As you are likely aware, FMC Corporation entered into a definitive agreement last year to acquire Cheminova A/S, a premier crop protection company headquartered in Denmark. We received all necessary regulatory approvals and closed the acquisition on April 21, 2015. All of us at FMC and Cheminova are excited about the many opportunities this combination will bring to customers and partners around the world. Click here to read more.
FMC Expands Partnership with Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange)
FMC Global Procurement has partnered with Sedex, a not for profit risk management membership organization. Sedex will help us assess and audit our current strategic raw material suppliers in Corporate Social Responsibility (business integrity, labor, health & safety and environment) - replacing our current manual paper process. FMC will begin with a pilot and soon reach out to 19% of our chemical suppliers who are already members and ask them to “link” to FMC. One of the key benefits of a Sedex membership is that these suppliers will be able to share their current assessment/audit information with FMC. This will ease the burden on our suppliers facing multiple audits, questionnaires and certifications. If we have a successful pilot, the next step will be to ask the non-members to join and complete the self assessment questionnaire and possibly an audit.
FMC Corporate has been a Sedex member for 3 years. We joined at the request of our Health & Nutrition customers. We currently have 4 sites that have or are completing the required Sedex assessment and audits. We now want to be both a Customer and a Buyer on the Sedex platform.
FMC to Expand Avetta (formerly PICS) to Other Regions
In 2017, FMC will begin to expand Avetta, our 3rd party program to qualify significant Contractors, into the other global regions, including Europe, Latin America, and Asia. This qualification process emphasizes a safety analysis that helps FMC ensure that our contractors maintain the same safety standards as FMC-owned sites. The qualification also includes questions on sustainability, responsible sourcing and agreeing to comply with FMC’s Supplier Code of Conduct. The system uses “flag” colors (red, yellow, green) to identify compliance or not to meeting FMC’s requirements. A variance request process is followed for non-compliances. If necessary, corrective action plans are put in place or another contractor will be on boarded. Until the Avetta program is implemented, the other global regions will continue to qualify their contractors using a manual process.
SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Amendment Effective July 1, 2016
To our suppliers who move shipments over the ocean
SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) amendment covering container weighing regulations went into effect July 1, 2016 affecting all shipments moving over the ocean. This new regulation was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase maritime safety and reduce the dangers to cargo, containers, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain. The regulation requires that a packed container will only be allowed to be loaded on board a vessel if the Verified Gross Mass (VGM), the weight of the cargo, dunnage and bracing plus the tare weight of the container carrying this cargo, has been provided by the supplier/shipper to the port terminal prior to the container arriving at the port for export. As the supplier and shipper, it will be your responsibility to ensure you provide the VGM information to the steamship line and the port of export before the loaded container is delivered to FMC.
Please visit http://www.imo.org/en/Pages/Default.aspx to learn more about this new regulation.