2018: the Year of the Benchmark


For the first time since the creation of IFA’s Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) metrics at the beginning of the millennium, all four benchmark cycles will be conducted in the same year.

  • Employee Safety Performance
  • Employee Safety Perceptions
  • Environmental Performance
  • Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions

Why participate now?

Over time, IFA has fine-tuned its benchmarks to enable the fertilizer industry to successfully measure, act, and improve its overall SHE performance.

In 2018, the convergence of all four surveys into one year is a key moment for producer members – through increased participation – to collectively raise the bar to the next performance level.

The time has come for the fertilizer industry to make a stronger statement than ever before about the importance of SHE excellence.

Commitment to sustainable practices should be recognized among peers. Those producers participating in all relevant SHE benchmarks will be acknowledged publicly, for example, during IFA’s 2018 Strategic Forum in Beijing, China.

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The Employee Safety Perceptions Survey

Show your employees that their point of view counts

Wondering how your workers view your safety program?

The ultimate goal of any safety program is to keep workers free from harm. Its impact is far greater when employees feel that their safety and well-being are being cared about.

IFA has developed an Employee Safety Perceptions Survey based on anonymous employee feedback and participation. These leading indicators, which complement IFA’s LTIR and TRI metrics, provide plant managers with additional insights to more accurately predict safety outcomes and to avoid accidents before they happen.

Simple and straightforward

  • Gain valuable insight to establish priorities, inspire improvements, and signal problem areas
  • Improve performance at multiple sites and locations through concrete action plans
  • Benchmark your organisations with over 600 organizations in other industries
  • 10-minute survey available in over twenty languages

Creating a strong culture of safety, based on both leading and lagging indicators, will have a positive impact on your business that will ripple throughout your organizations. Employees will become more involved and more creative in helping to resolve local safety issues. The virtuous cycle does not stop there, as employee morale will improve and so will, ultimately, your overall productivity.

“We used the results from this employee safety perceptions survey as part of our core business planning process to ensure that safety is and continues to be embedded in our activities across the organization both now and in the future.”
Jan-Petter Fossum, Yara International ASA

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The Employee Safety Performance Survey

Safety in the workplace should never a question of “should we?”

Safety management has become a strategic priority for top businesses globally. Strong employee safety performance is as fundamental to business success as financial performance, and it has become a major indicator of the best managed companies.

“You cannot improve what you do not measure”

Key performance indicators are critical to any management system, and particularly for tracking progress and taking informed action. IFA’s annual Employee Safety Performance survey has become the global reference for «lagging» safety metrics in the fertilizer industry.

IFA’s Employee Safety Performance Indicators:

  • LTIR = Lost-time injury rate
  • TRI = Total recordable injuries

IFA Safety Metrics enhance decision-making to:

  • Measure the overall effectiveness of your safety management systems
  • Compare against the global industry’s best safety performers
  • Develop organization-specific key performance indicators
  • Create annual performance tracking based on continual improvement

“Participating in IFA’s safety benchmarking which includes performance metrics such as lost-time injury rate and total recordable injuries allow us to continually gauge how our safety management systems are performing. IFA’s industry wide benchmark clearly allowed us to drive our safety performance forward to the benefit of our entire workforce.”
Brent Heimann, Arab Potash Corp.

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The Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions benchmark

The Challenge

The chemical industry is facing considerable challenges regarding its energy use and CO2 emissions.

  • Fertilizer production alone accounts for roughly 1.2 % of global energy consumption and 1% of all greenhouse gases annually
  • Ammonia manufacturing makes up approximately 90% of this energy use

The Opportunity

Nevertheless, the opportunity for the sector is just as considerable:

  • Ammonia producers are keeping their eye on the ball: energy efficiency in the sector has been significantly improved since manufacturing began in the early 20th century
  • Modern ammonia production technology now allows for a theoretical minimum of energy consumption through best-available techniques (BAT’s)
  • Efficiency improvements drive emissions reductions: production processes that use less energy per unit of ammonia output reduce manufacturing costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • The global ammonia sector still has room for efficiency improvements

Since 2004, IFA’s ammonia Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emissions benchmarking study has emerged as the global reference for measuring progress and encouraging investment in efficiency improvements.

“My company’s continued participation in the IFA Energy Efficiency & CO2 emissions benchmarking has enabled us to transform the way we look at this aspect of our business. The emerging KPI’s allow us to measure our progress against global standards, and stay one step ahead of regulators.”
Yasser Abdulrahim Alabbasi, GPIC

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IFA Environmental Performance benchmark

The Challenge

International scrutiny of environmental emissions from industrial activities has amplified significantly over the past two decades. As with other strategic industries, the fertilizer sector is increasingly under the spotlight to monitor its emissions and to reduce its overall environmental footprint.

The Opportunity

Since 2002, IFA producer members have been addressing these concerns head on. The industry has come together to develop one of the Association’s landmark tools – the IFA Environmental Performance Benchmark. This survey covers roughly fifty emission parameters across the major fertilizer product areas N, P, and complex fertilizers.

The report has been honed to help participants to:

  • Compare your plants’ emissions performances with the world’s best
  • Identify specific and actionable improvements
  • Measure improvements over time
  • Communicate emission reduction achievements locally and nationally

“We use the KPI’s from the IFA Environmental Performance Benchmark to identify specific improvement areas in our production process. IFA’s tool has been instrumental in helping us to significantly improve our environmental performance and to remain ahead of the curve.”
K.K. Kaul, DCM Shriram Ltd.

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