4 million!
Total # of processes managed
2021 cost savings (estimated)*
2021 improvements/wins implemented*
2021 improvements/win in development*
*Includes automation, system improvements and process improvements
**not all requests are tracked in the system yet
The Mosaic Company Names Jenny Wang to Senior Leadership Team
JENNY WANG NAMED SVP–GLOBAL STRATEGIC MARKETING, HEAD OF CHINA AND INDIA
January 6, 2022
Yijun "Jenny" Wang has been named SVP-Global Strategic Marketing, Head of China and India, and joins the company's Senior Leadership Team effective January 1, 2022.
Wang, current VP-Global Strategic Marketing, leads pricing strategy and product placement for phosphate and potash globally, strategic market and analysis, brand marketing, new product commercialization, and Mosaic's distribution businesses in China and India. Wang has also served on the Board of Directors at Canpotex for two years.
"Jenny's expertise in the global agriculture market has played a key role in Mosaic's strategy for the past 10 years," said President and CEO Joc O'Rourke. "Her leadership will be critical to Mosaic's global positioning as the industry continues to evolve and we expand our distribution business in China and India."
Prior to joining Mosaic in 2011, Wang held various leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Business Development, Global Product Management and as Country Managing Director at Syngenta for 16 years in China, Vietnam and its global headquarters in Switzerland.
Wang earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Sun Yat-sen University and a Master of Biology degree from South China Agriculture University. She graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
HOW GLOBAL TRADE ISSUES, SUPPLY AND DEMAND ARE DRIVING UP COSTS
December 15, 2021
High global demand coupled with supply chain disruptions have caused uncertainty and instability in many industries, and have deeply impacted businesses, governments and individuals across the world. The agriculture industry has been impacted in many ways, one of which is the recent increase in input costs, including fertilizer prices, and it is understandably causing frustration among agricultural retailers and farmers.
At The Mosaic Company, our mission is to help the world grow the food it needs. We do everything we can to offer stable prices and a reliable supply of critical fertilizer to U.S. farmers. In fact, we supply approximately 50% of the phosphate fertilizer applied in the United States. We recognize that fertilizer costs have increased dramatically over the past several months, and feel a responsibility to share our global perspective on this complex issue.
Fertilizers are globally traded commodities, just like corn, soybean and wheat, and as a result, their prices are influenced by many factors related to global supply and demand. Fertilizer prices are not determined by individual companies. Several factors have contributed to the rise in prices:
Fertilizer demand follows commodity prices
Demand for fertilizer has increased as farmers try to capture additional revenue from high crop prices, leading to an increase in both planted acres and fertilizer use. The trade outlook for U.S. commodity exports remains strong for 2022, as it has been in 2021, and with higher grain prices driving higher fertilizer demand, higher fertilizer costs historically follow.
The cost of fertilizer production has increased
Because of raw-material price increases, it costs more to produce phosphate fertilizer today than in the past. For example, the cost of ammonia has increased 288% year-over-year, and sulfur is up 165%. Further, the entire supply chain has been deeply impacted by the drastic increase in import and ground transportation costs.
Trade and Supply disruptions continue to reshape the market
Other countries have announced restrictions of fertilizer exports to ensure their own domestic supply. For example, China, which accounts for over 25% of global phosphate exports, recently banned all phosphate fertilizer exports through June 2022, drastically decreasing global supply and adding pressure to global prices, including those in the U.S.
In addition, weather events and natural disasters have resulted in plant shutdowns adding to the cost. In August, Hurricane Ida devastated the Gulf Coast, damaging the electrical grid, which led to a delay in nitrogen and phosphate production. This, unfortunately, resulted in weeks of lost production.
In June 2021, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a countervailing duty on Moroccan and Russian phosphate fertilizer imports due to unfair foreign subsidies. Irrespective of this, phosphate imports have been coming into the U.S. at record levels, and from a more diversified supply base. In fact, U.S. phosphate imports increased by 1.3 million metric tons in 2021, which is 57% higher than during the same January-to-November period in 2020. This has resulted in a more balanced and fair-trade market, which creates a more competitive environment with trusted and reliable suppliers for American farmers and American agriculture in the long term.
In any given year, 90% of global fertilizer consumption occurs outside the U.S., as other countries around the world continue to increase grain production to meet increased demand. Phosphate prices in the U.S. are currently $20 to $100 per ton less than in other major agricultural markets such as Brazil, India, and Europe. Assertions that the countervailing duties are driving U.S. prices higher are simply untrue.
Mosaic is committed to U.S. farmers, and, as a result of global events this year, we have adjusted our typical trade volumes and purposefully diverted fertilizer tons away from the international market to boost availability domestically.
We understand the pressures ag retailers and farmers are facing during this tumultuous time and the frustration that comes with it. We value our long-standing relationships with retail partners and their farmer customers, and will continue to offer them transparency and support as they navigate tough decisions ahead.
Mosaic Announces New Environmental Net Zero Targets
FLORIDA WILL BE REACHED BY 2030, COMPANYWIDE BY 2040
December 9, 2021
Sustainably growing more food depends on fertilizers, which are responsible for producing up to 60% of all crop yields. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.8 billion people, and experts estimate agricultural productivity must increase to enable farmers to produce enough crops. Fertilizers are critical to doing that without increasing global emissions or contributing to deforestation and poverty.
So, we are broadening our commitment to environmental stewardship by announcing targets to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Florida, U.S. by 2030 and companywide by 2040. To achieve these targets, we will emphasize opportunities to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from our operations. We believe this is a critical step in managing our own most pressing physical and transition climate risks—like the threats of carbon pricing and increasingly severe weather—and as a way to be a good steward of the environment, while contributing to a global sustainable food future.
“Environmental responsibility is a defining issue of our time. Mosaic’s net-zero commitment and clear pathway to achieving it demonstrates one of the ways we are doing our part to limit the impacts of climate change and contribute positively to society,” said Mosaic President and CEO Joc O’Rourke.
Mosaic’s significant landholdings position us to leverage carbon removal through nature-based solutions. As a result—and factoring in the improvements we can make to our own operations—we will not pursue carbon offset credits at this time.
Our Scope 1 emissions are generated from burning fuels and natural gas at our facilities. Our Scope 2 emissions are generated by purchasing electricity from the grid. Less than 20% of energy from the grid is classified as renewable, but we are engaging utilities in discussions about our mutual decarbonization efforts. Indirect emissions are offset by the generation of power from emissions-free waste heat in the U.S. and Brazil. Our Scope 3 emissions are generated downstream from the application of ammoniated crop nutrient products in the form of N2O, and upstream from purchased goods—namely ammonia.
Our net zero targets are in addition to the wide range of 2025 ESG Performance Targets set last year, including to reduce companywide GHG emissions and freshwater use per unit of production by 20%. In 2020, Mosaic made progress toward both goals, achieving a 10% reduction in GHG emissions and an 18% reduction in freshwater use per unit of production since the baseline was set in 2020.* Though not represented in a formal target, we are also addressing Scope 3 emissions by engaging suppliers, partnering in the development of innovative agricultural technologies and investing in a pipeline of solutions that could ultimately reduce emissions at the farm level.
To better understand Mosaic’s approach to acting responsibly and to review the company’s commitments to deforestation and climate change, visit mosaicco.com/our-responsibility.
*In 2020, we saw a significant reduction in freshwater use, thanks to efforts across our business to minimize our impact – and, in part, due to the nonlinear and cyclical nature of water use. We expect our performance to increase somewhat next year. We are on track to meet our 2025 targets.
Help Pack the Pantries this Holiday Season
FOOD DRIVE FOR FANS
November 30, 2021
Fans can help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and The Mosaic Company pack the pantries this holiday season by donating nonperishable food items Sunday at Raymond James Stadium before the Buccaneers take on the Buffalo Bills. Kickoff for the highly anticipated Week 14 matchup is at 4:25 p.m.ET.
In support of the Tackling Hunger Fueled by Mosaic program, food donations will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, which focuses on providing food to nearly one million food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., volunteers will accept donations at the large treasure chests approaching each stadium entrance. Fans are encouraged to donate a variety of food items, including:
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Canned meat
- Boxed meals
- Breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal)
- Baking and cooking items
- Rice and beans
- Pasta and sauce
- Hygiene products
- Cleaning supplies *Note; Raymond James Stadium maintains a no bag policy for all events. Bags will not be allowed inside the stadium gates.
Fans not attending Sunday’s game can still support the cause. Online donations may be made through Feeding Tampa Bay’s 12 Days of Giving program, which will help feed local children and families. A $1 donation to Feeding Tampa Bay provides 10 meals for families in need. One in four children in Tampa Bay are food insecure – a number that is even higher in certain areas throughout the region.
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading integrated producer of concentrated phosphate and potash—two of the three most important nutrients in agriculture. Growers rely on Mosaic to provide high quality products that consistently deliver for improved agricultural productivity. As you might expect, that means we conduct significant research to ensure our products are effective and reliable. Not only do we adhere to strict operational protocols, but Mosaic is dedicated to promoting modernization in the agriculture industry.
“For decades, Mosaic has employed third-party researchers to assist in greenhouse and small plot field studies to test products in a variety of weather conditions and soils, and for a variety of crops,” explains Kiran Mann, Manager of Research and Alliances at Mosaic. “I didn’t know it at the time, but when I was a research assistant in India working on my master’s degree, I was actually part of a study on MicroEssentials®. To do proper analysis, we can’t know the company or product name. I just knew it was a sulfur and phosphorus dry granule. This was in early 2000’s, so Mosaic has been studying how MicroEssentials works in different environments, soil types, and on a variety of crops for a long time.”
Researching how our current products perform helps us to provide educational information and best practices in the form of AgriFacts® to growers and retail customers – also ensuring consistency and reliability. But, in order to meet the current and future needs of our customers, we must be able to create and innovate new products.
This doesn’t happen overnight and is a cycle of feedback from growers, retailers, agronomists, societal expectations, and other stakeholders to generate new ideas and concepts. Then we align the ideas with our strategic priorities and select the concepts that have the most synergy with consumer needs.
“New products can take years to develop,” said Mann. “For Mosaic to be at the forefront of the industry, we have to be thinking about what the grower will need in 5, 10, 20 years – today, right now, because it can take that long to get a new product developed.”
Recently, Mosaic announced partnerships for new product development that will complement Mosaic’s core performance products. Balanced crop nutrition is important, but a plant must get the highest level of nutrients available from the soil, just like humans get nutrition from the food we eat – crops must get the nutrition they need from the soil.
One of those partnerships included Sus-TerraTM Fertilizer by The Mosaic Company. Developed with Anuvia, Sus-Terra was launched in Fall of 2020.
“Sus-Terra Fertilizer has been an inflection point for Mosaic,” explains Curt Woolfolk, Manager of Crop Nutrition Technologies. “With this product, we designed it to pair with MicroEssentials. What we’ve been looking at in the research is how does this help with soil health? One of the main indicators of soil health is microbiology. How active are the microorganisms in the soil? What we call the soil microbiome. Sus-Terra is really designed to be the boost of energy to nourish the soil microbes and make them grow.”
Sus-Terra Fertilizer (14-24-0-10S + up to 15% of recycled organic material) is unique due to its inclusion of recycled organic material that boosts and balances the soil microbiome. We’ve conducted many small-plot and on-farm trials in 2021 to better understand and quantify the soil health and yield benefits of a MicroEssentials + Sus-Terra blend and provide the data growers need. In addition, both products have also been designated as Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer (EEF) as defined by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), which means that they help reduce nutrient losses to the environment while increasing nutrient availability for the plant or crop.
“Everything we are doing at Mosaic right now is about innovation and progressing into the future,” explained Woolfolk. “Not only are we looking at how do we utilize our current product portfolio in new ways, but we are also looking at how to complement them with products that the consumer needs to make their lands sustainable and profitable. And research is key to introducing new ideas, inventing new products and technologies, and then showcasing their reliability.”
Audubon Florida and Mosaic Partner to Document Bird Count
HOOKER’S PRAIRIE HOME TO BREEDING SPOONBILLS
November 15, 2021
Mosaic ended its operations at Hooker’s Prairie, Florida, an area near Fort Meade, in 2014 and began returning every acre mined back to productive use through a process called land reclamation; a State requirement since 1975. Since ceasing operations there, Mosaic employees noticed Roseate Spoonbills nesting at the site. Roseate spoonbills are listed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as an Imperiled species, which means protecting their nesting and breeding environment is vital to the recovery of the species.
Mosaic reached out to long-time partner, Audubon Florida, and as of Spring 2021, they confirmed an estimated 30-40 pairs of breeding spoonbills had chosen to nest in the area because of abundant food sources and protection from would-be predators.
“This makes the Hooker’s Prairie site one of the largest spoonbill breeding colonies in our region, second only to the Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary,” said Mark Rachal, Sanctuary Manager at the Audubon Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries.
The site at Hooker’s Prairie is different from many of the coastal areas that Audubon typically monitors. At the coastal sites, the adult spoonbills can forage in saltwater and freshwater wetlands to feed their young. At the Hooker’s Prairie site, however, they rely solely on nearby freshwater wetlands to feed their families, which they appear to be doing with a high level of success.
“The isolated location with few human disturbances also makes the site preferable to wading birds, said Mosaic’s lead ecologist, Raoul Boughton, who first discovered the breeding colony. Roseate Spoonbills are known for flocking to and breeding on remote island locations with surrounding shallow wetlands like the Hooker’s Prairie site because it provides habitat featuring excellent protective cover and ample foraging opportunities.
Hooker’s Prairie and similar sites are vitally important for the recovery of these birds and achieving a stable nesting population in Florida. That’s why Audubon and Mosaic will partner to maintain an ongoing count of breeding wading birds at the Hooker’s Prairie reclamation site and document the spoonbills’ nesting activities in the years ahead.
Mosaic Villages Program Launches in Brazil
SEVENTEEN FAMILIES PARTICIPATE IN FIRST YEAR
November 10, 2021
The Mosaic Company is driven by its mission- to help the world grow the food it needs. This includes efforts to educate farmers on how to increase yields and improve land management. For more than a decade, we have partnered with organizations in India on the Villages Program called Krishi Jyoti. With its success, Mosaic Fertilizantes in South America adopted the same pillars of the program to launch the Villages in Brazil. With support from The Mosaic Institute in Brazil, the program officially kicked off in 2020 in Barreiras, Bahia in Brazil. Despite its high production potential, Barreiras is an area with low agriculture output due, in part, to lack of agronomic training.
The program selected 17 families in its first year targeted toward smallholder farmers or participants with small properties that hoped to develop their lands with technical assistance, education, and access to improved water resources. In just the first year, those that participated benefited from an increase of 230% in their family income.
“I had no income from my land, now I can earn R$250 a week to support myself. I learned a lot, hands-on experience,” said Otacílio Filho, a farmer participating in the Villages Program. Families have been able to adopt agronomic best practices and marketing techniques so that production yields supported them and have also contributed to the local economy and agriculture. “Our production used to be small because we only planted in the rainy season, but the Villages guided us in the cultivation of garlic, beans and corn, taught us how to act, plant and have a wonderful production. Now I have more hope for the future,” says Luzinete Freitas Leite, another beneficiary of the initiative.
Plans to expand the program in 2022 include further development in Barreiras and an expansion in an additional city.
“This is the legacy we want to leave for future generations. Through the Villages Program, we are looking at each family individually, nurturing the land of these small farmers, investing in education, collaborating with the management of water resources, thus allowing a new cycle of empowerment of these small farmers and prosperity in these properties to be created," says the President of The Mosaic Institute's Board of Directors, Arthur Liacre, who is also the Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Strategy and Sustainability at Mosaic Fertilizantes.
In addition to increasing productivity and financial gains, the initiative aims to encourage crop diversification, provide access to water through the implementation of cisterns or adaptation of the irrigation system for better water supply and availability, and strengthen education in the countryside. “The work of Mosaic Fertilizantes in transforming rural productivity also expands to mobilize, support and transform the reality of small producers. It is food as a nutritional and social development factor. And The Villages has been revolutionary in supporting small farmers with rural technical assistance and generation of wealth in the countryside,” explains the Executive Director of The Mosaic Institute in Brazil, Paulo Eduardo Batista.
Participants of the Villages in Brazil will receive support for at least three years. The first year is dedicated toward improving and developing the available land and resources. The second year strives to build on those trainings, but will also incorporate more business education so that families can continue to build on their experience and support their communities.
First Pantry Part of Tackling Hunger Fueled by Mosaic Program Opens
MOSAIC COMMITTED TO FIGHTING FOOD INSECURITY
November 3, 2021
The Mosaic Company and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tackling Hunger fueled by Mosaicprogram are proud to announce that the first pantry, operated by Feeding Tampa Bay, has opened at Broward Elementary School in Seminole Heights, in Tampa, Florida.
“When we think about hungry children, we need organizations that can really step into a problem like childhood hunger in a meaningful and significant way,” said Thomas Mantz, Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO. “The Buccaneers are a terrific organization that has done much to make sure that our community is thriving. Partnering with Mosaic, whose primary focus is to make sure we have the food we need around the world, I don’t think you could find two better resources to help us lift the issue of childhood hunger in our community.”
One in four children in Tampa Bay are food insecure – a number that is even higher in certain areas throughout the region. Broward Elementary is classified as a Title I School, where more than 90% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school serves approximately 300 families in the area. The pantry will help children and their families have access to a variety of foods, including perishable and non-perishable options.
“This is truly a community-minded partnership, and we believe that strengthening this region starts with our youth,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Through this collaboration with our partners at Mosaic, we are committed to providing Feeding Tampa Bay with the resources and support for the children most in need. Launching this program at Broward Elementary will uplift the students and have an immediate and long-lasting impact on food security for families in the area.”
The 2021 Global Agricultural Productivity Report Published
PRODUCTIVITY MUST IMPROVE TO MEET FUTURE DEMAND
November 1, 2021
The 2021 Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report was recently published by the Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative at Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). As a partner of this research, Mosaic was featured for our promotion of 4R Nutrient Stewardship.
This year’s report found:
Productivity remains the primary driver of agricultural growth, but it is not growing as fast as previously thought.
Globally, TFP grew by an average of 1.36% annually (2010 to 2019), well below the Global Agricultural Productivity Index™ target of 1.73%. (USDA ERS, 2021)
The productivity trends in low-income countries, where many small-scale producers live, are particularly troubling.
Climate change is complicating matters even further, slowing productivity growth globally by 21% since 1961.
This year’s GAP Report underscores Mosaic's mission driven operations. We believe it is our responsibility to contribute positively to global food security and the core of our business to promote sustainable farming practices and innovative growing solutions.
The GAP Report is produced by the Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative and CALS Global in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). In addition to producing this annual assessment of global progress toward productive, sustainable agricultural systems, the GAP Initiative creates opportunities for collaboration and learning between its partners, the university, and stakeholders worldwide. The GAP Initiative brings together experts from the private sector, NGOs, conservation and nutrition organizations, universities, and global research institutions.
Mosaic Continues Support of USA Rice- Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership
PROMOTING 4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP TOGETHER
October 27, 2021
Ducks Unlimited, The Mosaic Company, The Mosaic Company Foundation, USA Rice, and more than 40 agricultural supply chain organizations, including input companies, retailers, farmers, buyers, and food companies, work together on the Rice Stewardship Partnership in the Mississippi Alluvial Region of the U.S. — where rice farming meets migratory flyways.
Rice agriculture in the Southeastern U.S. is well suited for North America’s ducks and other waterbird populations—providing managed wetland habitat and food resources. This region is also where a vast majority of rice is grown in the U.S. Any water that goes on the field must eventually cycle back into the environment. To help ensure any fertilizer applied to a rice field is used by the rice crop and not drained into a river or lake, Ducks Unlimited and Mosaic are working together to educate rice farmers on 4R Nutrient Stewardship best practices – using the right source, at the right time, at the right rate and at the right place.
By following 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices, rice farmers can help improve water quality locally and downstream by capturing crop nutrients that might otherwise enter the Mississippi River. In 2015, Mosaic joined the Rice Stewardship program which focuses on 4R practices, improved water management, and wildlife conservation. By 2020 over 715,000 rice acres have been enrolled in the program, leveraging over $100 million in cost-share funding. With approximately 3 million acres of rice grown in the U.S. today, this represents a large-scale effort, impacting 24% of all US rice acres.
Mosaic’s partnership with Ducks Unlimited is vital to promoting 4R Nutrient Stewardship and conservation practices. For this reason, we are delighted to announce another three-year grant to support this work into 2024. Mosaic announced a bold goal toward implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship on 25 million acres by 2025. By partnering with organizations that are dedicated to similar goals, we all help to promote and foster sustainable practices in the industry.
Learn more about the USA Rice- Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership.
Learn more about the Mississippi Alluvial Region from Ducks Unlimited.
*Photo and video courtesy of Ducks Unlimited
Miski Mayo Awarded for Safety Practices
RECIEVES TOP HONORS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS
October 21, 2021
The Mosaic Company’s commitment to safety and the wellbeing of our employees is a top priority. Our partner in Peru, Miski Mayo, is just as dedicated to these standards, recently winning several awards for excellence in organizational health and safety.
Miski Mayo participated in the Mining Safety Institute’s (ISEM) national mining safety contest. For the last two years Miski Mayo has been part of the top seven safest companies recognized in this contest, succeeding in taking the top spot in the 2019 lineup.
“I want to thank all of the Miski Mayo employees and their families. This is everyone’s job and it is the workers who make it possible for our company to be a safe organization, always keeping in mind our core value: life first,” expressed Alejandro Cachay, Miski Mayo’s Safety, Health and Environment Manager, as he accepted the first-place plaque on behalf of the company.
Akira Takahashi, Director of Operations for Miski Mayo, thanked ISEM for promoting spaces in which the safest companies are recognized, making safety a coveted value within organizations. Takahashi added that the recognition granted to Miski Mayo as one of the seven safest companies in 2020 is the sum of the efforts of all those who make up the company. Hear the full remarks on Miski Mayo's Facebook page.
When Mosaic acquired Vale Fertilizantes in 2017, we became the leading fertilizer producer and distributer in Brazil and the operating partner of the Miski Mayo joint venture phosphate mining company in Peru. As part of the acquisition, Mosaic assumed 75 percent ownership of the company. Mitsui, based out of Japan, maintains ownership of the other 25 percent. Mosaic has another joint venture with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia. Both partnerships are key parts of our long-term phosphates rock strategy.
Mosaic Helps the World Grow the Food it Needs
ONE TONNE AT A TIME
October 13, 2021
As the world’s population continues to expand, agricultural production must increase by 70% by 2050 in order to meet demand. Without enough land available for expansion, 90% of that supply will have to come from land already in use.
Sustainable farming practices and innovative growing solutions are just two ways to help achieve increased production. Up to 60% of yield depends on fertilizer for proper crop nutrition. Today, Mosaic is answering the tough question – Can we advance crop nutrition by maximizing balanced nutrition and incorporating other soil health products? Recent partnerships and continued research will help make sure Mosaic is at the forefront of new product development so growers can meet increasing demands. Growers can learn more about how to achieve advanced crop nutrition by downloading the Mosaic Soil Health e-book.
Customers rely on Mosaic to provide high quality products that consistently deliver. That means we conduct significant research to ensure reliability. Not only do we adhere to strict operational protocols, but Mosaic is dedicated to promoting innovation in the agriculture industry. Recently, we announced partnerships for new product development that will complement Mosaic’s core performance products. Balanced crop nutrition is important, but plants must have access to the highest level of nutrients available. Fertilizer is critical in achieving advanced crop nutrition for the health of the soil, crop, and eventually the human population.
We also know that without significant resources like healthy soil, water and proper irrigation, and agronomic education; farmers can’t feed their communities. In addition, improper fertilizer application causes environmental challenges in North America and around the world. Mosaic knows it is our responsibility to act where we can— in the communities where we live and operate.
This Global Fertilizer Day we celebrate the farmers who help feed the world, our employees who are dedicated to responsible production, and important partnerships that ensure we are meeting demand, sustainably.
Our Commitment to Worker Wellness
MOSAIC SUPPORTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH
October 11, 2021
Mosaic’s commitment to employee safety extends beyond risk reduction and physical health, we also believe it is important to manage overall wellbeing, including mental health. The Mosaic wellness program includes resources to help employees manage their physical, psychological, and financial wellness.
Physical safety remains imperative in the work conducted at Mosaic; however, workers are also encouraged to manage their psychological health – which includes mental, emotional and social wellness. Psychological health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is proven that promoting psychological health increases on the job safety, employee satisfaction, retention and productivity while reducing exhaustion, anxiety, and risk.
Mosaic is dedicated to supporting employees in overcoming barriers that interfere with their psychological health, both at home and work. To support employees and their families with their psychological health, Mosaic provides free, confidential employee and family assistance programs throughout our North and South America operations.
Additionally, we recently launched a psychological wellness program in Canada and are extending it throughout our North America business. The program’s mission is to provide employees with a work environment where they can achieve their optimum level of psychological wellness. The program provides training for all employees, including additional training for leadership.
Our people, and their overall wellness and safety, will always be our highest priority. While safety starts with maintaining a safe working environment, we recognize that to be our best self, we must also look to other factors outside of work. Mosaic is dedicated to also supporting the communities where we live and work. Last year, Mosaic and The Mosaic Company Foundation partnered with Tampa Bay Thrives to help increase mental health awareness and access to services in the Tampa Bay area in Florida where we have significant operations, including our global headquarters. They recently launched a free, 24/7 chat line – Let's Talk – for residents in Hillsborough County. This is not an emergency line, but an additional resource for those in the community that might not know where to start when looking for mental health support. Plans are underway to expand this service to other areas in Tampa Bay.
Mosaic Employees Tackle Hunger
IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND AROUND THE WORLD
October 7, 2021
We believe it is our responsibility to contribute positively to food security through agricultural productivity, 4R Nutrient Stewardship, and community support. In honor of Hunger Action Month, Mosaic, The Mosaic Company Foundation and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil reaffirmed important community partnerships that are dedicated to tackling hunger around the world. In North America, Mosiac supports critical infrastructure across the U.S. and Canada. In Asia, the expansion of The Villages Project in India supports kitchen gardens, and Mosaic Fertilizantes and employees in South America collected and distributed more than 100 tons of food to families and organizations dedicated to ending food insecurity. The Mosaic Institute matches these contributions each year, resulting in more than 200 tons of food donated.
These efforts are amplified by our dedicated teams through the Mosaic Employee Giving Program in North America and Mosaic Fertilizantes’ Employee Volunteering Program in South America, where employees are able to donate their time, talent, or treasure to help uplift their communities. Mosaic employees volunteered to help revitalize gardens at Broward Elementary School in Tampa, Florida - the location of the first pantry that is part of the Tackling Hunger Fueled by Mosaic partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Recent impacts from Hurricane Ida reminded us all why we contribute to our communities - to help one another in time of need. Through the Mosaic Employee Giving Program, between employee donations and Mosaic’s match, we raised nearly $50,000, of which, $25,000 was directed to the Mosaic Employee-to-Employee Assistance Fund, which supports colleagues most impacted following a declared disaster. In addition, Mosaic separately donated $100,000 toward relief efforts and $25,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
While Hunger Action Month helps to bring awareness and inspire action toward ending food insecurity, Mosaic is dedicated to this year-round. October is the launch of the annual Million Meal Challenge - a month-long community campaign to raise one million meals in food and funds for Regina Food Bank in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Thank you to all of our employees who help the world grow the food it needs and going above and beyond to support your communities in times of need.
Mosaic recently announced a long-term partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to tackle hunger in the area by opening food pantries in our region. The first food pantry is located in Broward Elementary and will support up to 400 students and their families. While the Mosaic team was learning about the school, the staff mentioned they offer a garden club with practical agriculture classes using a butterfly and separate hydroponic garden. Unfortunately, with schools being virtual last year, the gardens were in rough shape at the start of the year. Check out this video on how Mosaic volunteers came out to help tackle hunger, and some weeds, to support this community.
*Mosaic volunteers adhered to Hillsborough County Covid-19 safety protocols and were not in direct contact with any of the students during this event.
Villages in India Program Expands
KRISHI JYOTI TO SUPPORT HOME GARDENS
September 15, 2021
The Mosaic Company is driven by its mission- to help the world grow the food it needs. This includes efforts to educate farmers on how to increase yields and improve land management. The Mosaic Company Foundation, Mosaic India Pvt Ltd, implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation in India have worked together for more than 10 years to help smallholder farmers, those with less than 25 acres, break the cycle of poverty, moving farms from survival to surplus.
The Mosaic Villages Program in India, called Krishi Jyoti, started with just two villages offering agronomic training to help smallholder farmers learn about soil health, land-management and water protection, and education support with improvements to drinking water systems, school kitchens and nutrition training, and improvements in sanitation. The program grew to include 100 villages, over 7500 farm families benefiting approximately 124,000 people, and averaging 18-35% crop yield increases in wheat, mustard, millet and cotton. In addition, participants in Krishi Jyoti received no-interest loans to buy fertilizer at the time of planting and are able to repay the loans through the sale of surplus yield at harvest – helping to boost the local economy and support food security in the region.
“Krishi Jyoti is expanding beyond farmer support to help families develop their own home gardens and provide nutritional education. Malnutrition and undernourishment are a concern in rural India. If we can improve household food security with safe, accessible, and acceptable foods; we hope to counteract nutritional vulnerability,” explained Robin Edwin, Managing Director, Mosaic in India. “The best way to make sure that families have balanced meals and access to nutritious options is by working with the matriarchs of the families.”
In February 2021, 25 families were selected to receive garden kits to start kitchen gardens at their homes. These kits include a variety of seasonal vegetable seeds, like bitter gourd, pumpkin, cucumber, and spinach. Fruit plants such as lemon and guava are also being provided. Family labor, especially efforts of women, is particularly important in the management of these gardens. Empowered with the same training and support the smallholder farmers received, women will be able to make kitchen gardening an additional source of income and provide nutrient diverse and rich food to their families.
In addition to agricultural training, Krishi Jyoti also helps with water and soil management, ensuring villages have access to critical water supply for farm productivity. Smallholder farmers make up 90% of the world’s farms, but only average 50- 70% of what the top global producers yield. As global food demand increases, it is efforts like these that will be critical to helping eliminate food insecurity – sustainably and responsibly.
Our Responsibility to Contribute Positively to Global Food Security
HONORING HUNGER ACTION MONTH
September 3, 2021
Mosaic’s mission—and the purpose behind all we do—is to help the world grow the food it needs. Fertilizer products are responsible for more than 50% of crop yields, and as one of the world’s leading producers of concentrated phosphate and crop nutrient products, we have a responsibility to contribute positively to global food security. In honor of Hunger Action Month, we continue to live our mission and help fight food insecurity in our communities – and around the world.
Agricultural productivity, 4R Nutrient Stewardship and community support are just some of the key ways we are making strides to battle food insecurity. In 2020, Mosaic, The Mosaic Company Foundation, and the Mosaic Institute in Brazil donated more than $14 million toward these efforts, of that, more than $3.5 million toward food security programming and $9 million in local support to help our communities thrive.
Eliminating food insecurity in our communities is critical, but we also need to ensure that there is food supply for growing demand. Global population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. Growers must increase yields by 70% in order to meet demand. Mosaic’s products help growers achieve key agricultural outcomes, including increased yields. Mosaic is also on the leading edge of innovative solutions that address agricultural challenges and contribute to the resilience of agricultural systems – like improved soil health, reducing nutrient loss, and other factors.
Mosaic contributes to food programming in the communities where we operate - and where our employees live - through local food drives, food distribution trucks, neighborhood food pantries, school backpack programs, and nutritional education. However, our financial support is magnified by volunteerism and community involvement. We have an engaged workforce globally that impact their communities through philanthropic efforts.
Mosaic’s passion for global food security goes beyond agricultural productivity and community investment, we are a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals commitment toward zero hunger. And as a company, we have a framework for making sure we are accountable and moving forward on our sustainability journey to help achieve those goals. In 2020, we developed bold Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets which helps to ensure we are reducing food insecurity, but also focusing on four key areas: People, Environment, Society, and Company. As a mission-driven organization, helping the world grow the food it needs will always be our motivation for doing what is right for our communities everywhere we operate.
Mosaic Announces $100,000 Donation for Disaster Relief Efforts
SUPPORTING LOUISIANA EMPLOYEES AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY
September 2, 2021
The safety of our employees and their families is a top priority at Mosaic. As a company, we’ve been working hard to connect our employees with critical resources to support their personal Hurricane Ida storm recovery.
At Mosaic, we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to support the communities that we operate in – and where our employees work and live. St. James Parish in south Louisiana is home to our Faustina and Uncle Sam Phosphate facilities. In addition to the support Mosaic is providing its employees and their families, we have committed to help the community recover from the impacts of the storm.
Mosaic today announced a $100,000 disaster relief grant to the Capital Area United Way. The Capital Area United Way supports ten parishes in south Louisiana – including the St. James Parish where many of our employees live. These funds will help provide immediate needs to the community as they begin the recovery process.
Click here to read more about the impacts of Hurricane Ida on our Louisiana facilities.
Mosaic Supports National Sports, Local Impacts
FIELD, ICE, OR COURT – HOME TEAMS MAKE BIG IMPACTS
August 26, 2021
Mosaic recently announced a long-term partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While our partnership was over a year in the making, teaming up with the current U.S. National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl Champions has highlighted an important element to why we partner with national sports teams - they help to build excitement with our employees throughout North America and help to make positive impacts in our communities.
We are proud to be a long-standing partner with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Mosaic Stadium, one of the professional football teams and their home stadium in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Anyone in Saskatchewan knows our brand because of the positive impacts we have contributed to in the community - and that is something we want our employees to be proud of and to replicate in cities everywhere we operate.
Five of our professional sports partnerships support programs are aimed at ending food insecurity. Tackles for Hunger, fueled by Mosaic is a commitment from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mosaic to donate $10 each, per tackle to Feeding Tampa Bay, who will build and manage food pantries to help uplift communities throughout the region.
We also partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Goals for Food program. Mosaic donates $500 for every goal scored and $5,000 for every hat trick earned. At the end of the season, the total is distributed among 14 area programs dedicated to ending food insecurity. The back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions have helped us donate more than $800,000 since the program began in 2013 - $49,000 in their 2020-2021 season alone!
The Hoops for Hunger program was designed in partnership with the Lakeland Magic - a National Basketball Association (NBA) G League developmental affiliate of the NBA's Orlando Magic - to help raise money for the KidsPACK and One More Child organizations. For every three-pointer made, we donate $150 to the program. To date, the partnership has raised over $50,000 to support youth in Florida.
In addition to these important partnerships in Tampa Bay, we also support the Regina Pats - Saves for Hunger and Moose Jaw Warriors - Points for Hunger programs; both part of Canada’s Western Hockey League (WHL). For every save made by the Regina Pats goalie, Mosaic donates $25 to Regina Education and Action Child Hunger (REACH), an organization dedicated to providing healthy meals and nutritional programing for Regina residents.
Mosaic has partnered with the Moose Jaw Warriors to support Hunger In Moose Jaw since 2015. Each year, a player is asked to take part in the campaign, and for every point they score, we donate $250. During the 2019-2020 regular season, forward Ryder Korczak was able to tally $16,750 toward Hunger In Moose Jaw.
While these partnerships help build our brand in the community by leveraging the popularity and reach of the local sports teams, we know that without enough food, people cannot thrive. These partnerships help raise awareness of the issue of food insecurity throughout the sports season and not just when the need is greatest. We have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to help. As a mission-driven organization, we want people to be proud of how we show up for the communities we live and operate in and around the world. And what better way to show your enthusiasm than being alongside your favorite sports team as a changemaker in our communities!
Mosaic is Teaming Up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TACKLING HUNGER IN THE REGION
August 11, 2021
The Mosaic Company and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced partnership to tackle hunger in Tampa Bay by opening five food pantries in the region over the next five years.
The current Super Bowl Champions and Mosaic represent two local leaders with a shared commitment to support our communities. The new partnership is inspired by our mission and passion to address food insecurity, and the Buccaneers extensive community platform to drive social change and empower youth. Together, we seek to enrich the lives of families in our region through the Tackles for Hunger fueled by Mosaic program.
The Bucs and Mosaic will partner with Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the Feeding America network, to build and manage the pantries. As part of the agreement, both the Bucs and Mosaic will be donating $10 each, per tackle during the Bucs 2021 regular season to Feeding Tampa Bay for ongoing support of the pantries.
This commitment is the next step in our long-term partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay. Since 2010, Mosaic has donated over $800,000 toward hunger relief in Tampa Bay through the partnership, including weekend backpacks for children, mobile food pantry expansion, warehouse improvements, purchasing much needed equipment including vehicles, among other capital expenses. Across the globe in 2020, Mosaic, The Mosaic Company Foundation, and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil donated more than $14 million toward community investments, including nearly $2 million in pandemic aid with most of the aid supporting food programs around the world.
The first pantry, which is slated to open in October, will be located at Broward Elementary School in Seminole Heights. The pantry will serve the approximately 300 families in the area, helping children and their families have access to a variety of foods, including perishable and non-perishable options. One in four children in Tampa Bay are food insecure – a number that is even higher in certain areas throughout the region.
In addition to the community partnership, Mosaic employees are able to help support the program through volunteerism or financial contributions as part of the Mosaic Employee Giving Program. Launched in February 2021, The Mosaic Employee Giving Program supports employee’s community efforts with matching grants. To date, Mosaic employees have donated more than 1,400 hours of their time and more than $55,000 toward organizations that mean the most to them.
Helping Farmers while Conserving Wildlife with Ducks Unlimited
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF SUPPORT
August 6, 2021
At Mosaic, we’ve been committed to promoting on-farm best practices that improve nutrient stewardship, conserve wildlife habitat, and help farmers stay productive and profitable. Since 2012, Mosaic has donated more than $4.3 million to Ducks Unlimited (DU) toward projects aimed at achieving these goals in the United States and Canada.
Mosaic and The Mosaic Company Foundation first partnered with DU ten years ago by supporting a 10-year grant to restore 500 million acres of wetlands in Saskatchewan, Canada. Here’s a lookback at some of the partnership opportunities we’ve contributed to over the years.
Seeing the value of a partnership with DU, Mosaic again answered the call to action to support wetland restoration efforts on the Sherbourne Wildlife Management Area in Louisiana in 2013. On the opposite end of the Mississippi flyway, or migratory corridor, we expanded our partnership by becoming a major sponsor of the winter wheat program in Canada. The three-year grant, completed in 2017, helped DU provide awareness of the benefits of using winter wheat. Winter wheat remains one of the highest-yielding and most profitable crops grown on the prairies, and its value as waterfowl habitat makes it one of the most conservation friendly grains.
In 2015, Mosaic began its support of the Rice Stewardship Partnership (RSP). This public-private partnership funded program focuses on improving three of the nation's critical natural and economic resources: waterfowl, working rice lands, and water. Financial and technical assistance through the program has supported farmer adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship best practices - using the right source, at the right time, at the right rate and at the right place to reduce nutrient loss on fields, protecting our waterways and waterfowl.
We are committed to working toward improved global food security and protecting critical water resources which makes Duck Unlimited an important partner for more than 10 years.
Reclaimed Land Brings Recreation and Conservation to Parks Across Florida
SUPPORTING LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY
July 19, 2021
Land once mined for phosphate to help support healthy crops around the world are home to some of Florida’s most breathtaking parks. Located on reclaimed land, the parks welcome visitors from near and far to enjoy the lush green grasses, plentiful trees, wetlands, and wildlife that span as far as the eye can see. The parks also offer recreation, camping, exploration, education facilities and much more.
What is ‘reclaimed land’?
Since 1975, government regulations have required that every acre of land that the phosphate industry mines must be reclaimed back to nature, agriculture, or other productive uses. Prior to mining activities, phosphate companies must demonstrate that post-mining reclamation will result in a net ecological benefit compared with the land before mining.
Reclamation allows us to create large-scale wildlife corridors while reconnecting streams and wetlands as they previously existed.
Hardee Lakes Park
Located in the heart of Hardee County, Hardee Lakes Park, created for public enjoyment by Mosaic, is one of many parks built on previously mined land. The 1,260-acre public park provides residents with access to community buildings, RV campsites, fishing piers, trails, playgrounds and much more. Recently, we funded the addition of a BBQ grill shed which will increase the capacity for outdoor recreation, complete with necessary preparation, storage and sanitization areas. Free of charge to those visiting Hardee Lakes, the shed is a welcome addition, located next to the Mosaic Community Education Center.
“Hardee County is the only county in Florida that is not home to natural lakes. Through Mosaic’s robust land reclamation process, we have added four lakes, over 120,000 trees and over 1,200 acres to the county,” says Heather Nedley, Public Affairs and Community Relations Manager. “Hardee Lakes Park provides habitat, recreation and conservation in one package – reflecting Mosaic’s commitment to both sustainability and reclamation in Florida and to giving back to the community in a meaningful way.”
Just 33 miles away from Hardee Lakes Park sits another local favorite, also located on reclaimed land.
Alafia River State Park
Mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and fishers alike can enjoy Alafia River State Park‘s unique topography and offerings, located on 7,700 acres of formally mined land. The reclaimed land is home to over 45 miles of mountainous trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding along with a river for water activities.
Doing our part to support local sustainability is something we care deeply about at Mosaic. While the land was mined and reclaimed by a previous mining company, Mosaic continues to provide support to the park, which is an important part of the Hillsborough community.
Through Friends of Alafia, Mosaic provided funding for a new commercial mower to help with the park’s upkeep. During this long-term partnership, we have also provided grants to purchase a utility vehicle, repave the parking lot, add programming for equestrian opportunities, and in-kind donations of mining conveyor belts that can be used for mountain bike trails.
“Previously, we only had one reliable 60” commercial mower to maintain upwards of 50 acres of grass. Thanks to Mosaic, we now have a 72” mower. Both machines will remain in service for years to come and make maintenance activities much easier,” shares LeRoy Dennison, President, Friends of Alafia, Inc.
Other Florida Parks on Reclaimed Land
Parks on formerly mined land can be found in Polk, Hillsborough, Hardee and Manatee Counties and are unique public assets providing many amenities. Visitors can expect to enjoy fishing, camping, biking, jogging, or educational resources when visiting the parks. Quite possibly the most unique aspect is the abundance of wildlife that can be found on reclaimed land.
Reclamation efforts not only restore the land, but often provide a net ecological benefit compared with the land before mining.
Mosaic Fertilizantes Partners with the Ethos Institute
SUPPLIER CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM IMPROVES SUSTAINABILITY
July 7, 2021
The Mosaic Company believes that it is not only our responsibility to do better for the environment and society in the context of our own operations, but also to support our supply chain partners as they address their own impacts. Earlier this year, Mosaic Fertilizantes in South America launched a partnership with the Ethos Institute to help develop programs for Mosaic’s suppliers in Brazil that will strengthen their sustainability practices. The Ethos Institute’s mission is to help companies manage their business in a socially responsible way. The institute’s management and assessment tool, Ethos Indicators, helps to evaluate sustainability and social responsibility practices within the business, and then help identify capacity building initiatives to improve policy and processes.
This will be a year-long capacity building program for seven Mosaic suppliers interested in implementing the recommendations from the Ethos Indicators, including funding and organizational support. “By the end of the program, we hope to be able to assure stakeholders that our suppliers are adopting Ethos sustainability indicators in key environmental, social, and governance (ESG) areas such as diversity and inclusion, health and safety, climate change, among others,” explained Antonio Meirelles, Director of Government Relations and Sustainability, Mosaic Fertilizantes.
“By providing our suppliers with tools to implement ESG practices and improve their sustainability indicators, we are also promoting a shared vision on the values and ways of doing business that benefit our employees and the development of our communities. Seven suppliers applied to take part in the program. The indicators revealed they have the greatest improvement potential in diversity, supply chain management, and materials.”
Focused in the areas of People, Environment, Society and Company, our ESG efforts drive performance in the areas that are most important to Mosaic and its diverse stakeholders. The partnership with the Ethos Institute in Brazil is just one way we are living our commitment to stewardship and helping to scale our progress beyond our direct operations. For information about North America’s efforts with suppliers, see our 2025 ESG Performance Targets.
Mosaic Fertilizantes Initiatives Aimed at Preservation and Conservation
RECIPIENTS OF THE 3RD ANNUAL WATER BIDDING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
June 28, 2021
In 2019, Mosaic Fertilizantes, our business operations in South America, became signatories of the Brazil Global Compact, a United Nations initiative. The following year, we announced our global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets to advance Mosaic’s sustainability efforts on four focus areas: People, Environment, Society, and Company. We know that respecting the environment is critical to the sustainability of our business – and we are dedicated to reducing negative impacts and making the best use of our shared resources.
Mosaic Fertilizantes has many initiatives aimed at preservation and conservation in the communities where we operate in South America.
URBAN AREAS IN ARAXÁ
In Araxá Brazil we helped maintain green spaces, assisted in preservations programs and projects with local institutions, and took part in the Urban Springs Recovery Program to plant tree saplings in six districts of the city of Araxá (MG) during 2020. The tree saplings used in the initiative were provided by the Mosaic Araxá Chemical and Mining Complex’s nursery, which produces an average of 50,000 tree saplings every year.
FOREST PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION
Mosaic Fertilizantes maintains a nursery to produce native tree saplings in Villeta, Paraguay. This facility produces around 5,000 saplings annually which are donated to forest restoration initiatives in the region.
In addition, we conserved and maintained over 280 acres in the Capoeira do Boi Private Natural Heritage Reserve in Uberaba (MG), Brazil. This reserve houses 58 species of plants, 106 species of birds, 12 species of amphibians, and 6 species of wild mammals.
2021 WATER BIDDING PROGRAM
The Mosaic Institute selected 15 projects for the third annual Edital da Água - or Water Bidding Program. This initiative is powered by transformative water management proposals that are submitted by the community, with a focus on providing quality water to future generations. Initiatives receive up to R$45,000 each (or almost $9,000 USD).
We partner with Instituto para o Desenvolvimento do Investimento Social (IDIS) on this program, and in 2019, we received recognition in the Collective Action and Ecosystem Protection and Restoration categories from the Water and Environmental Sanitation Success Cases, organized by Rede Brasil do Pacto Global (the Brazilian Network of the United Nations Global Compact).
Congratulations to the following organizations that are instrumental in instituting important changes for our communities:
Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul - Campo Grande (MS) Conversion of organic pollutants from water into energy via chemical adsorption processes and photo(electro) catalysis.
Quilombola Association of Patioba - Japaratuba (SE) Social Development through water in Quilombo Patioba
Associação Cerrado Vivo (CERVIVO) - Patrocínio (MG) Community training in rural basic sanitation as a method of preserving water resources
Association of Ecological Rural Tourism and Adventure of Araxá area - Araxá (MG) Local environment collective in Araxá (MG)
Engineers Without Borders - Brazil - Patos de Minas (MG) Rainwater collection system in public schools in the municipality of Patos de Minas, with proposal to reuse this water in an organic garden and other non-potable uses
Humana Brasil - Candeias (BA) Water network: biodigester septic tank as an alternative for sanitation
University of Uberaba (Uniube) - Uberaba (MG) Forest Recomposition of the App of The Saudade Stream and Linear Park Structuring
Instituto João Margon Vaz - Catalão (GO) PIRAPITINGA VIVO Project - Phase 5
Center for Social Integration of Women Living Woman Life - Catalan (GO) Community Garden - "Women in Action" - Conscious use of water for food production
UNESP - Registration (SP) Technology and social innovation as bases for rational use of water in food production in family aquaculture: approach to circular bioeconomy adding value to waste
Renew Association of Technology and solutions for Agribusiness, Environment and Topography - Alfenas (MG) Regularization of the capture and use of the water resource of 20 small family producers participating in the Free Fairs of Alfenas, donation of seedlings to participating farmers, cleaning of the Pedra Branca stream and recovery of its spring in the Santos Reis neighborhood
Agronelli Institute of Social Development - Uberaba (MG) Recover and monitor springs to increase the flow of the Uberaba River
Association of Parents and Friends of The Exceptional of Conquest - APAE - Conquest (MG) Organic vegetable garden in Apae: environmental education, sustainability and health
Institute of Consciousness and Action - Araxá (MG) Alternative system for treatment of domestic effluents - evapotranspiration tanks
NGO Corrente do Bem - Tapira (MG) Revitalization of the Luiz José Barcelos spring
Mosaic’s Sustainability Disclosure and GRI Index Posted
REPORTS PROGRESS IN FOCUS AREAS ACROSS THE COMPANY
June 22, 2021
Reporting and transparency are integral to Mosaic's sustainability journey. As a global, publicly traded company, we are continually exploring what it means to be responsible and accountable to Mosaic’s diverse stakeholders.
Our sustainability disclosure details our performance across broad focus areas of People, Environment, Society and Company. Content within our reports is shaped by the issues identified through a significance study, the results of which we analyze on an ongoing basis. As we continue to strive for better performance and results each year, these data points help us measure our success and look for new ways to improve.
The 2020 sustainability disclosure and GRI index is now available. The disclosure includes information about our 2020 progress toward realizing our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets, efforts to support community organizations, business performance, among other topics that are important to Mosaic and its stakeholders.
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 – including employees, communities, NGOs, civil society, employees, and investors -- help shape our strategic priorities and give meaning to our mission to help the world grow the food it needs.
Learn More About Advanced Crop Nutrition
INTERVIEW WITH CURT WOOLFOLK
June 15, 2021
Recently, Mosaic announced partnerships that will expand our product portfolio to better meet growers needs for improved soil health. Curt Woolfolk, Manager of Crop Nutrition Technologies, helps examine Mosaic’s current market position and provide insight into advanced crop nutrition and how that progresses soil health.
Why do you think customers choose Mosaic and Mosaic products?
Retail customers respect Mosaic and recognize us as the crop nutrition leaders. Our customers appreciate our expertise in soil fertility and fertilizer technology. I’m proud to hear them refer to us as having integrity, dependability, and a knowledgeable team.
We have a lot to offer customers, both retail customers and ultimately growers. They know that we are people with a strong mission statement and purpose. There's a lot of drive and energy when you know you're working with a team that has passion and cares about the customer.
I also think retailers and growers that use our products appreciate our efforts to be good stewards of the environment. Not only in our mining and manufacturing operations, but also knowing that the products we deliver are made from quality minerals and materials and can be used in a sustainable manner. Too many companies do not hold themselves to the same standards that we do at Mosaic and it shows.
What differentiates Mosaic and our products?
Mosaic employees! We provide commodities and fertilizer technologies that serve as the platform for our customer’s business. Having a solid team from mine to market is the ticket. While many growers don’t get to see this, retailers value the business relationship and reliability of Mosaic. We have fertilizer technologies that deliver results year in and year out, and we have data to prove it. Mosaic conducts research and provides the science so that retailers can stand behind our products and feel confident in their performance. We conduct lab protocols, green-house work, small-plot replicated trials, and on-farm research that provide our customers with the foundation they need to support their grower customers. It is important to have data and ROI calculators that demonstrate the value created by our performance products.
Differentiation requires constantly listening to retail customer and grower needs. Feedback from the field is critical to our success and innovation pipeline. We have a StageGate process that is a framework for collecting and building a business model around new ideas. Additionally, we have strategic research alliances that help “ground the science” on existing and new product development. This is especially important with the announcement of new partnerships and new product offerings over the next several years.
How is Mosaic adapting to meet the future needs of growers?
We are really thinking outside of the box to adapt to the future needs of growers. For example, recent announcement of partnerships that will offer completely different types of crop nutrition technologies are in the works and will be the next chapter of innovation within Mosaic’s product portfolio.
In prior years, when we trained retailers on balanced crop nutrition, we talked about the 17 essential elements (6 macronutrients and 8 micronutrients), crop nutrient demands, and how are products fulfill those nutritional needs. That's been the focus of our balanced crop nutrition strategy at Mosaic.
Today, we are thinking about a more comprehensive or advanced approach that looks beyond those 17 essential crop nutrients to better understand soil health. In other words, how can we build upon traditional soil chemistry to better understand how living organisms in the soil interact with additions of nutrients and how can we influence their populations and synergies with nutrients to achieve the next-level of crop nutrition.
Just like human nutrition and the old adage “you are what you eat,” nutrients and biology in the soil are the drivers of crop growth and development. Healthy soils produce healthy yields! Now more than ever we are looking at innovative ways to use our existing performance products and soon to be released technologies that span beyond traditional approaches by Mosaic or competitors.
Learn more about Curt Woolfolk and is passion to help the world grow the food it needs.
To learn more about soil health and Mosaic’s performance products, hear more from Curt at cropnutrition.com.
Mosaic Helps Procure 450 Oxygen Concentrators
PROVIDING RELIEF IN COMMUNITIES WHERE WE OPERATE
June 10, 2021
The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation, in partnership with the Sehgal Foundation, have helped purchase 450 oxygen concentrators to donate to communities in India where our employees, customers, and partners live and work. These concentrators are a critical need to Covid-19 patients who are able to self-isolate at home. Oxygen concentrators are not ventilators, they provide respiratory support to patients by utilizing air in the room and purifying it to a higher oxygen percentage. In recent weeks, a surge in cases has crippled the healthcare system in India.
Procuring the concentrators was a challenge; however, with the help of our team at Mosaic China, our long-standing non- profit partner, the Sehgal Foundation, purchased 250 oxygen concentrators and coordinated with government hospitals to bring much needed aid to rural parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan where many of the communities that take part in our Villages Program are located. They also provided personal protection equipment (PPE) kits to hospitals that need them most. In addition, Mosaic India purchased another 200 concentrators, together with the Sehgal Foundation, they are working to distribute 60 concentrators across the country where we have operations. The remaining concentrators have been provided to small partner NGOs which are providing relief to critical populations and agriculture universities.
At the start of the global pandemic, Mosaic donated more than $1.5 million in aid to food organizations to combat global food supply shortages. Due to the recent surge in cases in Brazil, Mosaic Fertilizantes has donated more than $350,000 in additional resources to support communities in hard hit areas. Mosaic remains committed to the safety and wellness of our employees and encourages everyone in these highly impacted areas to not only wear a mask, continue social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene, but to also get vaccinated when vaccines are available.
Mosaic’s Commitment to Life Below Water
SUPPORTING THE UN SDGS AND THE WORLD'S OCEANS
June 7, 2021
Mosaic works hard to be transparent and accountable to our stakeholders to Act Responsibly in all that we do. In 2020, we expanded our sustainability approach with the launch of 13 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets to drive improvements – but they’re just one of the ways we are measuring our progress. We also assess our impacts in relation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN SDGs are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. There are 17 Goals which were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goals were written and intended for governments, but we recognize how our business efforts may contribute to the challenges and know that is our responsibility to also be part of the solutions to solve global issues. Mosaic has made commitments to five of the goals, and today we are highlighting Goal 14: Life Below Water.
Partnering with organizations that address habitat conservation, nutrient stewardship and watershed restoration is an important part of our commitment to reducing our impact and improving our use of shared resources where we operate. Since 2004, Mosaic has invested over $25 million with more than 150 organizations on water-related initiatives.
In 2020, we issued a target to empower farmers in key growing areas in North America to reduce the impact of crop nutrient products on the environment by facilitating the implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship on 25 million acres by 2025.
We recently announced support for the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA) Turtle Bay Oyster Reef Restoration Monitoring (TBORRM) initiative, which works to restore coastal oyster reefs in Charlotte Harbor’s Turtle Bay.
We’ve partnered with The Florida Aquarium for more than 25 years. Throughout the year, Mosaic barges returning from Louisiana collect sea water from the Gulf of Mexico and deliver it to the aquarium to use in various exhibits and also for research. In 2020, Mosaic delivered a total of 1.8 million gallons of sea water saving the aquarium over $550,000 in costs related to the manufacturing of salt water.
Volunteering is another way we can support the UN SDGs. Mosaic recently launched the Mosaic Employee Giving Program where employees can take advantage of incentives and matching grants from The Mosaic Company Foundation, but also support organizations that inspire them the most.
While NASA is known best for exploring things out of this world, researching the world’s oceans is a great way to understand our world. They partnered with NeMO-Net to create an interactive video game to help map the world’s coral.
Take part in this addicting interactive game and help identify millions of coral throughout our oceans, learn more at http://nemonet.info/
Mosaic Employees Develop Innovative Solutions to Protect People, Environment
SIX PROJECTS RECOGNIZED FOR ELIMATING RISK
June 7, 2021
One of Mosaic’s strategic priorities is to Act Responsibly. Our approach is simple: minimize risks and impacts and maximize value to our diverse stakeholders. We focus these efforts in four areas: People, Environment, Society, and Company, to promote good stewardship of the natural, human, and social resources we rely upon.
To consistently make progress, in 2020 we announced bold Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets, which include critical goals to further improve safety and wellness. Our highest priority is to provide our workforce of nearly 12,000 hardworking people with a safe, healthy, and respectful work environment.
We put employees in the driver's seat to identify and address frontline hazards with an initiative called the Risk Reduction Program. Last year we celebrated three projects from 2019, and since the launch of the program more than 1,700 projects have been completed. Engagement in the program garnered recognition throughout the company and has resulted in our achieving safety and risk reduction targets tied to employee total compensation and incentive plans.
This year, we celebrate six impactful projects from 2020:
Innovation Risk Reduction Projects in this category impact entire site locations, bring new technology to Mosaic or utilize an existing technology in a new way, and/or projects that eliminate worker exposure and risks.
Catalão, Brazil: Digital Lockout Tagout System
The team developed and implemented a digital system for lockout and tagout for electrical equipment, eliminating risk and improving automation. The team in Catalão identified an outdated procedure for maintaining this equipment using a system with padlocks and keys. This system had many risks associated with it, including, at worst, potential for electric shock and arc, but ongoing issues like time inefficiency and ergonomics. The digital system overrides the electrical system and eliminates the risk of shock - protecting employees, reducing time inefficiencies by 62%, and eliminating ergonomic risks.
Runner-up: Carlsbad, New Mexico – Portable Fall Protection System
The team implemented a portable fall protection system to improve safety when working at heights. This system is mobile and can be sized dependent on the project.
Elevating Environment Projects in this category should be efforts to go beyond regulatory requirements toward environmental stewardship and should elevate Mosaic’s sustainability goals and ESG Performance Targets. This may include waste reduction, energy or water savings, wildlife conservation, etc.
Fospar, Brazil – Rainwater Collection System
Mining is a water intensive effort, and one of Mosaic’s ESG Performance Targets is to reduce freshwater use by 20% per tonne of product by 2025. The team developed a centralized system for collecting rainwater to use instead of freshwater. The area has significant rainfall which also caused flooding concerns for the facility. This project created collection points to a centralized pool, saving more than 110 million litres (or approx. 30 million gallons) of freshwater per year, amounting to 70% of water use at the Fospar facility.
Runner-up: Bartow, Florida – Ammoniated Pondwater Elimination
The team took a large cross-functional approach to reducing their site usage of freshwater in their process. This site committed to large scale equipment improvements to ensure the plant’s ball mills would be able to use raw pondwater instead of freshwater within the process. This allowed for an annual savings of 300 million gallons per year of freshwater at the Bartow location. Bartow is celebrating a new record low of freshwater use this year, and continues to innovate and use water wisely.
Hand Safety Impact Projects in this category reduce or eliminate the risks of hand injuries – which was one of the highest recordable injuries at Mosaic.
Cajati, Brazil: Pneumatic Tool Eliminating Use of Hammers
When maintaining mining trucks, in order to remove part of the brake system, mechanics needed to hit a 5.5 lb sledgehammer against the brake chamber arm to loosen it free. In some instances, more than 170 manual strikes over five minutes were necessary to do this. Ergonomic and task exposure risks, which included crushed fingers and hands and the strenuous physical demand, where chief concerns. But also, the risk of inadvertently damaging equipment, flying debris, and inefficiencies were challenges associated with this rigorous maintenance task. So the maintenance team developed a simple but very effective removal device internally. A pneumatic tool connects to the device allowing the bushing to be removed in less than a minute, without the use of any kind of hammer.
Runner-up: South Fort Meade, Florida – Forklift Fork Adjustment Tool
When operating a forklift, there are inherent risks when maintenance of the fork is required. The team in South Fort Meade wanted to find a way to reduce the likelihood of hand injury in the process. Best practices were shared from the South Pasture, Florida, facility, including an idea for a tool that was never engineered. The teams came together to develop a simple, but effective adjustment tool that removes risk to the employee when maintenance on the fork is needed.
The innovation and ingenuity of Mosaic employees and their commitment to safety was reinforced this year by the National Safety Council, which honored us with the 2020 Robert W. Campbell Award - the prestigious, international award celebrates our 10-year journey in EHS excellence. We continue to celebrate these important milestones at Mosaic, but we believe our journey to zero injuries and incidents is always ongoing and should be top of mind for all of our teams. Learn more about our ESG Performance Targets and our approach to worker wellness and safety.
Mosaic Continues Community Support in Moose Jaw
DONATION SUPPORTS STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
June 3, 2021
Mosaic recently announced our extended commitment of $750,000 over the next five years to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation to bring state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment to the city of Moose Jaw.
"Our long-standing partnership with the Moose Jaw Health Foundation continues with new funding to enhance local surgical and diagnostic imaging capabilities," shares Sarah Fedorchuk, Vice President Government and Public Affairs – North America with The Mosaic Company. "We are proud to support the Health Foundation's important work to deliver the best possible care to its patients, including hundreds of our Mosaic employees and their families that call Moose Jaw home.”
Each year, an average of 1,000 urological procedures are performed at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. The new Mosaic-funded equipment includes the BK-series of ultrasound displays and transducers that offer live imaging and identification of masses and tumors, putting some of the most modern intra-operative image guidance tools available in the hands of local surgeons like Urologist, Dr. Chun Huang.
"The equipment provides a modern approach to healthcare. It allows doctors like me to ensure we can access superior treatment options close to home, dramatically increasing the quality of care. When using the new equipment, patients can expect a more comfortable experience, shorter recovery time, reduced risks and better treatment outcomes," says Dr. Huang.
The Moose Jaw Health Foundation expressed its gratitude for the continuation of our support, which spans over a decade. "No matter what the Foundation does, Mosaic is always there to support us with the shared goal of enhancing patient care," said Kelly McElree, Executive Director at Moose Jaw Health Foundation, "thanks to your investment, we can bring the best surgical and diagnostic imaging equipment in Canada to the people of Moose Jaw and surrounding areas, while also attracting and retaining top medical talent.”
We are proud to be the Health Foundation's largest annual donor. Our extended commitment adds to the over $1.6 million invested in healthcare in Moose Jaw to date.
Partnership With Tampa Bay Lightning Supports Hunger Relief Programs
THE 2020-2021 SEASON RAISES $49,000
June 1, 2021
At Mosaic, we know that to help the world grow the food it needs, our work must extend to our backyard. That is why we partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning through the Goals for Food Program to help those experiencing food insecurity in the communities where we operate.
During regular season home games, we donate $500 for every goal scored by the Lightning and $5,000 for every hat trick to Feeding Tampa Bay and 13 regional food bank partners. During the 2020-2021 season, we raised $49,000 towards hunger relief programs in Central Florida. Every dollar donated supplies ten meals.
To date, the Goals for Food program has raised $800,000 to help those most vulnerable to food insecurity.
Mosaic’s President and CEO, Joc O’Rourke and Senior Vice President – North America, Bruce Bodine joined Elizabeth Frazier, Executive Director of the Lightning Foundation (left) and Marc Spencer, Board Vice Chair of Feeding Tampa Bay (right) to present this year’s total.
“We have partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning through the Goals for Food program for eight seasons,” shares Bruce. “In that time, we have provided over eight million meals to those most vulnerable to food insecurity in Florida. We are proud of the positive impact this annual partnership makes in local communities that our employees call home.”
Congratulations, Bolts, on an exciting season and playoff run – Mosaic is cheering you on!
Miski Mayo Provides Support for Community Drinking Water
DONATES TWO CHLORINE CYLINDERS TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF RINCONADA LLÍCUAR
May 25, 2021
The Mosaic Company’s partner in Peru, Miski Mayo, continues to contribute to the well-being of their local community. As one organization, we work to support the communities where our employees live and work. As part of the program "Together for Sechura", Miski Mayo donated two chlorine cylinders to the Municipality of Rinconada Llícuar. The cylinders chlorinate water so it is a reliable resource for human consumption, contributing to the reduction of water-borne diseases, thus improving the quality of life for Rinconada residents.
Roberto Campoverde, Social Management Analyst, says this donation is part of our social commitment and the sanitation plan that works in the province of Sechura and its populated centers.
"Water is a paramount element for life, so we don't neglect these kinds of contributions that improve people's quality of life, but above all, keeps them in good health by avoiding disease," Campoverde said.
Miski Mayo will continue these initiatives that seek to improve essential services and resources for the population and avoid widespread infections and Covid-19.
When Mosaic acquired Vale Fertilizantes in 2017, we not only became the leading fertilizer producer and distributer in Brazil, we also became the operating partner of the Miski Mayo joint venture phosphate mining company in Peru. As part of the acquisition, Mosaic assumed 75 percent ownership of the company. Mitsui, based out of Japan, maintains ownership of the other 25 percent. Mosaic has another join venture with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia. Both of these partnerships are key parts of our long-term phosphates rock strategy.
The Mosaic Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting
HIGHLIGHTS TRANSFORMATIONAL BENEFITS
May 24, 2021
The Mosaic Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting was held on May 20, 2021. Shareholders ratified all 12 Board of Directors seeking reelection: Cheryl Beebe, Oscar P. Bernardes, Timothy S. Gitzel, Denise C. Johnson, Emery N. Koenig, James (“Joc”) C. O’Rourke, David T. Seaton, Steven M. Seibert, Luciani Siani Pires, Gretchen H. Watkins, Kelvin R. Westbrook, and Chairman Gregory L. Ebel. Nancy E. Cooper did not stand for re-election and this position was not filled.
In addition, shareholders ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as Mosaic’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2021, and approved the advisory resolution on named executive officer compensation.
Joc O’Rourke, Mosaic President and CEO, provided highlights of the company’s 2020 performance, which included the significant impact of transformational initiatives and improving markets in the second half of the year. In total, Mosaic delivered over $300 million in transformational benefits and generated adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 billion, up 11% from 2019. Additional details are available in the 2020 Annual Report and in the 2020 CEO Letter to Shareholders.
Looking ahead, Mosaic remains focused on its strategic priorities and driving long-term shareholder value. You can learn about our ongoing efforts at Mosaicco.com and in recent news, including updates on Mosaic’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) Performance Targets, NextGEN technology innovations in our North America Business, and new soil health partnerships.
Mosaic Experts Present Best Practices
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE PROMOTES WATER STEWARDSHIP
May 20, 2021
At Mosaic, we believe it is our responsibility to Act Responsibility in all that we do. From mine to market, we are working to minimize our impacts and maximize the value we deliver to diverse stakeholders around the globe. While there is no denying that mining and fertilizer manufacturing are intensive endeavors; resource extraction, consumption of materials, generation of emissions in operations, and water use are all activities that are necessary to fulfilling our mission to help the world grow the food it needs.
We employ thousands of hard-working, talented, and responsible people ensuring Mosaic’s values are upheld. Experts in their fields, we encourage our team members to share best practices across industries. Most recently, Jessica Theriault- Director of Regulatory Affairs and Natali Archibee - Corporate Sustainability Manager presented at the Water Stewardship in Mining 2021, a virtual conference intended to unite mining companies, government regulators, and NGOs to help build sustainable paths toward water stewardship across the industry.
Alongside The Mosaic Company, in attendance were representatives from United Nations - Principles for Sustainable Investing (UNPRI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), University of British Columbia, Newmont Mining, BHP, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), CDP, among others.
North America Focus on NextGEN Continues Impact
IMPROVING EVERY ASPECT OF THE BUSINESS
May 18, 2021
Innovation is part of everything we do at Mosaic. We’re using technology to find new ways to manage risk, minimize our impacts and maximize the value we deliver to our team, customers and diverse stakeholders around the globe. As part our strategic priorities, the North America transformation continues to drive efficiencies and competitiveness for the business. This includes identifying investments in innovations that revolutionize our operations.
NextGEN is the term we are using for next generation technology-driven change, which is focused on four key areas: Integrated Operations Centers, Modeling and Analytics, Automation and Process Controls, and Process Digitization. NextGEN technology helps us keep our employees safe, monitor the health and performance of our equipment, optimize decision making, and improve coordination across our operations. These innovations are improving every aspect of the business, and that includes inventory and water management.
Tonnages are reported and tracked at various steps in our supply chain process. Being able to do so as accurately, efficiently, and safely as possible allows us to proactively manage inventories – helping keep the supply chain process flowing smoothly from mine to plant, and eventually to our customers. Examples of how we’re using technology to improve our supply chain process can be seen in pilots underway at our Belle Plaine facility in Canada, where they are using mobile 3D scanners to measure product pile volumes, and at our Florida phosphate mines, where the use of drones is replacing the need for helicopter fly-over to manage inventories of phosphate ore.
Mosaic’s focus on NextGEN innovation is making an impact on our priority to Act Responsibly at all stages of the business, which includes reducing freshwater use and responsibly managing water at our sites. Machine learning models at our Belle Plaine facility allow us to predict water use in the potash crystallization process – helping us find new ways to maximize production while reducing our use of fresh water.
In Florida, our environmental field technicians collect thousands of piezometer readings across thousands of acres of Mosaic property each week to monitor groundwater levels near our Florida mining operations. This data was previously collected using pen and paper and re-entered manually into Mosaic’s systems. Now, thanks to a mobile application – ArcGIS Collector – they enter that data directly into Mosaic’s systems while still out in the field. It is displayed in real-time on a dashboard that includes a map showing when and where each reading was collected.
The data is used by our Water Management, Environmental and Site Management teams to monitor compliance with groundwater regulatory requirements. It is also reported to Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), the organization that manages water resources for west-central Florida.
From mine, to field, to market – Mosaic’s focus on NextGEN technology is crucial to our continued success driving the transformation of our North America Business and supporting our strategic priorities.
Mosaic Fertilizantes Launches New Website
ELEVATING THE MOSAIC STORY AROUND THE GLOBE
May 14, 2021
Last year we launched the new Mosaicco.com website, delivering an improved visual and streamlined experience for site visitors. Today we are making another great step forward with the launch of a redesigned Mosaicco.com.br. This new site for Mosaic Fertilizantes will continue to build our brand awareness in South America.
In addition to these sites, we launched new websites earlier in the year to share the local story of Mosaic’s presence in Florida and Saskatchewan. The two sites – Mosaic in Canada and Mosaic Florida Phosphate – build awareness of the work we do and our positive impact in both these critical communities.
Together, these four sites will help us share the work we all do every day to help the world grow the food it needs.
Meet the 2021 4R Advocate Farmers
PROMOTING 4R STEWARDSHIP ACROSS THE U.S.
April 29, 2021
Farmers have a lot to think about when it comes to fertilizer. When should it be applied, how much should be applied and where it should be applied are just a few complex – but crucial – decisions they have to make. At Mosaic, we believe it’s important for farmers to understand not only how their fertilizer application decisions effect crop yields, but also how it impacts air and water quality. That’s why we’re dedicated to educating farmers and retailers about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework.
4R Nutrient Stewardship encompasses fertilizer best management practices to achieve cropping system goals, like maximizing profitability and protecting the environment. To achieve those goals, the 4Rs framework incorporates the Right nutrient source, at the Right rate, at the Right time, and in the Right place.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) named five farmers and their retailer partners as 2021 4R Advocates. The 4R Advocate program recognizes farmers and retailers who are leaders when it comes to implementing the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship on their fields. These farmers showcase real world examples of how successfully implementing the 4Rs can increase yields and profits, while reducing the impact on the environment.
Get to know the 2021 4R Advocate Farmers and their Retailer Partners
Success can be defined many ways. It can mean continuous improvement. It can mean helping wildlife. It can be both a place and a way to live. For Zack Brown, it is all these and more. The 30-year-old, fourth generation farmer calls Success, Arkansas, home, where he farms 2,500 acres of corn, rice, and soybeans. And he defines his success as a farmer like this: “We try to make every acre the highest potential it can produce, keeping up with the fertilizer, making sure I know what’s out there, what it needs, what I’m taking out.”
Double J Farms near Headland, Alabama, focuses on cotton, corn, peanuts, cattle, and cover crops. In fact, fourth-generation farmer Myron Johnson says cover crops are probably the biggest thing that’s happened to his row crop farming. Johnson farms around 2,300 acres of sandy soil and the biomass from the cover crops helps hold the soil together, enhancing soil health. “It created the environment where everything’s happy. All our soil creatures, that’s what they love,” Johnson says.
When you’re growing potatoes for folks who know a thing or two about making French fries, you need to be on top of your game. That’s why Steve Paget, manager of Simplot’s Grandview Farms near Burbank, Washington, and Certified Crop Advisor Jack Jensen with Simplot Grower Solutions, use tissue and soil tests weekly to monitor and adjust the crop’s nutrient needs.
If you enjoy a glass of California wine, chances are good that Brenda Wolgamott had something to do with it. She manages 3,000 acres of vineyards along the Golden State’s Central Coast for the Wine Group, the second largest wine company in the world marketing around 60 different brands.
Lamb Farms, Inc., Oakfield, New York, is proof that success in agriculture doesn’t have to run many generations deep. The dairy operation was founded by Leslie and Gordon Lamb in 1966, with Jim Veazey joining the partnership in 1976. The next generation is now running the show. The operation runs around 7,000 cows on four different dairies and will expand to around 8,000, and farms around 13,000 acres of primarily corn and alfalfa to produce feed for the cows.
Honoring the UN World Day for Safety and Health at Work
MOSAIC IS DEDICATED TO WORKER SAFETY AND WELLNESS
April 27, 2021
Today we acknowledge the UN’s commitment and dedication to promoting safety and wellness efforts in the workplace around the globe.
For Mosaic, Acting Responsibly includes being accountable to our teams for their well-being, onsite and in the community. In the last year, adjusting to new distractions at work and home was a challenge, but Mosaic employees have come together in inspiring ways to support their communities and each other through this unique time. We instituted new safety and scheduling procedures to minimize Covid-19 exposure, including requiring masks, temperature screening and many other proactive measures. While we are encouraged for the future, we continue to enforce these important protocols to protect each other.
We employ more than 12,000 dedicated, hard-working people at Mosaic. We understand the nature of our industry and operations can come with risks, which is why we support and foster a culture of worker safety and wellness.
In conjunction with Mosaic’s strategic priorities and our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets, strengthening our management system continues to be a critical priority. In 2020, we rolled out our environmental, health, and safety (EHS) 2030 Vision to represent our focus areas: technology, worker wellness, and social responsibility – all anchored by our management system to ensure we’re accounting for potential risks and putting mitigation in place. By prioritizing risk reduction to drive toward zero safety and environmental incidents we put employees in the driver's seat to identify risk reduction opportunities and implement solutions. More than 1,700 projects have been completed since the program began in 2019.
Last year, we developed the EHS Risk Reduction Recognition program to celebrate these important projects with our teams. While we are eager to celebrate in person, both last year and this year’s awards ceremony will be held virtually to promote important projects that have contributed to moving beyond compliance, reducing impacts to the environment, and creating long-term, sustainable positive impacts for Mosaic’s workforce.
These projects are in addition to the important NextGEN work that helps to implement transformative technological change that in addition to cost savings and efficiencies provides new, safer methods of doing business for our workforce. The innovation and ingenuity of Mosaic employees and their commitment to safety was reinforced this year by the National Safety Council, which honored us with the 2020 Robert W. Campbell Award - the prestigious, international award celebrates our 10-year journey in EHS excellence.
We continue to celebrate these important milestones at Mosaic, but we believe our journey to zero injuries and incidents is always ongoing and should be top of mind for all of our teams. Learn more about our ESG Performance Targets and our approach to worker wellness and safety.
Mosaic Celebrates Earth Day
PROGRESS MADE TOWARD ESG PERFORMANCE TARGETS
April 22, 2021
At Mosaic, we are proud of the efforts we make to act responsibly everywhere we operate and continue to prioritize our stewardship of the environment as we celebrate Earth Day.
Acting responsibly at every step in the process is so engrained in our work that it’s one of our company’s strategic priorities. From mine to market, we know minimizing our impacts and maximizing the value we provide to our diverse stakeholders is key to delivering on our mission, responsibly.
In 2020, we announced bold Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets to progress our sustainability efforts in four focus areas. We know that respect for the environment, and those who rely on it, is essential to the sustainability of our business — and we are committing significant resources to reducing our impacts and improving our use of shared resources.
Recently, our North America operations launched an internal campaign educating employees on ways to use water wisely and soliciting employee input on how to contribute to Mosaic’s goal of reducing freshwater use by 20% per tonne of product by 2025. In Bartow, Florida, one of our facilities recently made impressive progress towards the site’s freshwater targets, reducing its intake by over 480 million gallons per year – a new low for the site’s freshwater use.
We have also made strong progress toward achieving our target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% per tonne of product by 2025. Our Catalão mine and phosphate manufacturing facility in Brazil recently completed a project to eliminate fossil fuel from the site’s granulation drying process, opting instead for a biofuel substitute that reduced the site’s risk profile and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the drying process by more than 65%.
Giving back to the community is an important part of how we do business at The Mosaic Company. In 2020, together with The Mosaic Company Foundation and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil, we donated more than $14 million toward community investments everywhere we operate.
We know that some of the most important goodwill is done locally and is driven by personal passions. Recently, in North America we launched the Mosaic Employee Giving Program which shifts from a more traditional single organization, annual workplace giving model to a flexible year-round program allowing our employees to support the organizations that are important to them. The Mosaic Company Foundation matches employee financial contributions and offers incentivized volunteer efforts. In the six weeks since the launch of this new program, our North American workforce has volunteered more than 200 hours and, with matching funds, have donated more than $45,000 to organizations that matter most to them in the communities where we live and work.
While we are still in a pandemic, we are encouraged by the future and inspired by our employees’ dedication and support of their communities. Mosaic Fertilizantes announced through The Mosaic Institute in Brazil, its commitment to support thousands in 18 cities, with the distribution of more than 220 tons of food and 5,000 medical and hygiene supplies for local communities. A similar activation in 2020 drew more than 200 Mosaic employees to volunteer to distribute food baskets and hygiene items benefiting more than 110,000 people in 28 cities.
Mosaic’s six strategic priorities provide an important framework for how we are creating long-term value for our many stakeholders. In 2020, our North America operations completed the final steps in a multi-year plan toward achieving transformational changes, driving efficiencies and competitiveness for the business. This included identifying investments in innovations that revolutionize our operations. Our Esterhazy K3 Project signifies the future of potash with industry-leading automation and process controls, and the new Integrated Operations Center up and running at our FishHawk office will serve as “mission control” for our Florida mining operations.
Innovation is part of everything we do at Mosaic. We’re using technology to find new ways to manage risk, minimize our impacts and maximize the value we deliver to our team, customers and diverse stakeholders around the globe. For the North America team, “NextGEN” is the term we are using for that technology-driven change, which is focused on four key areas: Integrated Operations Centers, Modeling and Analytics, Automation and Process Controls, and Process Digitization.
NextGEN technology helps keep our employees safe, monitors the health and performance of our equipment, optimizes decision making, and improves coordination across our operations. Two focus areas of our NextGEN work – Integrated Operations Centers and Automation and Process Control – are coming together in new ways as we continue using technology to transform our business.
“Being able to remotely operate equipment allows our employees to work in safer, more comfortable conditions where they have access to all the information and resources they need,” explains Chris Hagemo, Sr. Director, Digital Strategy. “Automation allows us to reduce repetitive, tedious tasks and those involving potentially hazardous work so our employees can invest their time and talent in safer and more engaging work.”
Automation plays an important role in operations at Esterhazy’s new K3 mine, allowing employees who worked in close proximity with mining machines to operate and monitor them from a safer distance or focus on other work.
Mining machines are running without human intervention – with advanced instrumentation and programming we can keep the machines straight. As the mining machines advance, another automated machine installs hardware to build the conveyor belt used to transport ore from the mining areas to the surface. Running these machines without human intervention eliminates downtime, as they can safely operate 24/7.
Also being piloted in Esterhazy and at our Bartow facility in Florida is condition-based monitoring (CBM) technology which allows employees to automatically monitor the health and performance of equipment without manual data collection, which helps to more accurately predict and prevent problems.
NextGEN technology is crucial to the continued success of our business for many reasons but is crucial for driving the transformation of our North America Business and supporting our strategic priorities.
At Mosaic, we believe we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to maintain strong commitments to the communities where we have operations. Mosaic Fertilizantes and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil recently announced an additional donation of more than $350,000 in pandemic relief to communities in Brazil where we operate. Similar to Mosaic’s efforts made in 2020, food baskets and hygiene kits will be created and support thousands in 18 cities. These kits will include more than 220 tons of food and 5,000 medical and hygiene supply kits for local healthcare organizations.
“We understand that it is our responsibility, as an active part of the communities where we have operations and where our employees and their families live, to help provide some relief during this extraordinary time. That is why we have carried out a study focused on the main needs of each region, to identify the essential demands and meet them in the best possible way,” explained Arthur Liacre, VP- Corporate Affairs & Sustainability and Strategy & Development Mosaic Fertilizantes Business Center.
Last year, Mosaic Fertilizantes donated the equivalent of R$4.5 million, or more than $850,000, benefiting approximately 110,000 in more than 28 cities. Mosaic mobilized more than 250 employee volunteers to distribute food and hygiene kits to institutions and families in vulnerable situations. Mosaic acquired products to be included in kits by purchasing from small businesses in another effort to support local economies. Food baskets a variety of items including non-perishable and fresh foods to support diverse nutrients. Healthcare and hygiene kits include masks, disinfectants, sanitizer, among others item needed locally.
“We believe that solidarity and unity are essential to face moments of crisis. We always seek to develop the regions where we operate with impactful social projects, and now is no different,” said Liacre.
The Fertilizer Institute Releases 2020 State of the Fertilizer Industry Report
INDUSTRY PRIORITIZES SUSTAINABILITY
March 31, 2021
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) released its 2020 State of the Fertilizer Industry Report. TFI is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry serving member organizations though legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Members include fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers, and trading firms – including The Mosaic Company.
Adam Herges, Mosaic Sr. Sustainability Agronomist, who represents Mosaic with TFI explained, “the fertilizer industry has been making considerable progress on improving safety performance, reducing the environmental impacts from production to the farm, and increasing sustainable fertilizer use. This annual report reflects all of the good work being done throughout the fertilizer supply chain.”
TFI's State of the Industry Report provides insight into the industry’s efforts to improve safety, security, sustainability, stewardship, and efficiency. This data was delayed due to the pandemic but was gathered in 2020 and reflects industry operations in 2019. In line with Mosaic's ESG priority of transparency, we have voluntarily contributed data and stories to TFI's State of the Industry Report since 2013.
On worker safety: according to the data from the Department of Labor, the fertilizer industry is twice as safe as our industry peers.
On the environment: minimizing greenhouse gas emissions is a priority for companies in the fertilizer industry.
On energy use: To reduce their energy footprint, fertilizer manufacturers cogenerate energy or use other low-impact energy sources, such as solar or steam from waste heat.
On water: Overall water use efficiency per ton of fertilizer produced has improved each year since 2013.
On agronomic professionals: Agronomic professionals are an essential link in the fertilizer supply chain, being a trusted source of information for farmers when making fertilizer decisions.
On enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs): are one of the tools farmers can use to improve nutrient uptake by the plant and reduce losses to the environment, but more outreach is needed. Mosaic recently announced two of our fertilizers were designated EEF.
Using Water Wisely
MOSAIC LAUNCHES INTERNAL CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT ESG PERFORMANCE TARGETS
March 24, 2021
Mining and fertilizer manufacturing are water intensive endeavors. Water is a valued input to food production and economic activity and many natural water ecosystems neighbor our operating footprint. For Mosaic to do its part in putting food on the global table, we must use and interact with water responsibly.
This year’s World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on March 22, focuses on Valuing Water, a sentiment Mosaic supports. This week we’re taking water-focused action on two fronts. First, we’re celebrating new and long-time water-based partners whose impressive work is conserving water habitat, promoting nutrient stewardship and restoring watersheds in places that neighbor our operations and customer presence. Learn more about our community investments. In addition, Mosaic is launching a campaign for our operational-facing employees across North America to encourage water reduction activities to reach our goal to reduce our freshwater usage by 20% per product ton by 2025.
Using Water Wisely
Mosaic is hosting its first Water Week, positioned to both educate and inspire employees to think differently about water in their daily work and the risks and opportunities it presents to our industry. Last year Mosaic set 13 bold ESG Performance Targets, several focused on our interactions with water. Making measurable progress will take efforts from every employee and focused investment in innovative projects. The Use Water Wisely campaign is a part of these continued efforts championed by Sustainability Leads at all of our mining and manufacturing facilities.
Water Week will include a Virtual Water Round Table discussion for employees with internal water subject matter experts, and a compelling presentation from long-time partner, The Nature Conservancy, where they’ll hear more about a range of water-related topics like risks to industry from climate change and the importance of nutrient stewardship for farmers using fertilizer products.
This great work echoes programs that are already implemented in our South American operations at Mosaic Fertilizantes. Through the Zero Leak Program and other efforts, facilities are making progress on implementing similar innovative campaigns to educate and promote water reduction and efficiencies.
Learn more about Mosaic’s approach to Acting Responsibly and our efforts to minimize our impacts on the environment.
Mosaic Celebrates National Ag Day by Announcing New Soil Health Collaboration with AgBiome
TO DISCOVER, DEVELOP AND LAUNCH NOVEL BIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ENHANCING SOIL FERTILITY
March 23, 2021
Soil health is the cornerstone of balanced crop nutrition, increasing crop productivity and sustaining the land for generations to come. Advancing soil health is important for our customers and a natural extension of our ability to help them sustainably achieve their goals. Today Mosaic announced the next step in building out a soil health portfolio through a strategic partnership with AgBiome.
This collaboration to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility will leverage AgBiome’s proprietary GENESIS™ platform that comprises the world's largest, most diverse, fully-sequenced collection of microbes coupled with innovative product discovery technology. Mosaic will lend its industry-leading expertise in soil health and product development, as well as its global distribution and sales network. Together the companies expect to find solutions that can be added to Mosaic’s soil health portfolio. Mosaic will have worldwide rights to the product, which has an anticipated launch date in 2025.
This agreement adds to a series of bold moves Mosaic has recently made in the soil health space. Earlier this month, Mosaic announced an agreement with Sound Agriculture to develop and distribute a nutrient efficiency product. Sus-Terra fertilizer was announced last year with production beginning this month, and last December we announced an agreement with BioConsortia to collaborate on new nitrogen-fixing microbial products. Mosaic also recently completed investments in the Brazil venture capital firm, SP Ventures, and U.S.-based Lewis and Clark Ventures, and joined the Plug and Play Tech Center rounding out our global capabilities in technology scouting.
Mosaic Marks World Water Day with $1.7 Million in Water Funding
SUPPORTING GLOBAL WATER INITATIVES
March 22, 2021
Water is an essential input in our operations and across the agricultural value chain. It is also a critical resource for society, including the communities and ecosystems in which we operate. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation are honoring World Water Day by recognizing new and continued partners leading water-based projects and efforts across the globe that supports habitat conservation, nutrient stewardship, and watershed restoration.
“In 2021, we’ve already committed $1.7 million plus in-kind support to water-focused initiatives,” said Ben Pratt, SVP- Government and Public Affairs. “Our total water investments are nearly $29 million, with over 189 partnerships globally.”
In Florida, two projects are receiving a combined over $100,000 in funding this week:
Restore America’s Estuaries
Supporting the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund to restore and conserve the Tampa Bay watershed with a focus on wetland habitat and water quality restoration
Coastal Conservation Association
Restoring coastal oyster reef in Charlotte Harbor’s Turtle Bay
In Canada, Mosaic is extending partnership agreements totaling more than $400,000 with:
Providing multiple in-kind deliveries of salt water using Mosaic barges
For Mosaic, water isn’t just a critical resource in North America, it’s a global initiative. In South America, Mosaic Fertilizantes recently launched its annual water bidding initiative: Edital de Água. Organized by The Mosaic Institute, this program selects projects from civil society organizations and higher education institutions aimed at valuing and encouraging good water resource management practices to ensure quality water for future generations. This year, the program plans to expand to include 15 projects in up to 32 municipalities in Brazil.
In 2019, Edital de Água was recognized in two categories by the Global Compact of the United Nations (UN) for its contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) six, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
“Water is part of our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. We aim to contribute to a 20% reduction in freshwater consumption by 2025. From a social point of view, we want to encourage good management practices for our water resources, mobilizing and investing in institutions that have projects ready to be implemented. We want to see entities and the community mobilizing to find local solutions and thereby help in the socioeconomic development of cities,” explained Paulo Eduardo Batista, Director of Social Performance at Mosaic Fertilizantes.
Learn more about Mosaic’s approach to Acting Responsibly, including our focus areas in supporting the environment and communities everywhere we operate.
Mosaic Partnering with Tampa Bay Innovation Hub
PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TAMPA BAY
March 19, 2021
Mosaic is dedicated to acting responsibly everywhere we operate, and with our global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, giving back to this community is an important part of our efforts. Mosaic is proud to announce a new 5-year partnership and a $1.5 million grant to join the Founders Circle of Embarc Collective – an innovation hub dedicated to supporting and scaling tech startup companies in Tampa Bay. Embarc was founded by Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
While Tampa Bay continues to attract new residents every year, it’s seldom perceived as a lucrative location for tech startups. Embarc Collective helps recruit, retain, and develop startups in their efforts to build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Offering a team of executive advisors and function-specific experts to deliver individualized and quality support, Embarc helps foster innovative growth in Tampa Bay.
Building a network of global advisors is key to scaling any successful startup. Embarc Collective brings together influential business leaders to help advise and mentor member organizations.
“Giving back to the communities in which we operate is a cornerstone of our business,” said Ben Pratt, SVP – Government and Public Affairs, who serves on the Embarc board of directors. “As a large employer in Tampa Bay whose employees live and work in this community, we have a responsibility to support the success of the region through strong workforce development and a thriving, innovative economy.”
Analyst Day: Focus on Optimizing Operating Assets and Capital Management
FOURTH AND FINAL SESSION REPLAY AVAILABLE
March 17, 2021
On March 11, Joc O’Rourke, President & Chief Executive Officer, Clint Freeland, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, and Jenny Wang, VP- Global Strategic Marketing, led the last of four virtual strategic sessions for analysts and investors.
This series was a replacement for Mosaic’s traditional analyst day and provides a deeper look into each of our six strategic priorities. The fourth event, “Optimizing Operating Assets and Capital Management,” showcased the positive impact of Mosaic’s strategic priorities and the outcomes on the business. A replay of the webcast is available here.
Joc introduced this final session by reinforcing Mosaic’s six strategic priorities provide an important framework for the company that create long-term value for our many stakeholders. “This approach to managing the business has strengthened our foundation and improved our competitiveness during the recent ag and global uncertainties,” Joc explained. “At the same time, this approach has also positioned us to accelerate our financial performance as markets improve, which I’m very pleased to say is exactly what’s happening.” Before introducing Clint, Joc reiterated that Mosaic’s performance was driven by initiatives and actions that the company can control, driving $318 million of benefits in 2020.
The previous chapters are also available on Mosaic’s investor website. The first chapter reviewed “North America Transformation” and “Drive Functional Efficiency and Collaboration.” The second chapter highlighted the “South America Growth Engine.” The third chapter focused on the strategic priorities “Grow and Strengthen Our Product Portfolio,” and “Act Responsibly.”
Mosaic’s Commitment to the UN SDGs
CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
March 16, 2021
As the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and crop nutrient products, Mosaic has the opportunity—and responsibility—to contribute to the success of global sustainability.
There is no denying that mining and fertilizer manufacturing are intensive endeavors. Resource extraction, consumption of materials, generation of emissions in operations, water use—these activities are all necessary to fulfilling our mission to help the world grow the food it needs. From mine-to-market, we are continuously evaluating our sustainability efforts and looking for ways to minimize our negative impacts and maximize our positive contributions to shared challenges.
Mosaic isn’t new to the sustainability space. We’ve worked hard to be transparent and accountable to our stakeholders for more than10 years, but in 2020 we expanded our approach with the launch of 13 environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance targets that will guide our efforts to 2025.
Our ESG Performance Targets provide an important framework for driving internal improvements, but they’re just one of the ways we are Acting Responsibly. We also assess our impacts in relation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN SDGs are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. There are 17 Goals which were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goals were written and intended for governments, but we recognize how our business efforts may contribute to the challenges and know that is our responsibility to also be part of the solutions to solve global issues.
In 2020, we worked with a third party to assess the SDGs against Mosaic’s strategy, commitments and ESG Performance Targets. We conducted reviews of our peers’ commitments, consulted industry resources, assessed our current UN SDG commitments and mapped the goals at the indicator level against our own company activities. As a result of this exercise, we are prioritizing five SDGs where our business has the most impact and potential to contribute on a societal level, and here’s why.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger – There is no SDG that is better aligned to our mission to help the world grow the food it needs. Our work – production and distribution of vital crop nutrients – plays a role in addressing the challenge of food security. Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation – Water is essential to our operations and it is also a critical resource for society. We understand that growing water risks create challenges for the world’s populations. Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – The safety and wellness of our employees is critical to our shared success, and an inclusive workforce enables the diversity of voices and insights needed to drive innovation and prepare for our business’s future. Goal 13: Climate Action – Fertilizers, Mosaic’s primary products, are responsible for 40-60% of the world’s crop yields. We also generate direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the mining, production, distribution and application of our crop nutrient products. Goal 14: Life Below Water – Crop nutrient products have the potential to run off farmland and into waterways, which can contribute to impaired water quality and can nourish algal blooms.
While we are prioritizing five goals, Mosaic contributes to several of the SDG goals in varying ways. We understand our contribution and will continue to evolve our ongoing efforts to build a stronger, brighter future. Learn more about Mosaic’s approach to sustainability and our continuing dedication to the UN SDGs.
Mosaic Announces New Soil Health Agreement with Sound Agriculture
NEW TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM NUTRIENT EFFICIENCY
March 9, 2021
Providing advances in soil health is a natural extension of our ability to help our customers sustainably achieve their goals – now and for our collective future. Mosaic has taken another step forward in building out a soil health portfolio by entering into a strategic partnership with Sound Agriculture to develop and distribute a nutrient efficiency product. The product will leverage Sound Agriculture’s bio-inspired chemistry that activates the soil microbiome to give plants access to important nutrients and allow growers to optimize fertilizer inputs.
The co-developed product is expected to launch in the United States by 2023, before rolling out to additional markets throughout the Americas, with focus on Brazil, Argentina and Canada. Sound Agriculture will focus on manufacturing of the active ingredient and product formulation, while Mosaic will oversee field development, regulatory, sales and marketing efforts. Initially, the product will be available for use as an in-season application on corn and soybeans, with the potential to expand to additional row crops such as wheat, cotton, rice, sugarcane, coffee and others.
This agreement adds to a number of other moves in the soil health space. Sus-Terra fertilizer by Mosaic was announced last year with production beginning this month, and last December we announced an agreement with BioConsortia to collaborate on new nitrogen-fixing microbial products. Mosaic also recently completed investments in the Brazil venture capital firm, SP Ventures, and U.S.-based Lewis and Clark Ventures, and joined the Plug and Play Tech Center rounding out our global capabilities in technology scouting.
Building a More Diverse Company By Building Up Women
MOSAIC IS FOCUSED ON CREATING OPPORTUNITIES AIMED AT HELPING WOMEN – BOTH INSIDE OF MOSAIC, AND AROUND THE WORLD
March 8, 2021
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, as well as raising awareness on gender equality. Mosaic is focused on creating opportunities aimed at helping women – both inside of Mosaic, and around the world.
Historically, the mining industry has been largely male-dominated. Today, women comprise just 14% of Mosaic’s global workforce. Although we are transparent with that number, it shows we have opportunity to improve. And we’ve committed to it. Research shows that diverse and inclusive teams are more productive, creative and innovative. Mosaic’s dedication to inclusion recognizes that a more representative workforce not only makes us stronger, but better equips us to fulfill our mission—to help the world grow the food it needs.
We know that to build a diverse, talented workforce, we need to start outside of our company. Mosaic is focused on creating development opportunities aimed at helping women in and around the agriculture sector expand their skills. In Canada, Mosaic provides support aimed at helping advance women in the ag business. The company has teamed up with Women in Mining to support the Mine Your Potential Mentorship Program and the International Mining & Minerals Initiative to support women and Indigenous students enrolled in STEM post-secondary programs.
Mosaic partners with organizations like the National Diversity Council to provide future female leaders with access to mentorship from established businesswomen in Tampa Bay; Women on Boards, a leading education and advocacy campaign accelerating the global movement toward gender balance on corporate boards of directors; the Women’s Conference of Florida, which offers professional women from across the state a platform to address the most important issues facing women and Florida Cattlewomen, which fosters the well-being of the beef industry through education and promotion.
Learn more about Mosaic’s commitments to communities here.
Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets – Companywide Volunteerism and Giving
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INTENT OF THE TARGET AND HOW WE'LL GET THERE
March 4, 2021
In this video series, we’re sharing more about the intent of Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets and how we’ll get there. Acting Responsibly is a strategic priority for our employees and our company. This critical work helps Mosaic to maximize our positive impact on society.
This week, hear from Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Karla Guzman-Mims and Institutional Relations Specialist Luiz Pereira as they talk about one of our society targets: Establish companywide systems for capturing volunteer hours; report results annually.
Mosaic Named to Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies in 2021
FIRST FERTILIZER AND AG COMPANY TO MAKE THE LIST
March 3, 2021
The Mosaic Company has been named by Barron’s as one of 100 Most Sustainable Companies for 2021. In an assessment of 1,000 of the largest publicly traded companies headquartered in the U.S., Mosaic is the first fertilizer and agriculture company to ever be named on the list. In 2020, Mosaic announced aggressive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) targets to continue our sustainability journey and hold us accountable for measuring and reporting on our progress in the areas that drive value for our stakeholders and maximize the positive impact we have on society. This recognition is reinforcement that acting responsibly is critical to our future success. Employees are the reason to celebrate our responsibility performance. Their actions on the frontlines and behind the scenes each and every day determine how well we can execute on our goals and ensure our license to operate.
“We believe that for our business to thrive in the long-term, we must be good stewards of the natural, human and social resources we rely upon to execute our mission to help the world grow the food it needs,” explained Ben Pratt, SVP- Government and Public Affairs. “It is both our responsibility and our opportunity.”
Barron’s list is created by Calvert Research & Management. Each of the 1,000 companies was rated on its demonstrated responsibility in five key stakeholder categories: shareholders, employees, customers, community, and planet. To calculate the ratings, they considered more than 230 key performance indicators that were organized into 28 distinct topics, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to workplace safety to workplace diversity.
For the fourth year in a row, the 100 companies that earned a place on the list also outperformed market averages, signaling that companies that prioritize sustainability are also strengthening overall performance—now and in the future.
Two Mosaic Fertilizers Designated as Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEF)
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FARMING AND INCREASED CROP YIELDS
March 1, 2021
Helping the world grow the food it needs is core to everything we do at Mosaic, but so is our focus to do it responsibly. We know that we share in the responsibility of reducing the environmental impacts of fertilizer. That’s why it is important to us that two of our products, MicroEssentials® and Sus-Terra™ fertilizer by The Mosaic Company are now labeled as Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEF) as defined by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO).
EEF products reduce nutrient losses to the environment through the slow release of nutrients or by disrupting the conversion of nutrient forms in the soil that are susceptible to loss all while increasing nutrient availability for the crop. Innovative fertilizers, like EEFs, are an important component of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. Combined with 4R practices, the use of EEFs and other emerging technologies will help to promote more sustainable farming practices while also solving for the world's increasing demand in food supply.
MicroEssentials and Sus-Terra fertilizers EEF designation support Mosaic’s continued efforts to provide next-generation crop nutrition to meet today’s yield demands and help ensure legacy of land for generations to come. During a recent IFA webinar, Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle (University of Guelph and 2020 IFA Norman Borlaug Award recipient) and Dr. Tom Bruulsema (Plant Nutrition Canada) underscored the need to minimize N2O emissions from agricultural fields through the use of nitrogen inhibitors and EEFs. Key findings from the Canadian 4R Research Network found that the use of EEFs allow growers to reduce emissions up to fifty-five percent.
Through its patented Fusion® technology, four key nutrients are combined into a single granular – including two forms of sulfur. MicroEssentials meets EEF standards as a slow-release fertilizer by offering 50% of the total sulfur as Elemental Sulfur.
About Sus-Terra Fertilizer
In 2020, Mosaic launched a partnership with Anuvia to produce products that would also support healthy soils with the development of Sus-Terra fertilizer. Sus-Terra fertilizer is a first-of-its-kind product that transforms recycled organic matter into a powerful phosphate-based, single granular fertilizer. The unique chemical composition of Sus-Terra fertilizer, built with up to 15% recycled organic matter, promotes a more balanced microbiome to support soil health. In addition, its 30% slow-release nitrogen meets the required designation as an EEF.
Learn more about this important designation and how farmers can use these products together to meet their crop nutrition needs at CropNutrition.com.
Mosaic Named 2020 Robert W. Campbell Award Winner
THIS AWARD CELEBRATES OUR 10-YEAR JOURNEY IN EHS EXCELLENCE
February 24, 2021
The Mosaic Company was named the 2020 Robert W. Campbell Award by the U.S. National Safety Council. This prestigious, international award celebrates our 10-year journey in EHS excellence. It started with the implementation and continuous improvement of the Mosaic Management System and employee engagement with and commitment to changing the way we think about workplace safety.
These foundational shifts in our approach resulted in an 80% improvement in our recordable injury rate and, most recently, led to the creation of the Risk Reduction Program. Through this program, we have continued to learn that putting frontline employees in the drivers’ seat to uncover and correct process flaws enables us to have control of preventing injuries and incidents.
Mosaic employees around the world are honored to receive this recognition for their commitment to safety and continuous improvement. We also know that Acting Responsibly requires a renewed commitment every single day, and that’s why it’s one of our strategic priorities. So while this validation of our efforts is worth celebrating, we believe that the journey to zero injuries and incidents is never over.
Watch CEO Joc O’Rourke accept the award during the virtual 2021 Campbell Institute Symposium.
Supporting Communities Where We Live and Work
MOSAIC LAUNCHES NEW GIVING PROGRAM FOR ITS NORTH AMERICA WORKFORCE
February 22, 2021
Giving back to the community is an important part of how we do business at The Mosaic Company. Together with The Mosaic Company Foundation and The Mosaic Institute in Brazil, we donate more than $12 million toward community investments every year. We are fortunate to have an engaged workforce who continue to demonstrate the power of our mission by giving their time, talent and financial resources to help those in need in the communities where they live and work.
Building on that strong foundation and commitment from our employees, we recently launched a new employee giving program which provides our North America workforce the opportunity to further support organizations that matter most to them – through matching financial contributions and incentivized volunteer activity. This shift from a more traditional single organization, annual workplace giving model to a more flexible year-round one allows us to support the generosity of our employees by supporting the organizations that are important to them.
North America’s new program echoes the work already occurring in South America. Mosaic Fertilizantes launched an updated volunteerism program in late 2019. Since then, employees have volunteered more than 15,000 hours of their time, donated more than 300 tons of food to communities in need, and since the start of the pandemic, helped provide much needed support to more than 100,000 people by donating food and household kits with personal necessities.
“Living our mission is more than providing crop nutrients to help the world grow the food it needs,” said Ben Pratt, Senior Vice President – Government and Public Affairs, “Our communities are also our homes – where we live, work and raise families. We strive to be thoughtful and engaged neighbors who proudly support the communities in which we operate through corporate and local giving and volunteerism.”
A small act of kindness can make all the difference - especially during harvest. The Mosaic Company is pleased to announce the six winners of the 2020 Harvest Heroes contest, which recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to make the harvest season easier. The Harvest Heroes contest, sponsored by MicroEssentials®, acknowledges people who have helped out in big or small ways to ensure a safe and successful harvest season. This year’s grand prize winner, Jenna Binde from Crosby, North Dakota, was nominated for her inspirational support of a fellow farmer who was hospitalized during harvest. Jenna helped organize neighbors and friends to harvest his 1,000 acres.
Thank you to everyone who came together to support each other during this unprecedented harvest season.
Learn more about this year’s Harvest Heroes and their extraordinary efforts.
Mosaic Supports Forever 55 Community Investment Program
TAMPA BAY SUPER BOWL LV HOST COMMITTEE’S LASTING LEGACY
February 4, 2021
The Mosaic Company is reinforcing its commitment to help address food insecurity by partnering with the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and supporting its Forever 55 program. As Tampa Bay ramps up to host Super Bowl LV, together with the NFL and sponsors like us, the host committee’s investment in the community will remain far after the big game ends. The combined $2 million investment will focus on pillars that best reflect the needs of the community such as, health and wellness, sustainability, food insecurity, among others.
During these unprecedented times, food insecurity is at an all-time high. Feeding America estimates 54 million people in the U.S. are food insecure, including 18 million children. Feeding Tampa Bay has indicated that there has been a 400% increase in demand of its services since the start of the pandemic. Because of this, the Host Committee is partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to provide continuing relief as part of the Forever 55 Program.
Recently, with the support of Mosaic, Feeding Tampa Bay was able to pack and deliver 1,800 family meal bags to area schools in need as an extension of the Feeding America Backpack Program. For more than 15 years, this program has been helping children get the food they need outside of school.
In addition, in partnership with NFL Green, the Host Committee’s Sustainability Program presented by TECO launched a Community Greening Program which includes a dozen greening projects throughout the Tampa Bay community. Working with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Mosaic sponsored a community garden at the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay. The garden will provide herbs and vegetables which participants will utilize in their cooking lessons.
Partnerships with community organizations and national events like the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee are integral to Mosaic's approach to giving. They develop campaigns that support the Tampa Bay community, where we have significant operations and is home to The Mosaic Company headquarters. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is a cornerstone of how we do business. We are proud of our efforts and the impact we make.
*Images provided by the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee.
New Integrated Operations Center Officially Up and Running
NEXTGEN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATES FLORIDA OPERATIONS
January 22, 2021
What was a vision just a year ago, is now reality – the new Integrated Operations Center (IOC) at Mosaic’s FishHawk office is officially up and running. Designed to integrate operations remotely, the IOC accesses information from various operational systems allowing employees to make real-time, data-driven decisions about mining operations from a central location.
The IOC is just one part of Mosaic’s strategic priorities to improve profitability and competitiveness in the North America business by utilizing revolutionary NextGEN technology to impact how we operate. When fully connected with all of our mine sites, this center will serve as “mission control” for our Florida operations – helping us leverage new technology, empower our workforce, increase our competitiveness and find new ways to deliver on our commitment to safe, responsible operations.
Marking a major milestone in realizing the implementation of the IOC, the first of our sites recently came fully online with employees running field operations miles away from where the actual work is being completed.
“It’s taken a tremendous effort to get to where we are today, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President – Mining. “Integrating operations is a focus across our North America Business, and getting this IOC up and running gives us a glimpse of what’s possible. We’re all learning from each other as we work together to shape the future of our business.
The IOC included developing innovative systems to access and integrate our mine sites. One of the most exciting elements of these was the integration of Remote Operation Stations where operators use what look like modern video game consoles that provide improved functionality to support remote operations. The stations are fully adjustable and designed with ergonomics in mind – providing an innovative, safer, more efficient solution for our operators.
“When we were approached about this idea a while back, it seemed far-fetched. I thought to myself, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’” said Sean Brownlee, Hydraulic Operator. “Now I’m here – operating pits, some of which are 50 miles away, in what looks like a very high-tech gaming chair and from the comfort of an office. I’m enjoying it!”
Learn more about this innovative NextGEN technology here.
Mosaic Earns Recognition by IFA
HONOR REINFORCES ESG TARGETS
January 15, 2021
We are proud to be named as an International Fertilizer Association (IFA) Industry Stewardship Champion for the second year in a row. This recognition analyzes a company’s commitment to IFA’s 12 principles in safety, health, and environment. Launched by IFA in 2019, the initiative was created with the aim of rewarding companies that commit to achieving results in the promotion of excellence of its 12 principles.
Among the reasons Mosaic was awarded this industry recognition from IFA is our Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan facility’s maintenance of IFA’s Protect and Sustain certification. This certification reinforces our commitment to product stewardship, encompassing all aspects of our product life cycle, including the communication, research and development, and process improvements of our:
product development and planning
sourcing and contracting
supply chain to the customer
We are motivated and driven by continuous improvement and recognize Mosaic’s Belle Plaine facility’s contributions to our company’s ability to be more sustainable, efficient and safe.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INTENT OF THE TARGET AND HOW WE'LL GET THERE
January 8, 2021
In this video series, we’re sharing more about the intent of Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets and how we’ll get there. Acting Responsibly is a strategic priority for our employees and our company. This critical work helps Mosaic to maximize our positive impact on society.
This week, hear from Senior Disability and Wellness Specialist Shanna Ramm as she talks about one of our people targets: Implement worker wellness programs that enhance worker safety and health, engage employees in development opportunities, and promote inclusivity.
Gaining Momentum in Addressing Water Quality in North America
AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY IMPLEMENTING 4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP
December 17, 2020
Water is a critical natural resource for every living thing on this planet, and at Mosaic, we believe having access to safe and abundant water is also a human right. In 2020, we announced 13 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance Targets that layout the measurable progress we intend to make over the next five years. Several of our targets directly or indirectly support protecting and preserving water, including the goal to help farmers implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship on 25 million acres across North America.
As the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and crop nutrient products, Mosaic believes doing our part to educate society on fertilizer’s impact on water is our responsibility. Efforts by the wider agricultural community, including Mosaic, have built momentum around proper fertilizer use by demonstrating the importance of 4R Nutrient Stewardship and conservation practices—and it’s helping.
If applied improperly, nutrient runoff—primarily nitrogen and phosphorus—from fertilizer can enter our water ways and have negative impacts on its quality. The issue is dynamic and complex; however, society has the tools and knowledge to improve it. Water quality trends in the U.S. began deteriorating in the mid-1900s—until the Clean Water Act was passed in 1970. We still have a way to go, but recent trends in North America show promising results.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently published annual nutrient loads from the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River Basins. Nutrient loads, or runoff, in the Mississippi River basin change year to year, primarily driven by water, based on the amount and frequency of rainfall for a given year (see blue columns in Figure 1 and 2). The largest flooding event since 1927 for the Mississippi River Basin was observed in 2019, accounting for the large spike in water flow. This massive amount of water movement across the landscape resulted in some of the highest annual nutrient loads observed in the last forty years and caused the eighth largest dead zone recorded. Algal blooms and dead zone formations are complex and influenced by many factors, such as water temperature, water column mixing, and wind speed (wave movement). A changing climate is adding to the complexity.
In 2020, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted the dead zone to be slightly smaller than 2019 due to a 30 percent increase in nutrient loading over the forty-year average. However, it measured as the third smallest on record, contrary to projections.
These observed annual nutrient loads are highly influenced by seasonal changes and stream flow. Normalizing flow, called flow-normalization, accounts for observed water quality and seasonality of stream flows, thus providing more comparable analysis of water quality trends over time. When viewing the flow-normalized trend line for nitrogen, the observed trend has been decreasing in the region since 2008 (Figure 1- highlighted solid blue line). Phosphorus loads increased in the late 90s and early 2000s, but the flow-normalized trend has been slightly decreasing since 2013 (Figure 2- highlighted solid blue line). To reach the Hypoxia Task Force nutrient loss reduction goals of 45 percent by 2035 (see red line in Figure 1 and 2), more progress needs to occur.
Figure 1. USGS Annual Total Nitrogen Loads to the Gulf (updated to 2019). Nutrient loads normalized for flow accounts for observed water quality loads and seasonality of stream flows.
Figure 2. USGS Annual Total Phosphorus Loads to the Gulf. Nutrient loads normalized for flow accounts for observed water quality loads and seasonality of stream flows.
Recent Trends from several Corn Belt states:
Iowa’s recent Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report observed an estimated 18.5 percent reduction in phosphorus losses during a four year period compared to the Hypoxia Task Force baseline (1980-1996). This was in large part to practices that reduce soil conservation and improved nutrient management (4Rs). During the same four-year period, nitrogen loads increased by an estimated 5 percent, demonstrating that more progress is needed to meet the Gulf of Mexico’s Hypoxia Task Force goals of a 45 percent reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loads by 2035.
Illinois’s recent Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report found significant improvements in reducing phosphorus loads from point sources by 24 percent, however, river nutrient loading estimates compared to the baseline period increased over the same five year period (2013-2017).
In Minnesota, river monitoring sites recorded a 48 percent reduction in phosphorus loading over the last ten years, whereas, nitrogen loads have been increasing by as much as 37 percent.
Indiana’s recent report on progress towards its Nutrient Reduction Strategy stated since 2014, Indiana has reduced 8.2 million pounds of phosphorus and 16.6 million pounds of nitrogen within the watersheds that drain towards the Mississippi River Basin. Indiana is documenting Best Management Practices that have been adopted since 2013 to demonstrate the amount of nutrients reduced due to these practices on the landscape.
Managing fertilizer use under 4Rs, allows optimal control over farmers’ ability to support retainment of nutrients in the field. Without 4Rs, edge of field practices, cover crops and other conservation best practices, will not reach their full extent in reducing nutrient losses at the field edge. We believe that by diligently following these practices, water quality will improve and be sustained for generations to come.
Analyst Day: Focus on Our Responsibility and Grow and Strengthen Our Product Portfolio
THIRD OF FOUR SESSIONS DIGS DEEPER INTO OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
December 15, 2020
Recently, Joc O’Rourke, President and CEO, Ben Pratt, Senior Vice President- Government and Public Affairs, Walt Precourt, Senior Vice President – Strategy and Growth, and Jenny Wang, Vice President – Global Strategic Marketing, took part in the third of four virtual strategic sessions for analysts and investors. This series is a replacement for Mosaic’s traditional analyst day and provides a deeper look into each of our six strategic priorities. The third event focused on the strategic priorities “Grow and Strengthen Our Product Portfolio” and “Act Responsibly” which were presented by Walt and Ben, respectively. A replay of the webcast is available here.
“In the most basic sense, acting responsibly is about our license to operate,” Ben explained as he highlighted Mosaic’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance targets, “We have to be a good corporate citizen to continue to operate in the communities where we live and work.” Mosaic continues to lead the industry in sustainability and transparency efforts. In 2009, we were the first in the industry to publish sustainability disclosures and earlier this year Mosaic developed aggressive ESG performance targets focused on four main areas: People, Society, Environment, and Company.
Walt reinforced that our focus on soil health is a natural extension of Mosaic’s strong portfolio of crop nutrients. “As part of our strategy, we continue to evaluate new and enhanced products,” Walt explained, “In addition to building out our pipeline with internally supported work, we’ve signed agreements with innovative companies for licensing and co-development of the next generation of crop nutrition products.” Examples include the launch of Mosaic's Sus-TerraTM fertilizer and our newly announced partnership with BioConstoria. Walt summarized, “providing sustainable, balanced crop nutrition is what we do. We believe that growing our product portfolio with addition of complementary products—including biologicals—is a way to help both our customers and Mosaic be more profitable.”
The previous two chapters are available on the newly launched Investor website. The last session will be held on March 11, 2021 and will focus on “Optimize Operating Assets and Capital Management” with Joc O’Rourke and Clint Freeland, Senior Vice President and CFO.
Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets – Engage Suppliers and Service Providers Annually
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INTENT OF THE TARGET AND HOW WE'LL GET THERE
December 10, 2020
In this video series, we’re sharing more about the intent of Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets and how we’ll get there. Acting Responsibly is a strategic priority for our employees and our company. This critical work helps Mosaic to maximize our positive impact on society.
This week, hear from Corporate Services Manager Tiffany Davis and Director of Supply Chain Logistics Dave Finken as they talk about one of our society targets: Engage suppliers and service providers annually, representing 80% of Mosaic’s total North American procurement and supply chain expenditures, to assess their commitment to and performance in key ESG areas such as environment, diversity and human rights.
Mosaic Announces Agreement with BioConsortia to Collaborate on New Nitrogen-fixing Microbial Products
THE USE OF THE PRODUCTS AS PART OF A BALANCED CROP NUTRITION PLAN CAN HELP FARMERS OPTIMIZE THE USE OF THEIR FERTILIZER INPUTS AND IMPROVE PROFITABILITY
December 9, 2020
Today Mosaic announced an agreement with BioConsortia, Inc. to collaborate to develop and launch nitrogen-fixing microbial products to increase yields on corn, wheat and other major non-legume row crops.
The collaboration will use BioConsortia's patented Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process and other proprietary tools to develop the most robust and innovative microbials capable of colonizing a non-legume crop such as corn. The addition of robust nitrogen-fixing microbials uses the natural soil-plant process of nitrogen fixation, reducing the reliance on synthetic forms of nitrogen while still meeting the nutrient needs of the crop for its growth and development. The use of the products as part of a balanced crop nutrition plan can help farmers optimize the use of their fertilizer inputs and improve profitability.
"This collaboration, alongside the recent introduction of Mosaic's Sus-Terra fertilizer, is one of several steps we intend to take to build out a soil health portfolio," said Walt Precourt, Mosaic Senior Vice President-Strategy and Growth. "Our commitment to nutrient stewardship and providing advances in soil health make these products a natural extension of our ability to help Mosaic customers achieve their goals."
Under the agreement, Mosaic will have exclusive rights to the nitrogen-fixing technology in the Americas, initially focused on corn, wheat, cotton and sugarcane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INTENT OF THE TARGETS AND HOW WE'LL GET THERE
December 7, 2020
In this video series, we’re sharing more about the intent of Mosaic’s 2025 ESG Performance Targets and how we’ll get there. Acting Responsibly is a strategic priority for our employees and our company. This critical work helps Mosaic to maximize our positive impact on society.
This week, hear Director Performance Products Tom Fry and Senior Technical Sales Manager Sherry Koch as they talk about one of our society targets: Promote Mosaic’s performance products as part of an effort to increase crop yields and contribute to key agricultural outcomes: intensified productivity of agricultural lands; improved food security; and farmer prosperity. Achieve 30% performance product sales as a share of total production of phosphate and potash crop nutrient tonnes by 2025.
With just over a year to go until Esterhazy’s K3 mine is fully operational, work continues both above and below ground. This summer marked the completion of the continuous concrete slip-form pour to build the more than 300-foot tall south headframe, and this fall, work continued inside including install of the 65-ton overhead bridge crane that will be used for servicing the Koepe hoist. When the south shaft headframe is fully operational in the first quarter of 2022, it will double hoisting capacity at K3. More than a half of a mile underground, work continues on necessary infrastructure to ramp up production in the new year, including the addition of a sixth autonomous 4-rotor mining machine - cutting below, while being controlled from above. These activities will be monitored from a state-of-the-art Integrated Operations Center (IOC) which is part of Mosaic’s efforts to revolutionize operations by adding ‘NextGEN’ technology to our operations. Learn more about the progress in Esterhazy and these impressive milestones at K3.
Mosaic Fertilizantes Wins Agribusiness Awards in Fertilizer and Sustainability Categories
MOSAIC WAS THE FIRST FERTILIZER COMPANY TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD IN THE SUSTAINABILITY CATEGORY
December 1, 2020
Globo Rural Magazine recognized Mosaic Fertilizantes with two ‘Best of Agribusiness’ awards — one in the Fertilizer category and another in Sustainability. This was the first time a fertilizer company was selected to receive the Best of Agribusiness award in the Sustainability category.
Mosaic Fertilizantes was also named to Brasil Mineral Magazine’s list of Companies of the Year within the Mineral Sector.
The team attributes these prestigious awards to our employees, customers, suppliers and communities — as well as our ESG Performance Targets and framework that holds us accountable for achieving measurable progress in our focus areas of people, environment, society and company.
In an interview with Globo Rural Magazine, SVP Mosaic Fertilizantes Corrine Ricard praised our innovative products that help farmers improve yields while strengthening the soil, technology improvements and our adaptability in serving farmers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are very proud to be alongside other important agribusiness and mining companies in awards that recognize our business and its contribution to Brazil and the planet. In our company, we work to constantly improve the way we do business, strengthening our vocation to produce the food that the world needs and generating value for all our stakeholders,” said Corrine Ricard.
Congratulations to the Mosaic Fertilizantes team!
U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Finding That Phosphate Fertilizer Imports from Morocco and Russia Benefit from Countervailable Subsidies
WE WELCOME THE CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE OUR VALUE AND TODAY'S FINDING BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE VIGOROUS COMPETITION AND FAIR TRADE WE EXPECT
November 24, 2020
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that it preliminarily found that phosphate fertilizer imports from Morocco and Russia benefit from countervailable subsidies. Commerce calculated a subsidy rate of 23.46 percent for Moroccan producer OCP. In the Russia investigation, Commerce calculated rates of 20.94 percent and 72.5 percent for the PhosAgro and EuroChem respondent entities, respectively, and a rate of 32.92 percent for all other producers/exporters.
U.S. law provides remedies to American manufacturers against unfair and injurious foreign trade practices. Today’s ruling addresses countervailing duty petitions filed by The Mosaic Company on behalf of the U.S. phosphate industry to address government subsidies in Morocco and Russia that give their phosphate producers unfair cost advantages. These practices are causing significant harm to Mosaic’s operations and putting American farmers at risk for long-term dependence on foreign suppliers to meet critical crop nutrient needs.
Mosaic provides high quality, responsibly produced and competitively-priced products to its customers. We welcome the chance to demonstrate our value and fight fairly for every sale we make. However, we have not been operating on a level playing field in the U.S. market for years. Today’s finding brings us one step closer to the vigorous competition and fair trade we expect.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Honors Mosaic
CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY AWARDS RECOGNIZE SASKATCHEWAN AND LOUISIANA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
November 16, 2020
At Mosaic, we strive to be a thoughtful and engaged neighbor in the communities where we operate – and where our employees work and live. These contributions were recently recognized in two of our operating areas – Saskatchewan and Louisiana – where Mosaic received National Philanthropy Day® Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) South Saskatchewan and Greater Baton Rouge chapters.
In Saskatchewan, Mosaic was nominated by Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) in the category of “Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist.” According to Lisa Green, Vice President, Development at HRF, Mosaic was selected for “demonstrating outstanding commitment through support, encouragement, and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.”
Mosaic’s funding history with HRF began in 2006 with a $2 million donation to the Mosaic Heart Center, a cardiac care Center of Excellence housed at Regina General Hospital. In 2019, Mosaic extended its commitment to HRF, pledging to match community donations up to $1 million through the Foundation’s Cardiac Care Campaign. Over $2 million was raised to help ensure ongoing access to life-saving equipment and exceptional care by medical teams and cardiac patients across Saskatchewan.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (GBRFB) nominated Mosaic for the “Outstanding Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy Award,” which is given to companies that demonstrate outstanding long-term financial support of one or more charitable causes. In addition to funding support, awardees also are recognized for their commitment to employee volunteerism.
Mosaic has a long history of investing in the GBRFB, beginning several years ago with donations to the GBRFB’s vehicle fleet, allowing the organization to bring fresh produce to rural areas in the region. Additionally, Louisiana employees volunteer at mobile food distributions and sort donations at the GBRFB’s warehouse.
National Philanthropy Day (NPD), which occurs annually on November 15, was created to celebrate the charitable impact that volunteers, corporations, foundations and others make in their local communities.
Honoring Veterans Day by Giving Back
MOSAIC VOLUNTEERS PARTNER WITH VETERANS THROUGH ACP
November 11, 2020
Supporting our communities remains a top priority at Mosaic. The pandemic has forced us to think differently about how we support our local communities. Virtual volunteering is a great option to give back while practicing social distancing. One program that has continued and thrived during these unprecedented times is Mosaic’s partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP).
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping U.S. veterans transition to the private sector through one-on-one mentoring with business leaders. With the help of corporate professionals, ACP’s mentoring program gives veterans tools to develop their careers after they leave service.
“Navigating the change from military to civilian life can be difficult, and it is important that we help veterans who have committed so much to our country as they look for and move into new career opportunities,” Sarah Sorenson, Mosaic Senior Corporate Environmental Counsel, explained on why she became a mentor last year. Mentoring a veteran throughout the pandemic, Sarah also says that the process hasn’t changed as they use video conferencing to continue their work. “If you are interested in mentoring, don’t let the time commitment dissuade you. ACP encourages you and your protégé to connect on a monthly basis, and ACP staff are available to provide support and career resources.”
Military service is not required, in fact, corporate experience and a desire to help others is all that is needed to be paired with a veteran. Mentors and veterans spend an hour a month together by phone, email or video conference over the course of a year.
Leonard Simmons, Director of Business Analytics–Mosaic, has been a mentor with ACP for the last two years but has taken part in various coaching programs for more than 20 years. “We can rarely find something as rewarding as sharing our experiences in a meaningful way to ignite relevant conversations that truly benefits someone else while growing a bit yourself,” Leonard says of the rewarding aspects of mentorship, “I would absolutely suggest participating as a mentor.”
Want to know more? Visit MosaicFloridaPhosphate.com to hear from Gary Doyen, Mosaic EHS Training Specialist, on his transition from military to civilian life, and why it led to volunteering.
Corporations interested in signing up to become a partner can visit https://www.acp-usa.org/ or contact ACP’s Ian Weissman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-752-0700.