The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this web site do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of IFA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Moreover, the views expressed do not necessarily represent the decision or the stated policy of IFA, nor does citing of trade names or commercial processes constitute endorsement.
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.
Enquiries concerning the p&s programme can be sent to IFA by email:
or by telephoning Volker Andresen, Protect&Sustain project co-ordinator:
If you would like to become a protect&sustain registered user, please complete the linked form and await e-mail confirmation of your registration... Register now
Forgotten your log in details? Please type your e-mail address below and we will send you your User Name and a new Password. You will be able to reset the password to whatever you want when you next log-in.Not received your registration confirmation email?
Register now, to receive regular email updates as the protect&sustain initiative evolves. (We promise not to inundate you!)
This site presents a roadmap to becoming a certified IFA Product Steward. (See Product Stewardship: the Value Proposition).
We have broken down the process into five essential steps:
4. Validation of your self-assessment
5. Certification as an IFA Product Steward.
Appoint a Product Stewardship Coordinator
From the outset, this programme encourages every participating organization to nominate a leader, or a product steward "champion". This champion's role is to coordinate the implementation of product stewardship within their organization.
Sign Up: IFA's Protect & Sustain product stewardship initiative is easier to join than to say! This site makes it easy. Clicking this button will take you to a simple step-by-step guide for registering and developing your organization's own product stewardship programme.
Read Up: Some background reading and preparation may be useful. Get to know the philosophy and approach while familiarizing yourself with some global practices in this area. Links to all the necessary resources are in the 5-step plan. There are guidelines for each of the key stages of the lifespan and of the management cycle.
Assess your operations: Then there is the Evaluation Tool - designed to help assess your organization’s strengths and weaknesses - and to eventually benchmark your overall progress.
This step will help guide your organization to a point where it should feel confident that product stewardship practices are of such a standard that they are worthy of approval and recognition by the outside world.
The IFA Protect & Sustain programme offers a phased methodology for gaining official recognition for achieving high-quality product stewardship practices.
Your organization has established a product stewardship programme, and has benchmarked and reviewed its performance - and where necessary – has introduced new processes or improved existing ones. Once your organization’s performance exceeds certain pre-defined levels, it is then eligible for external audit and accreditation.
To begin with, there is a preliminary validation phase. If you believe that your organization exceeds the required performance levels, you will have the chance to have your assessment form reviewed by a professional external assessor.
Finally, when your organization’s self-evaluation is validated as exceeding the required performance levels, you are a step away from gaining full accreditation under the IFA programme. Through third-party site visits of your operations, your organization can then be certified as an IFA Product Steward or as an IFA Product Steward Excellence.