The Mosaic Company: Celebrating 10 years of helping the world grow the food it needs

Mosaic Colonsay underground.

Mosaic Colonsay underground.

Mosaic is uniquely positioned as a young organization with a rich legacy formed from the merger of Cargill, Inc. and IMC Global Inc., companies with strong histories of innovation and community commitment. In 10 years, Mosaic has been able to blend the best of each of these cultures to become an industry leader – here at home and around the globe.

As the world’s leading producer of potash and phosphate, Mosaic mines and manufacturers these natural resources to produce high-quality fertilizers. These same crop nutrients give farmers a fighting chance to meet the growing demand for food as the world’s population rises to an anticipated nine billion by 2050.

Over the past decade, Mosaic has increased its production capacity with its potash expansion projects in Saskatchewan. The company has committed to sustainability and to supporting its communities as a responsible neighbour. It has created value for customers and shareholders – all while maintaining a relentless focus on safety in its workplaces.

That work begins in Saskatchewan. Mosaic’s potash business is proud to call the province home, with mines in Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy, and a head office in Regina. Mosaic’s place in the provincial landscape spans over 50 years and it is committed to growing Saskatchewan for the long term through continued investment in its businesses, communities and people.

In Canada, Mosaic employs nearly 2,300 people. From miners to skilled tradespeople, engineers to professionals, they are part of a global team that is richly diverse in skills, experiences and backgrounds. Their hard work and dedication helps find new ways to advance the business and ensure that Mosaic continues to be a world-class organization.

6-2As the world’s crop nutrient needs grow, Mosaic is growing to meet them. Current projects in the company’s multi-billion-dollar potash expansion program continue to be on budget and on schedule despite the challenges of a competitive labour market.

There is no greater representation of Mosaic’s growth and investment in the future than its K3 project. The 374-foot production headframe – the tallest structure between Calgary and Winnipeg – reached its completed height in 2013. Work on the site’s mineshaft is moving forward along with supporting infrastructure. Scheduled to begin production in 2017, the development will provide capacity growth for the Esterhazy operations and Mosaic.

Being an industry leader is about more than just producing potash tonnes. Whether an employee works on surface, underground, or in an office setting, safety is a part of Mosaic’s very DNA and how it chooses to do business. This mindset shapes its values and sets clear expectations throughout the company. In 2013, Mosaic achieved record safety performance, including a six per cent improvement in its key safety measures on the heels of two consecutive record periods.

Mosaic is also dedicated to making smart and responsible choices about its stewardship of the environment, and is the only mining company to have been recognized by Corporate Responsibility and Ethisphere. In Saskatchewan, examples include:

  • Recycling or reusing 87 per cent of the freshwater used in its Saskatchewan potash operations
  • Supporting the air zone management concept by belonging to the Southeast Airshed Association, Western Yellowhead Air Management Zone, and the Great Plains Air Zone
  • Cogeneration projects at its Belle Plaine mine site
  • Implementing energy reduction studies and programs at its sites through its continuous improvement departments
  • Partnering with Ducks Unlimited for wetland compensation programs

This success extends to Mosaic’s support of the community, which features targeted corporate giving, employee donations and volunteer work that focuses on:

  • Community enrichment programs
  • Food security, agricultural research and development
  • Water conservation and stewardship

In 2013, Mosaic donated $4.5 million to Saskatchewan communities. From working with Habitat for Humanity, to supporting food agencies, to investing in healthcare, Mosaic is doing its part to build strong and vibrant communities where its employees live, work, and raise their families.

Recent highlights include:

  • Entering into a renewed 20-year Mosaic Stadium naming rights agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders beginning in 2017;
  • Presenting the RCMP Heritage Centre with a gift of $1 million to enhance programming and the visitor experience;
  • Donating $1 million to Habitat to further the provincial organization’s goals and objectives; and,
  • Contributing $200,000 to Regina’s Salvation Army to support a new student lunch program.

Mosaic and its workforce have worked hard to forge the company’s identity and to deliver on its commitment to its stakeholders. Mosaic is ready for what’s next. Here’s to the second decade and to a future filled with prosperity and success.

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