Western Sahara: NGO raises human rights concerns regarding Nutrien's phosphate supply chain, Nutrien responds by confirming its plans to reduce imports from the region
In May 2018, Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) raised human rights concerns against Nutrien, which has been exploiting the occupied Western Sahara's phosphate resources. Nutrien, which is a merger of two major Canadian companies Agrium and PotashCorp, has allegedly continued to import hundreds of thousands of tonnes of phosphate from the occupied territory, despite announcing plans to end such imports by year’s end. According to WSRW, Nutrien “is on a similar import-track to last year’s, and nothing indicates that the company has an intention to end, or even reduce, its imports from Western Sahara.” A number of investors have also reportedly divested from Nutrien because it violates their ethical guidelines for investments. The list includes pension funds, banks, and companies from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Nutrien to respond to these allegations. The company's response is available below.