UPL is focused on emerging as a premier global provider of total crop solutions designed to secure the world's long-term food supply.
Winning farmers hearts across the globe, while leading the way with innovative products and services that make agriculture sustainable, UPL is the fastest growing company in the industry.
Based on the recognition that humankind is one community, UPL’s overarching commitment is to improve areas of its presence, workplace and customer engagement.
Product Stewardship is a working culture at UPL, effective platform ensuring safe service, highly effective products and reduce potential risks to human health and the environment.
We keep highest standards in product stewardship for sustainable agriculture and food security.
We ensure to the responsible management of all our products throughout their life cycle, from R&D to disposal of products.
Safeguard human health and the environment through innovative product portfolio offerings, technologies and best in class services.
Promote and support the safe and responsible use of our products.
UPL focusses on Green chemistry principles and various environmental criteria. We discover new products, refining existing products, developing news formulations, application methods delivery mechanisms etc. We take care that new products or formulations are safer and less toxic.and are non-harmful.
UPL operates global programs in support of continuous improvement as a means of reducing any potential occupational accidents and illness. We comply with local labor, health and safety laws, and remain fully aligned with Responsible Care®. Pursuing improved energy efficiency, improved water efficiency, reduced waste, and improved worker health and safety are some of our focus areas.
Stewardship practices assures safe storage, packaging, transport and distribution of crop protection products, as well as provides guidelines and standards for the storage and handling of crop protection products. UPL also trains warehouse employees in safety techniques and practices and ensures that these standards are constantly met through effective management control mechanisms. Appropriate equipment, handling, environmental consideration, and local laws are part of efforts to encourage high standards and eliminate any instances of malpractice.
Safe use of our products is not only significant in terms of its potential impact on human health and the environment but also for longterm sustainability of our products and to promote business growth.. We focus on Responsible and Safe use of pesticides by growers and all our customers. In order to ensure label compliance and promote human health and environment protection, at UPL, we conduct regular trainings and awareness campaigns on all aspects of stewardship, including purchase of right products, their storage, transport, use on crops and even managing empty containers.
Through Train-the-Trainers programs at UPL, we have developed Stewardship champions as focal point for various outreach activities. These Stewardship Champions further propagate the good agricultural practices and messages in field and collaborating with other stakeholders that have role to play.
At UPL, we are implementing processes to ensure that the Empty Pesticide Containers (EPC) in which products are supplied are cleaned to remove any toxic residues by using triple-rinse process and disposed of safely in accordance with country regulations . We are collaborating with Industry partners across the globe to implement several major programs for ECM and their recycling to generate value and address environmental issues.
Stewardship practices at UPL promotes IPM, which is the combination of cultural, biological and chemical measures. IPM provides the most cost effective, environmentally sound and socially acceptable method of managing diseases, insects, weeds and other pests in agriculture.
Stewardship also takes into consideration, the management and prevention of obsolete stock, that may lead to threat environment and community. UPL's stewardship activities place guidelines on how obsolete stocks can be disposed of efficiently and safely by bringing together all skilled resources. Importance of better warehousing, training in the management of crop protection product stocks are being practiced.
Program & Resources
Aplique Bem, UPL’s Stewardship programme, across regions, is an example of a business, committed to social responsibility and sustainable agriculture. Through Product Stewardship, UPL creates and implements programmes aimed at supporting growers and promoting product efficiency, by reaching out to customers on correct and safe use of our products, providing better quality of life to agricultural workers by safeguarding their health and environment and benefitting the complete production chain.
Applique Bien - The Concept
In Colombia, the post-consumer container collection program is a social and environmental initiative of 33 companies affiliated to the Campo Limpio corporation, for the management of empty pesticide containers; This initiative promotes the triple washing of containers and the adequate delivery to the collection and final disposal centers.
The safe use and handling of agrochemical products requires permanent monitoring and accompaniment of both our sales force, distribution channel and the farmers who use our products in the field, therefore, this is a main focus of our program Product Management at UPL.
One of the most important pillars for the Stewardship program is the permanent monitoring in the field to detect counterfeits and other illegal products, through the Project Against Counterfeiting and Trademark Usurpation led by ANDI, it seeks to train actors who, due to their particular exercise professionals have the opportunity to become agents for the prevention of the sale, marketing or application of counterfeit products.
Train the Trainer programme
With these trainings, UPL, through Stewardship México, seeks to strengthen the co-responsible participation of the pesticide industry so that Good Agricultural Practices are promoted and practiced and also ensure an agricultural and food safety and demand generation.
Broadening Our Mandate – The Upl Global Stewardship Program
Our stewardship program is perfectly aligned with the core values of UPL. Especially ‘Win, Win, Win’, where we aim to create an education base for customers and employees that shares details of our products, the best practices in their use, and general aspects of the vast knowledge amassed over the years we have been operating in the agrochemical sector.
Stewardship As A Way Of Life At Upl Columbia
The UPL Columbia team has also actively participated in an industry-led program called ‘Campo Limpio’*. The program promotes the proper collection and disposal of pesticide containers. Careful emptying and rinsing of containers reduce concerns for human exposures and possible impact on wildlife and the environment. If paper or plastic containers are not properly emptied or rinsed, the container itself becomes a hazardous waste that can become potentially an expensive problem for farmers to tackle.
Our Environment Day Pledge Toward Better Product Stewardship
Upl commemorated world environment day this year on june 5th as product stewardship day.
Using virtual platforms, we reached out to our core business groups from the
farmer-facing divisions such as Sales, Marketing, and Research & Development to
generate awareness and impart training on the responsible management of its
products throughout their lifecycles.
Upl Stewardship Involvement Towards Successful Application And Sustainable Agriculture In W&CA
Our Crop Protection marketing efforts are grounded in the basic postulate that the efficiency of crop protection product is linked directly to the conditions of application. At UPL, we have identified 3 key factors which are, well trained applicator, well maintained sprayer and good conditions of application. UPL’s stewardship is key to the correct and safe use of our products, optimization of their benefits and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Upl’s Stewardship Supports Business With Cotton Companies In West & Central Africa
Product stewardship helps farmers to optimize efficiency of our crop protection products and providing them with tools to use our products correctly while safeguarding their health and protecting their environment. Thus, our involvement through stewardship is not only leading to adopting Good Agricultural Practices by more and more farmers but also resulting in increase in farmer income through better yields.
Stewardship and Compliance is a new invigorated function that we have relaunched in June 2019. The function looks after customers, environment, health and safety across our whole value chain and supply chain. We are an innovative & fast growing company that has global leadership in agriculture solutions that are natural, organic and biological. With our strong portfolio of green and conventional products we will lead the way to a sustainable agricultural economy and food supply chain that will meet the growing needs of our planet as our population increases. I am seeing a great momentum of every function working together with our Stewardship and Compliance team in taking UPL to great leadership position in Stewardship and Compliance.
Mr. Vikram Shroff
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