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2020 Sustainability Review 


Excerpt from The Andersons’ 2020 Sustainability Review and letter by The Andersons CEO, Pat Bowe

For over 70 years, The Andersons has been a key part of the agricultural supply chain and has served our customers and the communities that we call home. Through our portfolio of businesses in trade, ethanol, plant nutrients and rail, we help our customers grow and market the crops that sustain us, and we help transport the resulting products to end markets for consumption as food, feed and fuel. We have long recognized that operating sustainably is essential to achieving our vision of being the most nimble and innovative North American ag supply chain company.

The Andersons plays a key role in feeding the ever-growing world population. We provide growers with critical products and services for their fields, so they can apply just the right amount and the right types of nutrients. As a result, they can grow healthy and abundant crops, while still protecting the environment.

Learn more about The Andersons and the ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in our 2020 Sustainability Review.


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.

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