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From the Syngenta website: Syngenta is guided by the conviction that value creation depends on the successful integration of business, social and environmental performance. Syngenta is committed to promote and maintain high standards of corporate responsibility worldwide in an industry that is essential to global agriculture and food production. The company acts in accordance with its Code of Conduct and its Health, Safety and Environmental Policy, which respect human rights and embrace internationally accepted regulations and the highest scientific standards.

For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted four Independent External Monitoring (IEM) visits and one Independent External Verification (IEV) visit to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s supplier farms in India. The assessments covered around 220 acres of farmland located in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.  In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, assessors continued to find workers paid below the minimum wage (the subject of an ongoing pilot project by Syngenta), including some workers paid less than half the local legal minimum.

For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s corn supply chain in Thailand between the months of October 2016 and May 2017. The assessments covered around 30 acres of corn farms located in Kanchanaburi, Lampang, and Tak provinces.

From December 2016 to March 2017, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms in Argentina and Brazil. Two assessments took place in Argentina (covering farms in the provinces of San Luis and Mendoza) and two in Brazil (in the province of Uberlandia and state of Parana) where Syngenta is sourcing corn and sunflower seeds.

In July and August 2016, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms – two assessments in Hungary and two in Turkey in the corn and sunflower supply chains. Teams consisting of external assessors visited eight large and medium-sized farms in Hungary and 21 small farms in Turkey.

In December of 2014, DanWatch, a Danish civil society organization that monitors the corporate social responsibility of multinational companies, posted to its website the documentary “Seeds of Debt” by journalist Jens Pedersen.   The documentary reported instances of exploitative high-interest money lending to farmers in rural Andhra Pradesh, India – including to farmers producing seeds for FLA affiliate Syngenta.  Footage of an interview conducted with a Hyderabad-based agricultural research expert, who has assessed Syngenta farms on behalf of the FLA, went...
Rohini Chandrasekaran, FLA’s Agriculture Program Coordinator, recently visited several Syngenta-contracted farms producing hybrid vegetable seeds in India. Syngenta is a Participating Company in the FLA. One of the objectives of her trip was to learn more about the impact of Sygenta’s affiliation with FLA on the lives of workers. This is a guest post from Rohini. I visited a farm in Giroli, where sweet pepper, watermelon, marigold, hot pepper, and tomato seeds are grown for Syngenta. The farm has been associated with Syngenta for the past 20 years. According to the farmers, their...
There are some interesting new postings on the FLA web site related to the FLA’s Syngenta project. As FLA groupies know, that project relates to the FLA’s unique application of its methodologies used in the apparel industry to agriculture. Several years ago the FLA was asked to address the problem of the use of child labor in the Indian seed supply chain. The FLA commissioned two independent studies to assess the risks and then, based on the result of these studies , developed a new approach to internal and external monitoring of labor standards. In addition to the child labor...

For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted four Independent External Monitoring (IEM) visits and one Independent External Verification (IEV) visit to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s supplier farms in India. The assessments covered around 220 acres of farmland located in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.  In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, assessors continued to find workers paid below the minimum wage (the subject of an ongoing pilot project by Syngenta), including some workers paid less than half the local legal minimum.

For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s corn supply chain in Thailand between the months of October 2016 and May 2017. The assessments covered around 30 acres of corn farms located in Kanchanaburi, Lampang, and Tak provinces.

From December 2016 to March 2017, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms in Argentina and Brazil. Two assessments took place in Argentina (covering farms in the provinces of San Luis and Mendoza) and two in Brazil (in the province of Uberlandia and state of Parana) where Syngenta is sourcing corn and sunflower seeds.

In July and August 2016, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms – two assessments in Hungary and two in Turkey in the corn and sunflower supply chains. Teams consisting of external assessors visited eight large and medium-sized farms in Hungary and 21 small farms in Turkey.

For the assessment year 2015 - 2016, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) and independent external verification (IEV) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta‘s supplier farms in India, during the period of November 2015 - March 2016. Four IEMs were conducted in the regions of Buldhana district of Maharashtra (tomato); Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh (rice); and the Koppal district (tomato), and Yerballi, Yellapura, Arasikere districts (hot pepper) of Karnataka. One IEV was conducted in the Khamman district (corn) of Karnataka in January 2016. 

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