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Human Dignity Expectations for FMC Corporation's Suppliers

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

Conflict Minerals – FMC’s Compliance to Dodd-Frank Act




Human Dignity Expectations for FMC Corporation's Suppliers

FMC is committed to conducting our business in an ethical and responsible manner that supports and respects the protection of human rights.  We will work to identify and do business with suppliers who aspire to conduct their business in a similar manner. Accordingly, FMC expects our business partners to embrace values and standards similar to those listed below:

  • FMC strives to treat all employees with respect.  FMC refrains from using corporal punishment, violence or threats of violence or other forms of physical coercion or harassment.
  • FMC will not work with suppliers who use forced or involuntary labor of any type and FMC will not tolerate the trafficking or involuntary servitude of any worker. 
     
    FMC opposes the exploitation and endangerment of children.  FMC encourages the protection of children from work that is dangerous or that might harm their health or their education.  The term “child” refers to any individual under the minimum age for employment established by law in the jurisdiction where the work is performed. 
  • FMC expects that its suppliers will not discriminate in their hiring and employment practices on grounds of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, disability or other factors as mandated by applicable law.

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.

In early 2011, FMC formed a Global Procurement organization to oversee the sourcing of goods, materials and services for FMC on a worldwide basis. This new Global Procurement organization has the responsibility to qualify and manage FMC’s suppliers and to address potential risks in FMC’s supply chain. FMC’s Global Procurement organization is implementing a supplier selection and approval process (“Supplier Selection Process”) which began in the 3rd Quarter of 2012 and includes the introduction of our Supplier Code of Conduct which is available on our FMC website using the following link: Supplier Code of Conduct.

This Supplier Selection Process sets forth FMC’s plans to qualify all suppliers prior to engaging in business with such suppliers, and includes specific processes to ensure that FMC is doing everything in its power to eradicate human trafficking and slavery in its supply chain.

The Supplier Selection Process is consistent with FMC’s position on supporting and respecting the protection of human dignity around the world. Accordingly, FMC includes a formal process as part of its Supplier Selection Process that establishes standards for its suppliers in the areas of labor and human resources, environmental, health and safety and supplied materials. These standards apply to the selection and retention of suppliers that provide goods or services to FMC worldwide and establishes a framework that FMC considers important to a safe and healthy workplace, and to the maintenance of fair and reasonable labor and human resources practices (including slavery and human trafficking).

FMC began worldwide training on the Supplier Selection Process for its Global Procurement team to ensure that the team understands the importance of the Supplier Selection Process and only engages with suppliers who are qualified and approved in accordance with this process.

Conflict Minerals – FMC’s Compliance to Dodd-Frank Act

FMC is developing a comprehensive compliance program in regards to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which will require FMC to report on any sourcing of conflict minerals that could come from the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding areas.  After a preliminary investigation, FMC does not believe that it sources any conflict minerals from the areas of interest in Africa for incorporation into FMC products.”  As part of this program, FMC has already implemented a global supplier selection and approval process whereby we prequalify all new direct material suppliers.  During the qualification process, we gather relevant sourcing information from our direct material suppliers to determine whether they source any materials from the DRC and surrounding areas.   This, together with additional changes we plan to make in our manufacturing and procurement practices will ensure that we will comply with the requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act. 

If you have any questions about this process, contact Inez Curry (Inez.curry@fmc.com) or Anita Nolan (anita.nolan@fmc.com) in the FMC Global Procurement Group. 

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