In January and May of 2015, in 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 province of Buenos Aires) and three in Brazil (in the provinces of Goais, Minas Gerais, and Parana) where Syngenta is sourcing corn, sunflower, and soybean seeds.
Teams consisting of a mix of FLA staff and external assessors visited two large farms in Argentina and seven farms in Brazil covering approximately 903 hectares of corn and sunflower seed production in Argentina and 2,285 hectares of corn and soybean production in Brazil. They interviewed 197 workers who were involved in detasseling and field maintenance activities. The below report summarizes the FLA’s findings for its 2014-2015 assessments, the companies’ responses to the 2014-2015 findings, and company actions taken in 2014 in response to the 2013 round of assessments.