For the second straight year, PotashCorp has received the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Overall Award of Excellence for Corporate Reporting. The honor is one of five earned by the company from the CICA this year, matching last year’s total.
The Agronomic Industry Award is a lifetime achievement award for the promotion of advanced agronomy. In the case of this year’s honoree, PotashCorp Chief Agronomist Dr. Kim Polizotto, that represents a career devoted to teaching the benefits fertilizer brings to agriculture and food production.
More than 300 disadvantaged children will enjoy a much brighter Christmas thanks to employee efforts at PCS Phosphate Aurora.The facility's employees donated 27 bikes with helmets and 18 boxes of approximately 300 toys – including board games, wagons and dolls – to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.Collection boxes for the campaign were placed around the plant site, and some departments found unique ways to contribute. Upon achieving a production record, a group in the defluorinated phosphate plant insisted that the money allotted for a celebratory meal be used instead to purchase six new bikes for the charity drive."Our employees really embody the spirit of the season," said Curtis Ormond, Communications Specialists at PCS Phosphate Aurora. "Every year, they find new ways to give so more children have presents under the tree and smiles on their faces at Christmas."PCS Aurora employees have been donating to the Toys for Tots program since 1996. The U.S. Marine Corps distribute the toys to local children in need who would otherwise have no gifts during the holidays.
For the sixth consecutive year, PCS Nitrogen Geismar has received the Canadian National (CN) Railway's Safe Handling Award.The award is presented to CN customers who load 100 or more tank cars with dangerous goods annually and meet high standards for safe handling and shipment of these commodities.CN monitors non-accident releases (NARs) for both loaded and residue tank cars carrying dangerous goods. NAR refers to a tank car that is leaking, but was not involved in an accident."Recent surveys show that a customer's decision to do business with a company is influenced by the company's safety, health and environmental sustainability," said Fred Elliot, General Manager at PCS Nitrogen Geismar."The Canadian National Railway's Safe Handling Award is an honor, but also a reminder that not just product quality ? but also how we deliver our product ? is important to our customers. And that makes it important to us."See more of PotashCorp's safety awards and milestones here.
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of US $0.15 per share payable February 13, 2006 to shareholders of record January 23, 2006.
With an ever-present focus on no harm to people, no accidents and no damage to the environment, PotashCorp employees are working hard to achieve significant safety milestones.PCS Potash New Brunswick is no exception. The facility achieved 3 million hours without a lost-time injury on November 1, 2005, thanks to employees who are dedicated to the company's goal."This accomplishment demonstrates that serious injuries can be avoided if we all continue to be diligent in identifying, controlling and eliminating hazards," said Mike Hogan, General Manager at PCS Potash New Brunswick."The milestone could only have been achieved through teamwork and is a reflection of your personal commitment to safe work."New Brunswick also achieved 4 years without a lost-time injury on December 12, 2004.See more of PotashCorp's safety milestones here.
PotashCorp is always ready to lend a helping hand to the communities in which it operates, but it also recognizes that working together with the community can benefit both partners.On October 19, PCS Potash Allan invited two local fire chiefs for a familiarization tour of the potash facility so they could properly prepare their brigades in the event additional help was needed during an on-site emergency.Darrell Kraft, fire chief in Allan, and Ken Hartz, fire chief in Bradwell, had the opportunity to tour the mill and familiarize themselves with mine rescue equipment, hazardous chemicals used on site and areas the facility has identified for potential chemical spills or fires.Each fire chief also received an information package to take back to his brigade. It included details about the location of on- and off-site emergency equipment, response procedures and duties for chemical spills, hazardous chemicals used on site, reporting requirements and MSDS sheets for process reagents used on site."In the event of a substantial emergency where we would need to call outside agencies for assistance, we'd like them to be knowledgeable," said Erickson. "The guys thought it was good that they were being educated on what we do and what we have on site."Each facility has its own team of highly trained fire fighters and emergency responders, so the brigades would play an auxiliary role in any on-site emergency.