Why join the Protect & Sustain certification programme?

By assessing your company’s product stewardship performance and joining IFA’s Protect & Sustain certification, you will identify your current status and prove your commitment to reaching a high level of safety, security and sustainability.

Benefits throughout the product lifespan:
  • Safer working conditions
  • More committed employees
  • Better environmental protection
  • Safer communities
  • Improved reputation
  • Better public image
  • Maximized profitability
  • Shared best practices
Protect and Sustain Flyer
Protect and Sustain Certification
Restricted to IFA members
Product stewardship is a key focus of the fertilizer industry. It refers to the industry’s Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) management, and takes it beyond factory’s gates, in cooperation with suppliers, transporters and retailers. In many respects, it is about putting into place responsible business management processes across a product's lifecycle.

All IFA Members have adopted the 12 IFA Safety, Health and Environment Principles, which commits them, among others, to “establish and improve their safety, security, health and environmental performance through annual objectives, targets or key performance indicators”.

IFA therefore proposes a certification to its members, called “Protect and Sustain”, which presents a practical framework for implementing product stewardship practices – while providing the necessary reference material and the tools to aid implementation and to measure the progress achieved.

The certification process takes between three to five months. Six areas are examined: management system, product development and planning, sourcing and contractor management, manufacturing techniques, supply chain to customer, as well as marketing, sales and application.

Protect & Sustain was developed by IFA with independent auditors DNV-GL and SGS, and has become the de facto global product stewardship standard for fertilizers. As of 2017, 40 fertilizer producers (N, P, K) in 49 countries have been certified with Protect & Sustain! Protect & Sustain has also been made available for non-producer IFA Members.

Protect & Sustain Hall of Fame


40 certified fertilizer producers (N, P, K) in 49 countries



Countries: Austria, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroun, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

Protect & Sustain is now available for non-producers (fertilizer distributors, ports, traders and transporters), as well.

In addition, every two years IFA gives its Green Leaf Award to a Protect & Sustain certified production complex (single site) for its outstanding performance in safety, health and environment (SHE) in fertilizer production. The Green Leaf Award is an integral part of IFA’s Product Stewardship.

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2017 Green Leaf Award Ceremony - Read More ... Jawale, R.P.2017MemberDownload
Changing the World through Good Product Stewardship - Read More ... Andresen, V.2017PublicDownload
IFA Protect and Sustain Overview - Read More ... IFA2017MemberDownload
From Product Stewardship: From Worst to First? - Read More ... Andresen, V.2016MemberDownload
IFA Protect and Sustain Flyer - Read More ... IFA2016MemberDownload
IFA Protect and Sustain Self-Evaluation Tool in Russian - Read More ... IFA, DNV, SGS2016MemberDownload
Protect & Sustain - Product Stewardship Certification - Read More ... Andresen, V.2016MemberDownload
Facing the Security Challenge! Terrorism and Misuse - Read More ... Chys, J.2015MemberDownload
IFA Protect & Sustain Update - Read More ... Ponce, E.2015MemberDownload
Product Security and Stewardship of CAN Fertilizer - Read More ... Zahir, M.2015MemberDownload