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Accreditation Assessment of Syngenta's Social Compliance Program in India

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015

The FLA Board of Directors voted on Octobery 7, 2015 to approve the accreditation of Syngenta’s compliance program in India, based on proven adherence to FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct and the provisionally approved Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing for companies with agricultural supply chains. Details on FLA's accreditation methodology can be found at www.fairlabor.org/accreditation.

India is the first country where Syngenta has developed and implemented an internal monitoring system (IMS) at the farm level. The approach was developed in 2006-2007 in close collaboration with the FLA in the form of an FLA special project, aiming at adapting the FLA methodology to agricultural supply chains. Syngenta formally joined the FLA as a Participating Company in February 2009. Syngenta India sources vegetable and field crop seeds from roughly 25,000 smallholders (farms smaller than five acres) over four Indian states: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. To manage such a large supplier base, Syngenta works with approximately 200 seed organizers who work as intermediaries between the company and the growers with the task of organizing seed production activities. Seed organizers’ field production staff, along with Syngenta’s internal staff, are involved in collecting data on farm-level working conditions when performing their routine field visits. Vegetable seed production (okra, watermelon, eggplant, sweet pepper, corn, tomato, hot pepper) has been covered by Syngenta India’s internal monitoring system since 2007; field crop seed production (corn, rice, and sunflower) was included in 2010.

Below, please find the full report assessing Syngenta's headquarter-level social compliance program in India, including an analysis of the FLA's seven years of independent external monitoring of Syngenta's supply chain in India.

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