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Yara is a chemical company primarily active in fertiliser production. Its main product is nitrogen fertiliser, but the company's product portfolio includes nitrogen-based chemicals such as ammonia, nitrates and urea. Yara's origins stretch back to 1905, when it started as Norsk Hydro and was the first company to produce mineral nitrogen fertiliser, using hydroelectricity to extract nitrogen from the air. Yara spun off from Norsk Hydro in 2004, and today its largest shareholder is the Norwegian government, owning about a third of the company.

Ranking position
#36 /350
Total score
39.8 /100
Measurement area Score (0-100) Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 67.0 /100 #36


#1 29.3 /100 #109


#1 33.3 /100 #23

Social inclusion

#1 47.7 /100 #20
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Agricultural inputs #8

Segment ranking summary

Yara ranks eighth in the agricultural inputs segment. While the company shows robust strengths compared to its industry peers, it fails to demonstrate leadership in any measurement area. In both governance and strategy as well as social inclusion, it is a top ten performer in its segment but can improve its disclosure, notably regarding the health and safety of vulnerable groups. In both environment and nutrition, it ranks in the top 20 of its industry, as it often lacks transparency and strong time-bound targets. Overall, there is an opportunity for Yara to improve its performance across the board and demonstrate leadership among its peers by enhancing its disclosure, especially on nutrition.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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  1. 2023

More about the company

Oslo, Norway
Food and agriculture revenue USD
Group revenue USD
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees
Not available

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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