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Responsible Sourcing

FMC works to identify and do business with Suppliers who aspire to conduct their business in an ethical and responsible manner that supports and respects the protection of Responsible Sourcing.

FMC’s Rigorous Supply Chain Management

FMC’s Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB657)

FMC's Conflict Minerals Statement

 

FMC’s Rigorous Supply Chain Management

Because the suppliers we work with are vital to ensuring a responsible supply chain, FMC has a formal Supplier Selection and Approval Process. It involves screening of all new significant contractors and raw material suppliers for their adherence to quality, safety, human rights standards, and sustainability. FMC believes this program is vital to our ability to manage and mitigate supplier risk. Compliance (or not) to this process is tracked and reported. Today, FMC surpassed its initial 2016 goal of 98% compliance and has reached 100% in 2019. Annual Supplier Selection and Approval Process training is provided to Global Procurement.

What does FMC expect of our Raw Material Suppliers? 

We require all new raw material suppliers to complete a “Supplier Prequalification Form”, including question on Safety and Health, Quality Management Systems, REACH, Transportation Safety/CTPAT, Responsible Care, Responsible Sourcing, Sustainability, and Financial Health and agree to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct.  FMC then ranks the responses. If the supplier does not meet our requirements, risk mitigation tactics are put in place or we locate another source of supply. From these questionnaires, key performance indicators, such as the number of new raw material suppliers who have a Quality/Environmental Management System (ISO 14001/9001), a Responsible Sourcing policy, a Sustainability program, and a Responsible Care program, are collected and reported.

FMC’s supplier risk management program also includes the screening of suppliers for export compliance (prohibited parties, embargoes and trade sanctions) under the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. Additionally, in accordance with our Conflict Mineral Sourcing Policy, we screen all raw materials to determine if they contained any tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold (3TGs) and determined that they were free of 3TGs.
Given the large number of suppliers with whom we work, we partnered with Sedex, a not for profit risk management membership organization, to assist in assessing and auditing our global significant raw material suppliers. FMC has also partnered with Avetta, who qualifies and annually requalifies are significant Contractors. Avetta is implemented in the United States with plans to expand into our other regions in 2020.


FMC’s Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB657) 

On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect, requiring retailers and manufacturers above a certain size doing business in California to disclose measures used to track possible slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. The disclosure is aimed at providing information to consumers, allowing them to make better, more informed choices about products they buy and the companies they support. 

FMC Corporation is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity and complying with all applicable laws and to operate its business in an ethical, sustainable and safe manner. 

Through the FMC Code of Ethics and the Supplier Code of Conduct, FMC requires its employees, contractors, and suppliers to share these same high standards. 

FMC’s efforts to support the dignity of all workers include: 

  • A contractual commitment by its suppliers to affirmatively abide by the Supplier Code of Conduct, including the principle of freely chosen employment. 
  • A supplier pre-qualification process that requires suppliers to certify that the materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries where they are doing business. 
  • Training of procurement personnel on the Supplier Code of Conduct 
  • Employee training on protecting human rights in the supply chain. 

FMC reserves the right to assess and monitor suppliers’ compliance with these requirements as needed. 

The Global Procurement Group oversees the supplier qualification process and regularly evaluates and updates its procedures and processes in order to maintain these high standards in an ever changing and evolving world.


FMC’s Conflict Minerals Statement

FMC Corporation and its subsidiaries (“FMC”) are committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values regarding respect for human rights, integrity and environmental responsibility.  FMC is committed with complying to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which aims to prevent the use of minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or in adjoining countries (“conflict minerals”).  

Suppliers to FMC are required to commit to being or becoming “conflict-free” (which means that such supplier does not source conflict minerals) and sources only from conflict-free smelters.  Supplier’s to FMC that are providing 3TG’s are required to provide completed EICC-GeSI declarations evidencing such supplier’s commitment to becoming conflict-free and documenting countries of origin for the tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold that it purchases. 

For more information on FMC’s conflict minerals program contact Inez Curry, Director – Procurement Center of Excellence @ inez.curry@fmc.com