Membership is Valuable


IFA provides a framework for collaboration within the fertilizer value chain on areas of common interest, platforms to discuss the complex issues facing the sector today and a structure for agreeing common positions and joint actions.

IFA members are expected to support the Association's positions, to be actively involved in IFA activities, to comply with competition law compliance, business ethics and copyright policy.


 



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An Introduction to IFA



Benefits and Responsabilities

Statistics & market intelligence


Authoritative, comprehensive information about the industry and fertilizer markets is the basis of robust competition on the open market, trade and appropriate policies. The information provided through IFA’s statistics and analyses are critical for the industry and policymakers alike.

Statistics
Nearly fifty statistical reports produced by IFA every year are reserved exclusively for members in good standing. These include quarterly and annual figures on production and international trade, as well as annual global capacity and fertilizer demand data.

Reports on policy and market developments
During the year, the Secretariat produces a number of documents to inform members of global policy and market developments. These include outlook reports on fertilizer supply and demand, updates on regional developments, issues management surveys and production capacity reports. 

 

Business networking


Peer-to-peer contacts remain fundamentally important for the industry’s business operations and robust competition. Networking also facilitates the exchange of best practices to drive improved performance. IFA provides open forums for networking and the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Conferences reserved for members 
Most of the events organized by IFA are reserved strictly for members, including the Annual Conference, the largest event of the world fertilizer industry. IFA conferences offer opportunities to interact with colleagues from across the globe. Committee and working group meetings are often held in conjunction with these conferences. IFA events are scheduled in varying locations across all world regions in order to accommodate the global membership.

Committees, task forces and working groups
IFA members have the opportunity to participate in the Association's committees, task forces and working groups, where they can receive the latest information on areas of interest, have the opportunity to suggest new topics and assist in drafting the common positions adopted by the Association.

IFA also participates in the International Agri-Food Network that groups global trade associations from across the food value chain.

Company visibility
Participation in IFA activities offers the possibility for a member company to raise its profile and improve its public image. Such opportunities include assuming a leadership position within IFA, hosting an IFA event or supporting other activities. 


International engagement 


International institutions and initiatives address issues that can directly or indirectly pertain to fertilizer production, distribution and use.  IFA engages with relevant agricultural, scientific and policy forums and stakeholders to gain insight into diverse viewpoints and to share the industry’s perspectives. 

IFA has consultative status with various agencies of the United Nations (UN), including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Association also interacts with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Issues management and policy guidance
Economic impacts, government regulations and societal expectations are just some of the issues confronting fertilizer companies worldwide. IFA helps companies follow developments and form appropriate responses. At the same time, members can raise issues within the framework of IFA's working bodies to seek guidance, cooperation with colleagues or the pooling of resources through the Association.

IFA helps to coordinate the activities of regional and national fertilizer associations in order to optimize the use of industry resources. IFA acts as a communications hub and represents the industry to relevant international bodies.


Benchmarking & best practices 


Continuous improvement is critical for the sustainable production, distribution and use of fertilizers. IFA is uniquely placed to promote best practices throughout the fertilizer value chain and to foster improvement in the industry’s own performance through benchmarking.
In order to help members improve their environmental and social performances in a reportable and verifiable framework, the Association carries out several benchmarking exercises on safety, health and environmental indicators. These allow companies to plot their own improvements and to compare their performances against their peers. 

Technical information
Through numerous meetings, reports and publications, members can follow technical advances in fertilizer production. This information also includes related topics, such as environmental and social issues.

Best practices
Through various channels, IFA highlights the best practices of member companies in various fields, such as efficient production, the promotion of responsible fertilizer use and the implementation of sustainable development goals. IFA membership indicates that a company belongs to the global fertilizer industry, a particularly useful distinction for traders and distributors entering new markets. Members can include the IFA logo and a statement of their membership on company letterhead and web sites. Membership certificates, valid for the current membership year, are provided on request.


Responsibilities of membership


Dues-paying members are expected to support the positions adopted by the Association and are therefore encouraged to participate in the working groups that draw up such documents. The strength of IFA's advocacy lies in the diligence of its members; all IFA members have a role in communicating the industry's messages externally and transmitting the fertilizer industry's agreed positions to government authorities and relevant external stakeholders at all levels.

The Association's goals can only be achieved with the active involvement of its members. Member companies are expected to contribute to working groups and to respond to surveys, draft documents and other requests for input in a timely manner.

Each member company is requested to nominate a Main Contact, who is responsible for ensuring the distribution of IFA information internally. Effective distribution multiplies membership benefits by allowing IFA services and products to be used widely throughout the company.

IFA members are expected to conduct their business in an ethical manner. Members should strive for excellence in the performance of their daily activities. Every IFA member company is considered an ambassador of the industry-at-large and is expected to operate in a way that reflects well on the fertilizer industry as a whole.

IFA members are obliged to respect the Association's intellectual property, which is covered by normal copyright law and relevant international treaties, such as those agreed within the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

IFA members are expected to abide by the Association's 12 SHE Principles in fertilizer production.

Members of all classes may withdraw from membership at any time by giving three months notice in writing of their intention to do so and upon payment of all sums due to the Association.