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22 May 2024

International Fertilizer Association awards IMACID and Engro Fertilizers sustainability honors

Singapore, May 22 2024

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) today awarded its 2024 Green Leaf Award for outstanding safety, health, and environmental practices to Engro Fertilizers in Pakistan for nitrogen production, and to IMACID (a joint venture of OCP, CFCL Group, and TATA Chemicals) in Morocco for phosphate/potash production.

IFA Green Leaf Award Winners, Engro Fertilizers, IMACID

“It is the right thing to do, and it makes sound business sense to reach for the highest standards of safety and health in the workplace and to protect the environment,” said Alzbeta Klein, CEO and Director General, IFA. “Congratulations to the winners of the IFA Green Leaf Award 2024.”

2024 IFA Green Leaf Award Winner Ali Rathore Engro   2024 IFA Green Leaf Award Winner Youssef Boulahya OCP
Alzbeta Klein, CEO & Director General, IFA, Tony Will, President & CEO, CF Industries and Chair of IFA, Ali Rathore, CEO, Engro Fertilizers, Youssef Boulahya, CEO, IMACID

Applicants for the Green Leaf Award undergo an extensive evaluation of performance indicators by an independent panel of experts. IFA runs the award every two years and received a record 47 eligible applications from 27 member companies in 2024.

Engro Fertilizers’ application exemplifies a comprehensive approach to safety, health, and environmental (SHE) management in its fertilizer manufacturing division. Through robust SHE programs and strategic initiatives like the ECO-GREEN project (a 60-day project aimed at enhancing plant energy efficiency, including the inspection and repair of 400 equipment pieces and installation of low NOx burners) Engro Fertilizers demonstrates a commitment to reducing emissions and promoting sustainability.

IMACID holds integrated ISO certifications (Quality 9001, Environment 14001, Health and Safety at work 45001, and Energy 50001), renewed in 2023 after achieving zero non-conformities in 2020. Its pioneering of a proactive safety culture using the Bird pyramid approach (a theory of industrial accident prevention), engages all employees in hazard reporting. By enhancing SHE management among its 200 daily subcontractors through the GEEX standard IMACID ensures strict compliance and impressive performance evaluations.

The Goth Macchi plant of Fauji Fertilizer Company in Pakistan achieved second place in the nitrogen producer category. Judges cited exceptional environmental initiatives including NH3 and H2 recovery, N2 plant replacement and installation of solar power.

IFA Green Leaf Award 1sr Runners Up, FFC, Pakphos

Pakphos Maroc Phosphore (PMP, a joint venture of OCP and Fauji Group) earned second place in the phosphate/potash producer category. In particular, the judges noted the site’s excellent SHE initiatives, such as embracing digitalization through Operational Safety Management Systems platform, ensuring KPI’s are updated and met, and constantly tracking and evaluating safety and operational performance), as well as its pursuit of a comprehensive carbon footprint study.

IFA is delighted to be hosting a webinar with the 2024 Green Leaf Award winners which provides an excellent opportunity for them to present their case studies and share their knowledge and best practices with the IFA membership.


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Media contact: Claire Newell, Director, Communications & Marketing,
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About the International Fertilizer Association

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) was founded in 1927 and is the only global fertilizer association, with over 480 members from more than 80 countries and a mission to promote the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients. This mission plays a critical role in helping to feed the world sustainably. IFA represents providers of plant nutrition solutions. Members include fertilizer producers, traders and distributors, as well as their associations, service providers to the industry, research organizations, AgTech startups and non-governmental organizations.

Author(s): Claire Newell