How we do it

How we do it

 At the heart of our business are innovation, ethical operations and a collaborative mindset. 

Our research and development leads the agricultural industry: we spend US$1.4bn a year on R&D and regularly bring new products to market, even though this can take up to 13 years. 

Our Corporate Responsibility performance – in areas including environment, labor practices, and human rights – adheres to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which helps businesses communicate their impact on sustainability issues. 

Collaboration is essential to our innovation. We work in partnership with academia, NGOs and other agricultural businesses, and we encourage innovators to reach out to us through our thoughtseeders® platform.


insects on a plant

The focus of our innovation

How we make new products

Agriculture is one of the most regulated sectors of the world economy. Bringing a new crop protection product or seed to market is a long, complex process, ensuring safety for people and the environment. 

farmers field stakeholder engagement

How we listen to our stakeholders

Join the conversation about the future of agriculture



More than a third of the world’s agricultural crops depend on pollination by bees and insects. On this International Day for Biological Diversity, take a moment to learn how farmers can become more productive while supporting biodiversity around their fields. See how:

02:30 PM – 22 MAY 2017

Plant breeding has helped us get the most out of plants for millennia. On this Fascination of Plants Day, ESA European Seed Association celebrates how far we’ve come and where we’re going in the evolution of plant breeding: #PlantDay See how:

10:56 AM – 18 MAY 2017

What’s new at our R&D facility in Stein? That was the question last week as researchers showed off their latest innovations in seedcare, data management, plant monitoring systems and much more. It was a terrific opportunity for scientists from a variety of disciplines to see all the ways we’re advancing agricultural technology, together. See how:

11:31 AM – 16 MAY 2017

Do you have a great idea for a sustainable social venture?Whether you're running an enterprise or just have an innovative idea – the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia welcomes your submission. The Syngenta Agriculture Social Enterprise Award will be given to the best agriculture social enterprise with impact in Asia. Don't wait...the deadline for submissions is May 14!Learn more and apply at: See how:

01:48 PM – 12 MAY 2017

“If we take good care of our soil, it’s not only good from an environmental aspect, but it can improve our productivity too.” Peter explains the difference The Good Growth plan is making on his farm: See how:

07:10 AM – 10 MAY 2017

Our colleagues in Iowa are tending to one of the world’s most interesting plants: the Corpse Plant. It can take nearly a decade between blooms (that last only a day or two) and smell like rotting fish, sweaty socks and strong cheese. In other words, it STINKS! See how:

11:07 AM – 05 MAY 2017

Some of our Basel colleagues took time out to meditate in one of our headquarters’ green spaces in celebration of Garden Mediation Day. There’s nothing like a respite in nature to relax, recharge, refresh and become your most productive self! See how:

12:54 PM – 03 MAY 2017

Collaboration is the guiding principle behind the new design of our offices in Research Triangle Park (RTP) North Carolina. The Syngenta RTP Innovation Center houses 31,000m2 of state-of-the-art offices, labs, and greenhouses that are designed to help teams collaborate more easily with one another. Read more about our office transformation: See how:

11:10 AM – 01 MAY 2017

For World Malaria Day, we’re taking a look at the progress that’s been made and the hard work that remains in the fight against one of the world’s deadliest preventable diseases. See how our culture of innovation is helping to dramatically reduce the rate of malaria infection across Africa. See how:

02:28 PM – 25 APR 2017

The Good Growth Plan is making great strides across all 6 commitments. Meet some of the people behind those successes, and see how we’re improving agriculture together. See how:

09:43 AM – 18 APR 2017

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Looking for more information about how our business and the agricultural industry work? Read our publications, or check our FAQs.

More information

Annual Review
The Agricultural Disconnect
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