Local environmental laws and regulations, and the way in which they are enforced, vary greatly around the world. We treat all local requirements as the minimum standard and often go much further as part of our consistent approach to compliance across our business.
We maintain Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management systems across all our sites to ensure compliance with our own standards and external regulations. Each site measures and monitors its environmental impacts. Unplanned releases from our chemical manufacturing activities are a particular concern and we allocate significant resources to prevent such incidents. We report our environmental compliance in our Annual Review (p. 59).
Syngenta also produces an annual Letter of Assurance, which covers a review of HSE risks, local performance, compliance with legal requirements and Syngenta HSE Policy and Standards, and progress against HSE improvement plans. This method ensures that local managers take personal accountability for the management of risks and all compliance issues.
Compliance and risk management is integrated and reviewed in all functions of Syngenta as part of operational management and governance. Risk and compliance issues are addressed, and escalated, if necessary, to the Syngenta Executive Committee and Board-level Corporate Responsibility Committee (CRC) review twice a year.