In 2017, the FLA conducted three unannounced independent monitoring visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s seed supplier farms. Assessors conducted two of these visits in Hungary in July at farms producing sunflower and corn seeds, and one in October in Turkey during the sunflower harvest.
Assessors visited ten large- and medium-sized farms in Hungary and 21 small farms in Turkey, interviewed a total of 243 out of 566 workers employed at the farms (64 in Hungary and 179 in Turkey). The assessment teams followed the FLAʼs Independent External Monitoring methodology, which comprises four main components: (1) visits to Syngenta’s local offices, (2) visits to supply chain intermediaries like seed organizers, labor contractors, or recruitment agencies, (3) farm visits, and (4) external stakeholder consultations.
The report below summarizes the FLA’s findings for its 2017 assessments in Hungary and Turkey and the companies’ responses those findings.