Fair labor in India
It's well known that India faces labor and worker welfare challenges. We've long recognized our responsibility to address these issues as they relate to the agriculture industry. We also know we can't do this alone. This is why we work with many local, national and international partners. Since 2004, we've partnered with the FLA to address labor standards and worker welfare in our seed supply chain. We're proud of our progress but there's still much to do.
Together with the FLA, we address issues including child labor, health and safety, awareness of workers’ rights, wages and benefits, hours of work, harassment and abuse, and discrimination. With their guidance and expertise, we developed our Fair Labor Program. Our compliance program includes (1) adopting and communicating workplace standards (2) training staff to assess and remediate non-compliance issues (3) conducting internal assessments of facilities and (4) providing workers with confidential reporting channels.
This ground-breaking work eventually resulted in our receiving full FLA accreditation in India in 2015, the result of tireless efforts to ensure our operations meet the highest ethical standards, in line with our long-term commitment to look after every worker, throughout our entire supply chain.
Thousands of Syngenta employees in India work every day to help farmers improve the quality of life for their families and communities. We will continue to investigate any claims of grower mistreatment and exploitation as we work with the FLA to remain fully committed to fair labor compliance throughout our supply chains in India, and worldwide.