In the period from 21st to 25th July 2014, the 24th Environmental Respect Award (http://www.environmentalrespect.com) -program organized by the companies DuPont, CropLife and Farm Chemicals International, was held in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
The aim of this program was to:
The companies that took part in the competition were obliged to prove the highest level of commitment, as well as the initiative for the development of new projects and the improvement of existing ones in the field of environmental protection and occupational safety. Each company represented its own country.
The subject of evaluation included:
Since DuPont is a long-standing business partner to Chemical Agrosava, it has shown confidence and invited Agrosava to apply and present its system, as well as Serbia.
Through answers and accompanying material that supported the application (Chemical Agrosava's website – www.agrosava.com, photos and videos available on the website www.youtube.com), the selection board reviewed all the companies and decided that Chemical Agrosava had fulfilled the highest requirements, so Agrosava won the first place in Europe.
The award for successful implementation and the first place in Europe is the title Ambassador of Respect. A crystal trophy was awarded on July 24, 2014 at the final gala dinner in the crystal hall of the Dupont Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
Aside from Chemical Agrosava, which represented Serbia and Europe, a total of 17 companies from the USA, Australia, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Russia and Turkey attended the award ceremony. During our stay in Wilmington, the company DuPont organized a rich educational and entertainment program.
On the first day, the participants were taken to the The DuPont Country Club where the poster session was held. Each participant had some time to present to the others the company and the country they are coming from. This way all the participants had chance to get acquainted with each other and have a friendly conversation.
On the second day of the stay, the participants had opportunity to go to the trial field on the Cheasapeake Farms, MD Maryland (http://www2.dupont.com/Production_Agriculture/en_US/knowledge_center/ChesapeakeFarmsDirections.html) and learn more about innovations in the field of plant protection.
The total area of this complex is 3,300 hectares. They carry out research and development of agricultural products, as well as good management practices in the introduction and control of the application of new plant protection products.
The National ERA Winner for 2010, Willard Agri-Service, was also the host and introduced the participants to their production of fertilizers.
During the visit to the company, the host presented the innovations in the field of production, sale and application of fertilizers and microelements in agriculture, as well as good practice towards customers, in order to reduce the risks from poor use of products and to increase profit.
Through GPS they collect data on customers and make analyses based on which the company's experts make important decisions about the use of the preparations in that field. The company's mission is to train end-users to use these services, as in this way each customer will receive individual support for the application of the product individually.
On the third day, the host took the participants to DuPont Stine-Haskell Research Center in Newark, DE. This is a center for research and development of new products which employs 500 people. There we learned that it takes 4 to 5 years of research and millions of dollars to make a pesticide and present it to the end user.
Also, we made a tour around the Hagley Museum (http://www.hagley.org/) which shows an example of early American industry, restored mills, the workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the Du Pont family.
Based on what we have seen, the experience we have and our goals, we will fulfill the motto of Chemical Agrosava: "Life in Safe Hands".