Feeding the world’s growing population
New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.
The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
Phosphate is an essential nutrient for growing food. The New Zealand fertiliser industry ensures that all fertiliser products are responsibly sourced. New Zealand fertiliser companies conduct their due diligence of all suppliers and monitor their performance closely. OCP, who operate the Phosbouccra mine in Western Sahara, score highly as a supplier and has been a reliable partner for decades.
We endeavour to comply with the UN guidelines on trading with non-self-governing territories, and we now welcome the clarity of Judge Woolford's findings in terms of New Zealand law.
From our perspective the applicant appears to have tried to use the Court for a political purpose, which has cost the New Zealand taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars. By dismissing the case, the Court has clearly recognised the case had no legal merit. In particular Justice Woolford notes that use of judicial proceedings in this way has been characterised as "lawfare".
We feel assured that the careful work the industry has done to-date has been recognised by the Court. We will continue to engage carefully in our due diligence activities and are always looking for ways to improve.
While thousands of Saharawi working for and with OCP benefit from that company's operations, there are others who do not. This is why we continue to support the UN in its efforts to resolve this complex geopolitical dispute.
Fertiliser Association of New Zealand
Further information on how New Zealand's fertiliser industry sources phosphate can be found at https://www.sourcingphosphate.nz/Site/sourcing-phosphate/
Background on the judicial review
The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation is the Crown entity that manages investments for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. The Polisario Front, a Western Sahara freedom movement, filed papers in the High Court to stop the New Zealand Superannuation Fund from investing in the disputed North African territory claimed by Morocco. The Polisario made the following claims: