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.
The assessment teams followed the FLAʼs IEM methodology, which comprises four main components: (1) visit to Syngenta’s local offices, (2) visit to supply chain intermediaries like seed organizers, (3) visits to interview growers and farmers, and (4) external stakeholder consultations. FLA external monitors visited a total of 119 smallholder farms, which included 25 farms in Maharashtra, 53 in Andhra Pradesh and 41 in Karnataka. Assessors interviewed a total of 192 workers who were involved in hybridization, pollination, and de-tasseling activities: 51 in Maharashtra, 74 in Andhra Pradesh, and 67 in Karnataka.
The executive summary below summarizes the FLA’s findings for its 2015 - 2016 assessments and the companies’ responses to those findings, and summarizes the progress and remaining gaps in remediation of issues found during previous assessments in 2013 and 2014. The verification report shows that gaps remain to be addressed in payment of minimum wages to workers, implementation of age verification processes and maintaining records at farm level, and raising awareness of all workers that Syngenta follows a Workplace Code of Conduct and maintains grievance mechanisms.