Nutrien Grows Global Sustainability With UNDRIP
The United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
With over 22,000 employees – and operations and investments in 14 countries – Nutrien produces and distributes over 25 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products for customers world-wide. Combined with the company’s leading agriculture retail network, they are well positioned to meet the needs of a growing world and create value for stakeholders.
Building and maintaining meaningful relationships with Indigenous businesses and communities is key to global sustainability and a priority for Nutrien. The company plays an important role in increasing opportunities for Indigenous people by honouring and observing the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Adopted in 2007, UNDRIP is a framework for the establishment and maintenance of mutually respectful relationships with universal standards for the survival, dignity and well- being of Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report’s first principle of reconciliation confirms that UNDRIP is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.
“Nutrien acknowledges, respects and honours the rights of Indigenous people and communities,” says Lisa Mooney, Nutrien Global Lead, Sustainability and Strategic Inclusion. “Our commitment to meaningful relationships includes growing a representative workforce across all job categories including leadership positions and creating supply chain opportunities for Indigenous people and communities through engaging in respectful, mutually beneficial ways
“We also place a high priority on providing Indigenous awareness education across the company that helps staff and stakeholders understand our shared history and responsibility for reconciliation.”
As part of Nutrien’s commitment to operational excellence, they work with exceptional partners and suppliers that are creating positive impacts for Indigenous people and communities. The company encourages and supports their network by sharing tools and lessons learned to nurture inclusive and innovative Indigenous relationships, including how to respect UNDRIP in the mining industry.
Nutrien expects 100% of its contracted potash suppliers to develop strategies that reflect their capabilities and values, while maximizing opportunity for Indigenous people and communities.
Growing our future together
Respecting Indigenous peoples’ rights requires countries to adopt participatory approaches to Indigenous issues including effective consultation and the building of partnerships. It is the government’s role to protect and fulfill the rights of Indigenous peoples confirmed by UNDRIP.
In December 2020, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to implement the Declaration. If passed by Parliament, the legislation will provide a roadmap for government, industry and Indigenous peoples to work together implementing the Declaration.
While awaiting legislation, companies have the opportunity to take proactive, collaborative measures to observe UNDRIP in their business practices. Many companies, including Nutrien, are already responding to the TRC Calls to Action.
“Our commitment to supporting growers across the globe includes supporting the people and communities where we operate,” shares Candace Laing, Nutrien Vice President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations. “UNDRIP presents the opportunity for Indigenous people and industry to work together in moving the world forward – today and for generations to come.”
Ethics, integrity and respect for human rights enable Nutrien to grow our world from the ground up.