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 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. 

For the assessment year 2015-2016, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) and independent external verification (IEV) visits to assess working conditions in Syngenta’s corn supply chain in Thailand between the months of September 2015 and April 2016. Three assessments were conducted, two IEMs in Suphanburi and Lampang, and one IEV in Tak Province. The IEV assessed the progress of Syngenta’s remediation of non-compliances found at the farm level in previous monitoring visits done two years ago (2013) in the same villages.

In August 2016, FLA Participating Company Syngenta was scheduled to begin the first phase of its pilot project for ensuring minimum wage payments to seed production workers, as a step toward fair compensation at Syngenta-supplying farms in India. The first phase of the project will cover approximately 750 farmworkers in all production capacities in as many as seven villages producing hot pepper seeds in the state of Maharashtra, with the second phase (set to begin in October) covering nearly 2000 corn de-tasseling workers in ten to 15 villages in Andhra Pradesh.

From November 2015 to February 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 in Argentina and Brazil. Two assessments took place in Argentina (in the province of Buenos Aires) and three in Brazil (in the provinces of Goais, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo) where Syngenta is sourcing corn and sunflower seeds.  Assessor teams visited two corn and sunflower farms in Argentina and seven corn farms in Brazil.

In July and August 2015, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) and independent external verification (IEV) visits at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms in Hungary, Romania, and Turkey.  Monitoring visits provide an independent assessments of working conditions at farms; verification visits assess remediation progress following previous monitoring visits.

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 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. 

For the assessment year 2015-2016, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) and independent external verification (IEV) visits to assess working conditions in Syngenta’s corn supply chain in Thailand between the months of September 2015 and April 2016. Three assessments were conducted, two IEMs in Suphanburi and Lampang, and one IEV in Tak Province. The IEV assessed the progress of Syngenta’s remediation of non-compliances found at the farm level in previous monitoring visits done two years ago (2013) in the same villages.

In August 2016, FLA Participating Company Syngenta was scheduled to begin the first phase of its pilot project for ensuring minimum wage payments to seed production workers, as a step toward fair compensation at Syngenta-supplying farms in India. The first phase of the project will cover approximately 750 farmworkers in all production capacities in as many as seven villages producing hot pepper seeds in the state of Maharashtra, with the second phase (set to begin in October) covering nearly 2000 corn de-tasseling workers in ten to 15 villages in Andhra Pradesh.

From November 2015 to February 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 in Argentina and Brazil. Two assessments took place in Argentina (in the province of Buenos Aires) and three in Brazil (in the provinces of Goais, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo) where Syngenta is sourcing corn and sunflower seeds.  Assessor teams visited two corn and sunflower farms in Argentina and seven corn farms in Brazil.

In July and August 2015, during periods of peak seed production activity, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) and independent external verification (IEV) visits at Syngenta‘s seed supplier farms in Hungary, Romania, and Turkey.  Monitoring visits provide an independent assessments of working conditions at farms; verification visits assess remediation progress following previous monitoring visits.

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