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Human rights

We respect human rights wherever we operate

Our commitment to human rights is expressed in the Syngenta Code of Conduct. We have processes for monitoring its delivery right across our operations, from the sourcing and production of our seeds, flowers and chemicals to the sale of our products and the advice and training we give to farmers.

We are committed to upholding the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s core conventions. And we strive to keep improving our human rights performance by following the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We also recognize that our impact on human rights goes beyond our direct operations. For instance, by providing products and services that sustain and improve farming we help meet more people’s right to adequate food.

Download the Syngenta Labor Standards

 

External engagement

We support human rights by working with organizations such as the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, United Nations Global Compact and the Fair Labor Association, as well as taking part in a wide range of other activities designed to respect human rights.

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)

GBI is a cross-industry initiative dedicated to advancing human rights in a business context through peer learning, outreach and capacity building, and by informing policy. As a member, we can share our ideas and challenges and learn from other industries. A group of expert advisors makes sure that the conversation stays relevant and informed by the latest policy developments.

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

This UN initiative calls companies to keep their strategies and operations in line with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We’ve been a signatory since 2009.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

The FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. We joined in 2008 as the FLA’s first agricultural affiliate. We’d already been working with the FLA since 2004, initially to address child labor in India. Today our fair labor program in India has received FLA accreditation and we have implemented the program in most of our seed production countries. Find out more about our commitment to “Help people stay safe and healthy.

UK Modern Slavery Act

Our statement on slavery and human trafficking

Under the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, all businesses with annual turnover above £36 million conducting business in the UK must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. Syngenta’s statement details the action we’re taking to ensure that our global supply chain is slavery free.

Download our Statement for the financial year ending December 31, 2019

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Our Code of Conduct

Integrity and ethics are vital to our business and make us a trusted partner. We foster a culture of doing the right thing.

An advocate for fair labor

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Our commitment to fair labor

Working with the Fair Labor Association to set a benchmark for the agricultural sector in Brazil