Hours of work. Wages and benefits. Child labor. Discrimination. These are some of the key issues addressed in Syngenta’s Code of Conduct. They are now featured in a song that reaches out to the many largely illiterate seasonal workers on farms throughout Brazil. The song was produced by Trabalho Rural Tem Que Ser Legal (Rural Work Must Be Fair), an imaginative campaign that shows our commitment to comply with labor standards no matter where we and our suppliers operate.
Launched last year in cooperation with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the initiative has been well received not only by fieldworkers and Syngenta employees in Brazil, but also by government and unions, who view Rural Work Must Be Fair as a benchmark for the agricultural sector. This positive perception and close alignment also helps growers.
“I am pleased that my business was 100% compliant with the standards of Syngenta's Fair Labor Program,” says Marcos Lázaro, who owns a 4,500-hectare farm in the Minas Gerais region, dedicated to multiplying corn seeds for Syngenta. “Fair labor has been a focus of attention for the authorities here, so the audit will help me to comply fully with local regulations.”