Corporate Social Responsibility
THE original REUSE COMPANY
H.J. Baker’s reputation for dependability and quality was built on a strong foundation from the beginning. It is continued today as H.J. Baker focuses on the five pillars of good corporate social responsibility: sustainability, community, education, diversity, and innovation. Thinking about resources differently was born early at H.J. Baker. Pomace, a by-product of making castor oil, one of H.J. Baker’s first products, was transformed into the first fertilizer product offered by H.J. Baker. This began a way of rethinking that is now a part of the foundation of the company: looking at products and by-products from a different perspective. Another by-product, sulphur, became an integral part of H.J. Baker when, in the early 1900’s, we were involved with Dr. Herman Frasch in the development of a sulphur extraction process.
Today, H.J. Baker owns and operates two sulphur processing, storage and export facilities in California. Because sulphur is a by-product of refining oil, both facilities were originally built in response to the oil industry’s effort to produce cleaner fuels and their desire to engage specialized companies to handle the by-product in an environmentally responsible way. H.J. Baker converts sulphur, left over from the refinery process, into a non-leachable, slow release, long lasting fertilizers, for the benefit of agriculture and to help feed a rapidly increasing population. In addition, we convert sulphur into formed sulphur that our customers use to make sulphuric acid. Over half of this sulphuric acid is used to make phosphate fertilizers.
At H.J. Baker, we believe innovation and reuse go hand in hand with stability and sustainability and we apply that thinking every day.
Five Pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility
Environmental stewards aimed to ensure a sustainable environment for future generations.
Transform lives in communities where we are present and within our internal team.
Foster internal and external development so that potential is realized in every individual.
Evolve to a broadened employment and partnership spectrum to expand our sources of ideas and collective intelligence.
Encourage and inspire outside-the-box thinking wherever challenges exist.
From sustainability to innovation, today’s H.J. Baker sees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an integral part of a company built to last.
H.J. Baker supports the RESPONSIBLE Ag program created with leadership from the Agriculture Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute & H.J. Baker is an official 4R partner, supporting 4R Nutrient Stewardship.
Doing more with less is always the goal because it is better for our customers and creates a more sustainable future for everyone.
High Impact products are More Efficient products. To sustain a population of 9 billion people by 2050, the industry will need products that do more with less. Efficiency and productivity are vital to minimize the overuse of limited resources in both animal nutrition and crop nutrients. H.J. Baker products improve the quantity and quality of food by applying precision technology: feed and fertilizer tailored for specific uses.
The need for food is essential and ever increasing. As an industry and as good neighbors, we will continue to research and develop new ways to feed the world’s growing population more efficiently.
SUSTAINABILITY increasing food supplies
Our once SULPHUR-RICH soils are now short of sulphur due, in large part, to emission reducing technologies. Research indicates that deficiencies in sulphur, not only reduces yields, but adversely affects quality.
H.J. Baker converts molten sulphur, left over from the refinery process, into fertilizers. The benefits of these fertilizers are broad and include increased resistance to leaching, soil amending properties that improve water penetration and enhance soluble calcium availability, and a reduction of conventional fertilizer usage.
Crops need sulphur to deliver HIGH yields that feed more people and enhance profitability with better quality. H.J. Baker’s fertilizer products are precise and use innovative technology to deliver sulphur to plants where they need it, while helping refineries produce cleaner fuels. From Canada to South America and China to Africa, H.J. Baker’s products are helping growers deliver higher crop yields today and our people are working to increase yields even more for tomorrow.
Certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), we are proud to offer a diverse group of OMRI certified fertilizers to serve today’s market including our sulphur fertilizers and our micronutrient enhanced sulphur fertilizers with iron, zinc, manganese, and copper.
Crops need sulphur to deliver HIGH yields that feed more people and enhance profitability with better quality.
H.J. BAKER: HELPING CUSTOMERS DO MORE WITH LESS
At H.J. Baker our determination to help customers do more with less is a mission we take very seriously and we always have. A commitment to our customers is the foundation of every division, every product, and every sale we make. Our customers are the reason we never stop innovating, testing new precision products, and collaborating to ensure we get it right every day.
It is with profound gratitude that H.J. Baker is able to celebrate our success by giving to others. We strive to support the communities where H.J. Baker employees live and work by giving to local charities at our 22 locations all over the country and sponsoring children in need around the world. Through these by giving to local charities at our 22 locations all over the country, H.J. Baker gives the gifts of knowledge, shelter, clean water, healthcare, and food, and we hope we are also helping to grow communities.
At H.J. Baker our determination to help customers do more with less is a mission we take very seriously and we always have.
The safe handling of products is a top priority to our company. We invest significantly in operations safety and training our employees in safety protocol. With more than 24 years of safety expertise handling sulphur, H.J. Baker’s staff is extremely qualified in safety protocols.
We are committed to sharing this expertise with our customers.
An effective safety program reduces injuries, property damage, improves morale and saves money. It also avoids penalties, business interruptions, injury to reputation; and reduces workers compensation exposure.
H.J. Baker has created a Sulphur Safety section of its website dedicated to training. With it anyone can train staff on the safe use and handling of sulphur and sulphur based products. The training section also has a sulphur safety quiz, answers section, and safety certificate. Our sulphur safety training webinar is available on the website as well.
At H.J. Baker, safety is our number one operational priority and our people make certain to share their knowledge and expertise throughout the industry.
RESEARCH & education
H.J. Baker’s TIGER® University is a valuable resource center for employees, agronomists, dealers, growers, and industry professionals. Our newsletters, research, webinars, website resources, and experts all have one primary focus: increasing crop yields and food production.
TIGER® TECH NEWSLETTER
TIGER® University’s TIGER®TECH Newsletter shares knowledge and experience gathered by TIGER-SUL’s internal team of experts and specialists in chemistry, agronomy, and biology. Through ongoing research and development work, we continually reinvest in a more productive future. We believe this investment will help bring us all to the next level of precision in agriculture.
TIGER® University’s webinars are free and open to anyone. They offer an extensive body of research and development dedicated to achieving optimum production and quality levels. These webinars often qualify participants to receive CEU and CEA.
Sharing knowledge improves the industry and helps move everyone forward.
INVESTING in GLOBAL DIVERSITY
We are very pleased to partner with Chemical Initiatives in Africa to create a sulphur facility in Umbogintwini, Africa. Chemical Initiatives has an excellent reputation, advanced manufacturing expertise, and sustainable practices foundation. This TIGER-SUL pastillation facility supplies the African continent with the much needed sulphur for improved crop yields and quality. CHINA and Brazil are also home to partnerships and manufacturing facilities that help us innovate globally.
H.J. Baker’s newest facility Irricana, Canada is an enhanced Research & Development facility with test-plots on site that demonstrate first-hand how products improve crop health and increase yield. Irricana is a facility that showcases our commitment to Agriculture retailers and growers.
H.J. Baker’s partnerships can last for generations, and as we look globally for new partners, we seek the same qualities: responsible companies built to last.
INNOVATING FOR PRECISION: Amino Acid Availability
H.J. Baker’s Formulation technology ensures consistent feed nutrients by accurately measuring specific amino acids for digestibility and use by the bird. Every formula can be adjusted for our customers to ensure that the precise delivery of amino acids is exceptionally reliable. This precision technology avoids deficiencies in amino acid availability and delivers feed efficiency through measurable profiles. This attention to specific formulations extends across our entire line of feed ingredient products.
Earning the right to display the Safe Feed/Safe Food logo means we have demonstrated that our facilities exceed industry standards and we are working toward a sustainable, safer future. Taking steps to reduce risks are at the core of AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food initiative and all of H.J. Baker’s feed manufacturing plants are certified.
We take food safety seriously reducing risks to our customers and, as important, their customers.
INNOVATIVE PRECISE EFFICIENT
Successful dairy farmers already know overfeeding crude protein wastes resources because high-producing dairy cows need the amino acids in protein, not crude protein.
Balancing for amino acids in dairy herds delivers more milk and improved milk component quality using less crude protein. It has other sustainability benefits including:
• Improving feed efficiency
• Increasing productivity by affecting
• Metabolism and immune function
• Lowering protein lost in manure
• Reducing nitrogen output
We have achieved precision nutrition in dairy feed ingredients and we continue to innovate in the field. Our R&D directive is to help dairy farmers achieve optimum quality and production levels.
We never stop innovating and testing new products to ensure our technology is effective and consistent.