At Valent, we strive to foster a culture of stewardship throughout the organization.Through targeted projects, endorsements, education and outreach and in the spirit of collaboration with our partners we are contributing to a healthy, nutritious food supply.
Stewardship is so important to our business that we created a dedicated team to oversee and guide our programs. Tasked with creating a culture of stewardship throughout the organization, the Valent Stewardship Council is tasked with:
- Providing ongoing education and oversight of regulatory compliance
- Developing principles and tools to support and guide all managers and employees
- Acting as an advisory board for Valent decision makers when stewardship issues or concerns arise during the course of business
This cross-functional team ensures that all facets of the organization are aligned to our stewardship principles and continues to improve our approach. To date, the focus areas of the Council include:
- Employee education on stewardship principles and practices, including the contributions of agriculture and crop protection to a sustainable world.
- Implementing an internal employee “AgVocate” program in partnership with CropLife America.
- Establishing sponsorships with select NGOs and stakeholder groups that have mission and vision objectives complementary to Valent's business and stewardship goals.
- Development of product stewardship guidance and tools to support product teams throughout the product life cycle.
Our Responsible Care initiative considers the safety of people and the environment across the whole life cycle of products, from development to disposal. Through these activities, we create an open dialogue with the public and contribute to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. As part of that commitment, we stand by the following:
- We strive to maintain zero-accident and zero-injury operations.
- We will ascertain the safety of raw materials to prevent potential exposure to any possible hazard.
- We will supply high-quality products and services that meet growers' needs and ensure safe use.
- We will reduce our environmental impact at all operational stages and take protective measures when necessary.
Real action and commitments:. A few examples of our collaborative efforts include:
-Pollinator Health: Pollinators are important for the health of our ecosystems. That's why we actively sponsor a range of pollinator-focused partnerships including the the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Project Apis m. and FieldWatch.
- The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA): TPSA works to actively educate and promote improved container cleaning and recycling, reduced spray drift and protection of pollinators, among other projects. As strong supporters of their work, we ensure that our products never lead to harm for workers, consumers or the environment.
-The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC): The ACRC has collected more than 200 million pounds of containers since 1992 and helps farmers across the continental United States turn acceptable containers into everything from field drain pipes to fence posts. We’re proud to support their efforts and the responsible recycling of used crop protection and pesticide containers.
-Thiobencarb Stewardship in Rice: Maintaining the health and productivity of rice agriculture in a complex agro-ecosystem such as California’s Sacramento Valley presents a constantly changing technical and regulatory challenge. We actively promote responsible use of our crop protection products in California rice through our sponsorship of annual grower and pest control advisor (PCA) stewardship meetings, and aerial applicator certification.-
- Coalition for Rural and Urban Environmental Stewardship (CURES): CURES plays an important role in helping California farmers and other agricultural industry partners learn and practice better pesticide stewardship practices. As a sponsor, we support their efforts to assemble and disseminate important scientific information on diverse range of topics, including surface water quality, spray drift and pollinator protection.
-UC Davis Department of Fish and Wildlife Project Nigiri: As a public-private initiative, Project Nigiri researches the use of winter-flooded rice fields at fish nurseries to help restore wild salmon populations. In addition to Valent, other members of the project include U.C. Davis, the California Rice Commission, California Trout and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.