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Agriculture

Product stewardship, a life-cycle approach

Stewardship is a life-cycle approach to product management. It is the ethical way to manage crop protection products from their discovery and development, to their use and final disposal.

Two farmers in a vineyard

A shared responsibility

Ultimately, product stewardship is a shared responsibility. It calls on all of us in the product lifecycle – research and development, production, transport, farmers and disposers – to behave ethically and work together to support health and safety as well as reducing waste and other environmental impacts.

An integral part of our daily work

Each and every one of our employees along with farmers and others in the supply chain has a responsibility to make health, safety and environmental protection an integral part of their daily work.

Product stewardship informs our decision-making

Every day, we make decisions, guided by the principle of maximizing benefits and minimizing risk to human health and the environment. We constantly refine our processes in order to make the most efficient decisions early on – from research and development, to production to the farmer’s use and the final disposal of product packaging.

Safety to the forefront

We promise to never compromise on safety. We will continue to reach out to those, both within our industry and to farmers to share best practice. We will continue to invest in farmer training. We will continue to lead and shape the debate on sustainable agriculture. We will move forward together.

 

The life cycle of a crop protection product:

Research & Development: getting it right at the start

The aim of our Research and Development is to develop new active ingredients and products and to improve the efficacy and safety of older ones using better formulations, packaging and delivery. Technology advances focus on meeting sustainable development objectives as well as improving crop yields. We work to develop products that are biologically efficient, environmentally sound, user friendly and economically viable. This all requires considerable effort and investment and time for development and testing.

Let’s move something

How we ensure sustainable development.