For much of its 65-plus year history, CF Industries was a company that few people outside of the agri-business community knew. From its founding in 1946 until 2005, it was a supply cooperative, owned by a small group of customers and selling the majority of its products to them.
That changed in 2005, when the company completed an initial public offering and its common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Over its history, CF Industries has developed a strong, value-driven culture, codified in the company’s Vision and Values. But there’s more to those vision and value beliefs than just words on paper.
- Employee Safety: for years, CF Industries’ safety performance has been one of the best in the chemical industry, with incidence rates well below national averages. During 2011 our employees achieved a number of safety milestones, highlighted by our Frankfort, Indiana, terminal, which became the eighth CF Industries distribution facility to reach the mark of 15,000 workdays, or more than 41 years, without a lost time accident. Safety is more than awards and milestones at CF Industries. From a company standpoint, safety and operational readiness go hand-in-hand. From an employee perspective—and most importantly—safety means that CF Industries is committed to assuring that its employees go home every day the same way they came to work that morning: safe and healthy.
- Customer Service: owned by its customers until its 2005 Initial Public Offering, it’s understandable that customer service and operational readiness are cornerstones of CF Industries’ culture. The company’s facilities enjoy some of the plant nutrient industry’s highest “uptime” records, thanks to dedicated employees, state-of-the-art systems and technology, and a commitment to maintenance and modernization.
- Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: CF Industries is a bit on the conservative side, preferring to let its accomplishments, not predictions or proclamations, speak for the company.
- Community Involvement: we’re part of our communities. The programs we support, ranging from Classroom Mini-Grants at our distribution facilities to wetlands restoration at our Central Florida phosphate operations, all help cement the cooperative relationship between company and community.