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.
Assessor teams visited two corn and sunflower farms in Argentina and five corn and sunflower farms in Brazil. They interviewed 123 workers who were involved in detasseling, harvesting, and roughing activities. The executive summary below summarizes the FLA’s findings from its 2016 assessments, the company’s responses to those findings, and the progress and remaining gaps identified in the 2016 round of assessments in comparison with the 2015 findings for the same two countries. Individual assessment reports appear below the executive summary.