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



Water is essential for life, but it’s a finite resource. In Colombia, we’ve worked with local communities to plant more than a million trees near sensitive watersheds. The trees help protect the water and soil that is crucial to local communities. Our video showcases the natural beauty of water and its importance. See how:

01:22 PM – 22 MAR 2017

Growth in the agriculture sector is up to four times more effective in raising incomes among poor people than growth in other sectors, says The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Read more See how:

02:45 PM – 20 MAR 2017

CEO Erik Fyrwald: "2016 was another good year for innovation at Syngenta, demonstrating the power of our R&D engine."Explore our Annual Report 2016: See how:

02:22 PM – 15 MAR 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the latest Syngenta Photography Award! See their beautiful, inspirational and thought-provoking approaches to the Grow-Conserve theme in the new online exhibit: See how:

01:52 PM – 13 MAR 2017

12 Months of #Agfacts: #DYK 90% of all rice is grown and consumed in Asia? See how:

02:10 PM – 10 MAR 2017

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to honor the contributions women make to feeding the world every day, as well as the challenges they face and what we can do to help: See how:

04:46 PM – 08 MAR 2017

We’re very excited to open our new Digital Innovation lab at Research Park at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Looking forward to great collaboration leading to new grower solutions! See how:

02:10 PM – 06 MAR 2017

We're so proud of the great work being done by our colleagues in India. Join us in congratulating K C Ravi , Vice President - Commercial Acceptance & Public Policy, and the whole Syngenta India team on their Global CSR Leadership Awards at the recent World CSR Congress. See how:

03:29 PM – 03 MAR 2017

We know you’ve seen a few #mannequinchallenge videos already, but we bet this is the first one that takes you from the lab to a cornfield. Our colleagues in Brazil show how it’s done! See how:

08:55 AM – 02 MAR 2017

Over a quarter million people visit the ‘Show Rural’ trade fair each year in Brazil to check out the latest farming technologies. We were there with the largest booth on site! Watch our video to see for yourself: See how:

01:27 PM – 20 FEB 2017

Like to know more?

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
Our industry 
Syngenta at a glance
Questions about Syngenta


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