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



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

The Farmforce™ mobile platform helps small farmers better manage their holdings and broaden their markets. Initiated by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, it now moves from project to product with the help of Eisblink Holding.“Our Foundation incubates scalable solutions for smallholder farming”, says Executive Director Marco Ferroni. “Since we are a non-profit organization, broad dissemination of our technology requires private sector involvement.” Learn more about Farmforce™ at: See how:

09:35 AM – 13 APR 2017

"Biodiversity, everything that surrounds our area, it’s our responsibility." Luciane Copetti explains how The Good Growth Plan and the Soja+Verde Project help farmers in Brazil preserve biodiversity. See how:

10:40 AM – 10 APR 2017

It’s estimated that there will be more than 20.8 billion Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices by 2020. As the quantity of data collected by these devices in the agricultural sector increases, so does the potential for this data to help feed and nourish the planet while maintaining vibrant rural communities. Elisabeth Fischer, Head of Good Growth Plan Customer Marketing, explains: See how:

07:50 AM – 04 APR 2017

Landscape connectivity supports biodiversity, promotes soil health, protects waterways, and much more. Learn how in the newly-published white paper in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: See how:

10:31 AM – 31 MAR 2017

"Time for Solutions" is this year’s theme of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, taking place today in Brussels. The forum celebrates its 10th edition by renewing its commitment to catalyze and pursue ideas that drive sustainability in the food value chain, from the farm to the dinner table. Follow the conversation online using #FFA2017 and at See how:

08:57 AM – 28 MAR 2017

Together with growers, governments and NGO’s we are making constant progress towards our six Good Growth Plan commitments. See what’s been achieved so far to make agriculture more sustainable: See how:

08:26 AM – 27 MAR 2017

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

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

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Annual Review
The Agricultural Disconnect
Our industry 
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