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The Protect&Sustain initiative is managed through the Technical Committee of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and a steering group of industry members interested and experienced in establishing product stewardship programmes.
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As a product stewardship leader within your organization, you may be interested in introducing and improving product stewardship management practices in order to further reduce your organization's overall risk exposure and potential costly incidents. Perhaps you would like to do so across the entire organization, or within a specific division?
Whatever the scale of your project, this section is designed to provide you with the practical tools to help with that process by helping your organization take the leap from knowing about product stewardship in theory, to making product stewardship happen in practice.
Participation in IFA's Protect & Sustain programme should be viewed an opportunity -that is to say, a chance to implement a modern management model and to learn from industry leaders in this area. Your company or division may be only five steps away from full-recognition and certification as an "IFA Product Steward".
By simply clicking on the Get Started button below, you can begin the journey towards full certification.
Key amongst the tools is the Evaluation Tool. We encourage you to use this framework to evaluate your current product stewardship management systems and procedures. You will be encouraged to send your completed assessment form to an IFA-accredited auditing body for a desk review and feedback - and you can thus set into motion the process for an independent site assessment and certification as either a IFA Product Steward, or if your performance reaches a pre-determined level: IFA Product Steward Excellence. Morever, there is now the possibility to become certified according to the European Product Stewardship standard (Fertilizers Europe) under the IFA Protect & Sustain framework.
Participants will have the added benefit of being able to benchmark performance against a global field of fertilizer companies.