Yara believes the private sector has a great responsibility to help deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The adoption of the SDGs in 2015 coincided with Yara’s first materiality assessment. We had already oriented our strategy towards creating shared value, and the SDGs were a natural benchmark for identifying societal impact.

Since then, sustainability has been embedded and integrated into Yara’s strategy. We firmly believe that our knowledge and purpose give us a competitive advantage in a market that values sustainable development.

Our 2021 materiality update is the basis for our SDG impact assessment. While we see all 17 SDGs as relevant to Yara, we have highlighted the ones where we believe we have the greatest potential to enhance positive and mitigate negative impacts on society.

UN SDGs at the core of our business

Sustainable development goal Impact Yara KPI Supporting initiative Linked to material topics
We envision a world without hunger. This can be supported by sustainable intensification of agriculture, as well as the development of more fair and resilient food systems. Yara’s products help grow enough nutritious food to feed 289 million people, our 800+ agronomists support farmers around the world to improve yields and quality, and our many region-specific projects and strengthen local and regional food systems.
  • Active hectares under digital management
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Finished fertilizer production
  • Action Africa
  • Farm to Market Alliance
  • Helping communities in Brazil
  • Precision farming tools
  • Socioeconomic impacts on communities
  • Digitalization
  • Profitability
Women make up almost half of all farmers globally, yet they face gender-specific obstacles like access to land and resources. Empowering female farmers would both improve gender equality globally and significantly contribute to food security. Gender equality is also a priority within Yara. The chemical industry has traditionally been a field dominated by men, and we currently work to recruit more women in general and more female senior managers in particular.
  • Female senior managers
  • Diversity & inclusion index
  • Women in Agronomy
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion program
  • Work-Life Balance and Wellbeing Framework
  • Leadership and employee enablement
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Health and well-being at work
Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of freshwater use worldwide (FAO, 2017). Greater food demand, driven by a rising world population, will put further strain on water resources. Yara contributes to improving water management through precision farming technology, fertigation, and best practice crop nutrition management knowledge.
  • Active hectares under digital management
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Farm Water Advisor
  • Farm Weather App
  • Fertilizer and biostimulants for increased water uptake
  • Sustainable farm management
  • Water management in production
  • Protection of ecosystems
The world needs a clean energy transition fast. Clean ammonia and hydrogen are two possible future clean fuels. As a global leader in ammonia production for fertilizer, with many partnerships and projects underway globally, we are well positioned to support a clean energy future in both shipping and food production.
  • Energy efficiency
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Yara Clean Ammonia unit
  • Clean Hydrogen Pledge
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Opportunities in clean tech
  • Energy
  • Profitability
Yara works to be an attractive employer that ensures decent work, fair pay, andbenefits. Yara values the work-life balance of its employees and works closely with unions. The health and safety of employees is our no 1 priority, and we set high goals for ourselves at an already industry-leading level. In addition, Yara has an
important role to play to ensure that agriculture provides sufficient financial reward for farmers and rural communities.
  • Strive towards zero accidents
  • Diversity & inclusion index
  • Female senior managers
  • Active hectares under digital management
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Revenues from online sales
  • Work-Life Balance and Wellbeing Framework
  • Safe by Choice
  • Annual Health & Safety Day
  • Action Africa
  • Farm to Market Alliance
  • Living Wage project
  • Occupational and process safety
  • Human rights and labor practice
  • Health and well-being at work
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Sustainable finance
As a large industrial company committed to developing a culture of entrepreneurship, Yara wants to take a leading role in demonstrating that the industry is integral to developing the technology and solutions needed for a green transition. Innovation is part of our DNA, and through innovative technology and new partnerships, we are taking steps to enable the hydrogen economy, fossil-free food production, and nature-positive farming practices.
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Carbon marketplace
  • Ammonia production
  • Finished fertilizer production
  • Revenues from online sales
  • Yara Clean Ammonia
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Precision farming tools
  • Yara Growth Ventures
  • Entrepreneurship and agility
  • Profitability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Opportunities in clean tech
A diverse and inclusive work environment in which employees feel valued for their unique contributions and feel safe to speak up benefits our business and innovation and supports social and economic equality. While we have had gender diversity on our leaders’ agenda for quite a few years, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is now firmly anchored in Yara’s strategy.
  • Engagement index
  • Diversity & inclusion index
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion program
  • Global Diversity and Inclusion Day
  • Women in Agronomy
  • Black Talent Initiative
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Leadership and employee enablement
  • Socioeconomic impacts on communities
We have more mouths to feed, limited land to farm and fewer resources to draw upon, which makes it critical to develop more sustainable consumption and production patterns. Yara works to reduce food waste through improved nutrient balance in food and improved market access for farmers, and to recycle non-renewable nutrients in our production.
  • Carbon marketplace
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable Procurement Policy
  • Circularity
  • Profitability
  • Regulatory change and compliance
  • Opportunities in clean tech
Climate change is the greatest global challenge we face and a serious threat to agricultural productivity in many parts of the world. We are contributing along two main avenues: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations, and offering and exploring new, sustainable solutions for farmers, food companies, and the hydrogen economy. Environmental performance is a vital part of our license to operate.
  • Energy efficiency
  • GHG emissions intensity
  • GHG emissions, scope 1+2
  • Active hectares under digital management Carbon marketplace
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Agoro Carbon Alliance
  • Climate Scenario Analysis
  • Climate Neutral by 2050
  • Science Based Targets
  • GHG 2025 program
  • Climate change
  • Opportunities in clean tech
  • Sustainable finance
  • Regulatory change and compliance
  • Sustainable farm management
  • Energy
  • Digitalization
  • Profitability
Use of fertilizer – of both mineral and organic origin – comes with a risk of runoff, leaching or volatilization, which can cause eutrophication of waterways, or even dead zones in lakes or coastal waters. Yara provides agronomic advice for balanced crop nutrition, precision farming tools and digital solutions to enhance the efficiency of crop nutrition. This in turn helps to mitigate risk of nutrient pollution.
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Active hectares under digital management
  • Atfarm
  • Precision farming tools
  • Opportunities in clean tech
  • Sustainable farm management
We are aware of our contributions – and limitations. We cannot solve global challenges in isolation and strongly advocate more cross-sectoral and innovative partnerships. We collaborate with a large number of governmental agencies, private companies and organizations to facilitate knowledge sharing and sustainable development.
  • Revenues from new business models
  • Carbon marketplace
  • Active hectares under digital management
  • Clean Hydrogen Pledge
  • Farm to market alliance
  • Lantmännen
  • Nestlé
  • Volcafe
  • Opportunities in clean tech
  • Circularity
  • Digitalization
  • Profitability