Engagement activities FAQ

Engagement activities

Engagement activities

How does Syngenta engage with stakeholders?

We engage with stakeholders on a variety of issues to help us shape our understanding of the corporate responsibility issues we must address every day. We communicate with different types of stakeholders in different ways. For example:

  • Growers – we use our marketing and sales practices to ensure that growers can get the full benefits of our products by improving yields and crop quality.

  • Industry – we engage with peers through industry organizations.

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – we partner with NGOs on specific issues.

  • Investors – we communicate and hold regular meetings with investors through our investor relations team.

  • Employees – we communicate regularly with employees and use local workshops to gauge their views.

  • Governments – we put forward our position on relevant issues and seek dialogue on those issues.

The Good Growth Plan exemplifies our engagement with stakeholders. In 2013, we commissioned a global research study involving over 7,500 people in 13 countries to assess their perceptions on the topic of food security and the challenges of agriculture. We listened to stakeholders and their concerns about our business, agriculture and the environment. As a result, we developed six commitments and we are seeking to work in partnership with governments, farmers, NGOs, international organizations and academics to take our contribution to a new level.

Learn more about how we engage with stakeholders and about our materiality assessment.

What international or sector initiatives does Syngenta endorse?

Syngenta is a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) – the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative. We have committed to aligning our operations with the 10 principles set out by the Compact, for issues concerning human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We actively engage in UNGC work groups such as the CEO Water Mandate and the UNGC Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles.

Our Code of Conduct establishes our commitment to comply with all labor laws, national and international codes and conventions, and to uphold the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s Core Conventions.

Syngenta also adheres to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and collaborates with select government members of the CBD to facilitate development of National Biodiversity Action Plans and implementation of selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020.

In support of The Good Growth Plan, we have signed agreements with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) – expanding our existing partnership, Together for Sustainability (TfS) for chemical supply chain management, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on access to technology and services for smallholders, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on a soil leadership academy.

How does Syngenta share value with communities?

Syngenta contributes to the economies and communities of the countries where we operate in many ways. The biggest contribution we make to communities is through our products and services which help improve food security for many millions of people. We aim to increase the value that we share with communities by offering training and advice that help millions of farmers to improve productivity, increase resource efficiency, and earn a better living. As our business continues to grow, we also contribute through direct and indirect employment.

We also support local initiatives that address environmental issues, improve access to technology, increase health and nutritional awareness, and enhance science and education. We do this through direct financial contributions, in-kind contributions and staff time spent on sponsorship, donation and community engagement programs.

Read more in our Annual Review (p. 42)

Does Syngenta have a Sponsorship and Donation Policy?

Our policy on sponsorship and donations sets out a global framework to ensure consistency in our approach and ensure we maximize the impact of our sponsorships and donations. Our main areas of focus are: water efficiency, land use efficiency, biodiversity conservation, health and nutrition, and science and education. We also support sponsorships and donations to culture and art, society, and sport to improve our engagement with local communities.

We also make donations to humanitarian organizations to support communities that have been affected by disasters. Our contributions target two key focus areas - health and nutrition, and the rebuilding of productive agricultural systems.

What type of community investment does Syngenta do?

Our community investment programs focus on supporting the communities where we operate, as well as investing to promote long-term development. Our contributions include charitable donations, sponsorship, or in-kind investment through our people and products.

We focus our efforts in areas directly relevant to our business, where we can use our expertise to maximize support. These include: water, land use, biodiversity, health and nutrition, science and education. We adapt our approach to suit local needs and engage on those topics relevant to our stakeholders.

Read more in our Annual Review (p. 42)

What does the “Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture” focus on?

Based in Basel, Switzerland, the Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Syngenta under Swiss law. The Foundation can access company expertise but is legally independent, and has its own Board in place. While Syngenta works with commercial growers, the Foundation supports pre-commercial growers.

Read more about the Syngenta Foundation

Is Syngenta included in any sustainability indexes?

Syngenta has been a member of the FTSE4Good Index since 2005. This is one of the best known and referenced environmental, social and governance (ESG) indices and is used by socially responsible investors and stakeholder groups. By assessing environmental and social performance it recognizes leading sustainability-driven companies around the world.

Syngenta was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) between September 2006 and September 2013. In 2013 we made the decision to stop submitting the Corporate Sustainability Assessment questionnaire to RobecoSAM – the organization responsible for conducting the DJSI assessment process. As a consequence, we are not further included in the DJSI.

Following the announcement of our new strategy in 2011, our crop protection and seeds businesses formally merged into one organization with fully integrated systems. Our organization is today structured according to crops. This means that the categorization by RobecoSAM of Syngenta as a ‘chemical company’ no longer represents our organization or its material topics.

Does Syngenta take part in the CDP?

We report greenhouse gas emissions and water use through the CDP. Our score in both programs is "Management (B)". 

View all our submissions at www.cdp.net/en or download our latest submission here: Climate Change and Water.

How does Syngenta engage with sustainability rating agencies or assessment agencies?

Syngenta encourages a fully transparent and independent approach to engagement. We provide information to rating and assessment agencies in a variety of ways. Information is made publicly available on our website, news center and annual report. We also provide information in response to direct questions and requests for information.

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