Excerpt from The Andersons’ 2021 Sustainability Review and letter by The Andersons CEO, Pat Bowe
Last year, The Andersons published its first-ever Sustainability Review. It was exciting to share it as part of an ongoing dialogue with our customers and key partners in the ag supply chain. The publication successfully communicated the actions we are taking on a wide variety of issues and how we are participating in the important conversation on sustainability.
Stay tuned for Earth Day 2022 when The Andersons will publish its next review. Humble beginnings for sure, but from humble beginnings come great things.
4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP
The Andersons has been and continues to be an active participant and partner of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program. The 4R's provide a fertilizer application framework focused on using the Right Source of nutrients at the Right Rate, at the Right Time and in the Right Place, maximizing crop uptake of nutrients while minimizing nutrient loss.
The Andersons was part of the committee who developed the program criteria in early 2014 with the objective to create long-term positive impacts on water bodies associated with agricultural production areas, to share the most up-to-date information about responsible nutrient stewardship with dealers and growers, and to help the agriculture sector adapt to new research and technology in the area of nutrient stewardship.
The Company has been focused not only on certifying our own farm center facilities, but also worked as an advocate encouraging other retail customers obtain certification by assisting in training and offering financial support. The current program is directly focused on the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) but is actively growing to include Ontario, Indiana, Florida and Iowa. Audits are conducted annually with a defined scope based on audit year, and a full audit scope of 45 different elements is completed every third year.
Currently, The Andersons has five 4R certified retail farm centers and has helped numerous external retail customers obtain 4R certification.
The Andersons has also been aligned and active with the ResponsibleAg organization. ResponsibleAg is an industry-led stewardship organization promoting public welfare by assisting agribusinesses as they seek to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules.