Letter from the Chairman
Having celebrated four years of our sustainability reporting journey, last year we stepped up our focus towards “creating future value”. I aﬃrm our commitment to create and share future value with our shareholders, customers, employees, business partners and communities.
In line with our emphasis on value creation and transparency in corporate practices, we became the ﬁrst company in Pakistan to adopt world’s ﬁrst Sustainability Reporting Standards launched last year, along with the International Integrated Reporting Council’s (IIRC) Integrated Reporting (IR) framework, United Nations Global Compact “Ten Principles” and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). This year, we introduced targets for diﬀerent sustainability areas to embed sustainability into the mainstream for eﬀective management of our impacts and reduce our environmental footprint.
Climate change, increasing population, poverty, hunger, and consistent decline in cultivable land are driving more responsibility towards businesses to come-up with innovative products. These challenges demand collaboration among businesses and governments. SDGs developed by governments, business and civil society create opportunities for businesses to play their part and support governments in problem resolution. We support SDGs and are keen to play our active role in meeting country level goals while working as a responsible manufacturer of fertilizer products. Our established and well acknowledged sustainability practices reinforce our new role and better position us to eﬀectively contribute towards the goals of sustainable development.
Our annual sustainability report is a reﬂection of our commitment to create and share value for all of our stakeholders. We value your suggestions, which we believe will help us to improve our performance and deliver to your expectations.
Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Khan HI (M),
Letter from the CE&MD
The year 2016 witnessed signiﬁcant strides in sustainability. The world’s ﬁrst Sustainability Reporting Standards were launched in October 2016 for better reporting of sustainability impacts by organizations and enhancing corporate transparency worldwide. United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and Global Reporting Initiative collaborated to develop guidance for reporting business contributions towards Sustainable Development Goals.
The alignment around sustainability issues is expected to further increase and this will impact policy decisions in political and business ﬁelds. It will lead to calls for better economic, environmental, social performance and enhanced transparency cum accountability in the corporate sector.
Integrating sustainability into our business is fundamental to our corporate strategy. As a result, we have achieved a balanced mix between ﬁnancial performance, environmental stewardship and social engagements.
As I look back on 2016, I take pride in sharing our exceptional performance in what we do best – producing quality fertilizer to enhance productive potential of lands and support healthy lives. It drives us and enables us to create and share value with our stakeholders as well as ultimately, generating value for our business.
Although conditions were challenging during the year mainly delayed implementation of subsidy mechanism and low international urea prices, we nevertheless managed considerable achievements in securing our targets in spite of certain inexorable factors, particularly price intervention by the government, levy of additional super tax, decline in dividend receipts and delayed subsidy remittances, which were beyond our control.
During the year, our original gas quota was restored resulting in new urea production benchmark of 2,523 thousand tonnes. We also achieved an increased urea market share of 52 % – highest in the last 7 years, compared to 48% last year. However, due to unfavorable market conditions, the sales revenue decreased to Rs. 72.87 billion – 14 % below compared to last year. The proﬁtability was impacted by price constraints and anadditional tax burden resulting in net earnings of Rs. 11.78 billion. However, we are conﬁdent that our diversiﬁcation strategies, operational eﬃciencies, restoration of fertilizer subsidy by the government and improvement in international fertilizer prices will result in improved proﬁtability and sustained returns for our stakeholders.
We succeeded in managing our environmental footprint through continuous investments in environment friendly technologies, up-gradation and eﬃcient plant management. In 2016, energy consumption at plant sites reduced by 602,552 GJ and water recycling increased to 60.29 % from 59.14 %. However, intake of fresh water increased by 3 % and GHG emissions increased by 1%, due to increased production levels of fertilizer. We are determined to curtail the environmental footprint in line with global standards in the coming years. Our emphasis on health and safety resulted in almost zero health and safety incidents at plant sites during the year.
We see communities as our partners in growth and therefore, remain committed to create a positive impact through our sustainable activities. During the year, we spent over 1 % of after tax earnings on our community welfare activities focused on education, health, poverty alleviation, national cause donations and socio-economic development in rural areas. In line with our commitment of shared value creation and inclusive growth, we are updating supplier selection criteria to eﬀectively manage our supply chain impacts in areas of environment, labor practices, human rights and societal interventions.
Last year, we pioneered in adopting the International Integrated Reporting Council’s (IIRC) Integrated Reporting (IR) framework for our Sustainability Report. We are continuing to use this framework along with GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards and UNGC Ten Principles to share our value creation potential over diﬀerent time horizons as well as performance on economic, environment and social fronts.
In this year’s report, we have aligned our material issues with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the UN in September 2015. This allows us to further pave the way in ushering in sustainable development through innovative business approaches combined with partnerships in ﬁnding solutions for the world’s economic, social, and environmental challenges.
We uphold our support to Ten Principles of UNGC and UN SDGs by aligning our activities and playing our role in meeting the ultimate goal of sustainable development.
Our Sustainability Report for the year 2015 secured 1st position at ICAP and ICMAP ‘Best Sustainability Reporting Award” for report transparency, demonstrating our commitment to professionalism and transparency.
Finally, I thank our stakeholders for their continued trust reposed in us and I invite you all for your valuable feedback.
Lt Gen Shafqaat Ahmed
HI (M), (Retired)
Chief Executive & Managing Director