How we address the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a common and necessary roadmap for the business sector. By integrating sustainability in strategies, we explore business opportunities that help create a better future for people and the planet, and prosperity for all.

Yara is a company driven by knowledge, science, and a strong sense of purpose. We aim to build long-term value while delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We were actively engaged in the development and promotion of SDGs, which together with the Paris agreement form part of the framework for our long-term value creation.

All 17 goals are relevant to our activities, but some are more material than others. Our knowledge, products and solutions make us particularly well positioned to help improve agricultural productivity. This in turn supports food security and farmer profitability, and reduces pressure on resources and the environment.

Learn more about how our corporate KPIs correspond with the SDGs in the Latest annual report page.

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Growth in agriculture is more effective in reducing poverty than growth in other sectors, becoming a vehicle for rural growth. This is a cornerstone of our engagement towards smallholders, not least in Africa.

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Yara’s mission is to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Our knowledge and solutions contribute to food security, helping to feed 262 million people in 2020. Partnerships and digital solutions are key in reaching out to smallholder farmers.

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Ensuring a safe working environment is a top priority in Yara, and we provide health services to the majority of our employees. Our Environmental Solutions help reduce harmful emissions, while our own performance on emissions is guided by the precautionary approach in the HESQ Policy.

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To deliver on Yara’s strategic goals and objectives, upskilling and reskilling employees are prioritized to develop the competencies needed for the future. The topic of diversity and inclusion is firmly anchored in our business strategy, and we are committed to promoting equal opportunities.

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Yara is committed to promoting equal opportunities and has set a corporate KPI for women in senior management positions. Our target is to close the gender pay gap and to increase the overall share of women in Yara.

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Water-use efficiency is a key topic on our R&D activities, which includes research to increase nutrient use efficiency and minimize loss of nutrients to waterways. The Yara Water Solution helps managing farms’ water and fertilizer needs under water-scarce conditions.

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We are working systematically to increase energy efficiency in production, also as part of our GHG reduction program with a 2025 KPI. On average our ammonia plants perform better than the world average, and our clean ammonia business can help enable the hydrogen economy.

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Yara is committed to respecting internationally recognized labor and human rights throughout our own operations and in our supply chain. We subscribe to the principles of sustainable agriculture and support job creation and inclusive growth in agricultural value chains.

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Yara’s innovation efforts include developing green ammonia projects and digital solutions. Through value chain partnerships we help farmers, not least in Sub-Saharan Africa, get access to credit, knowledge, input, infrastructure and well-functioning markets.

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Yara collaborates with public and private partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support sustainable intensification of agriculture and inclusive growth in rural communities. Our commitment to respecting labor and human rights includes our supply chain.

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Yara’s environmental solutions reduces harmful emissions to air from transport and industrial applications, and helps control odor from the toxic gas H2S.

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Yara’s Farming Solutions support higher agricultural productivity and improved resource use in agriculture, particularly of land, water and nutrients. We have launched Yara Nature, a new brand of fertilizers based on recycled nutrients, and the Agoro carbon marketplace.

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Yara has a leading industry position on greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement and climate-smart agriculture. We have cut our GHG emissions by half since 2004, can support reduced carbon footprints of crops, and we have several green ammonia projects being developed. Our ambition is to be climate neutral by 2050.

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Yara promotes Precision Farming, which includes research on how to improve nutrient use efficiency in agriculture – also preventing losses from the field to the air and waterways.

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The demand for more food can be met on existing farmland. Our crop nutrition solutions and knowledge can help realize higher yields, which will be necessary to halt land degradation and land use change.

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Yara is dedicated to responsible business conduct throughout our operations and activities. Our Compliance Program is designed to prevent corruption and human rights abuses and to promote a culture in which these matters are difficult to perpetrate.

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Partnering for the goals is embedded into Yara’s business strategy. We engage extensively in dialogues related to major global challenges and international policymaking. By embracing sustainable business models, global business can thrive while at the same time contributing to more inclusive societies.


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Here's how we performed in 2020

At Yara, we manage and measure our performance around the three pillars People, Planet, and Prosperity – and report accordingly. Our Sustainability Report 2020 provides details about our performance and governance of key sustainability topics.

Go to the Latest Sustainability Report page