Syngenta Group

Syngenta Group, officially launched in June 2020, brings together four major group companies; Syngenta Seeds, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Group China and Adama (a recently acquired Israel-based crop protection manufacturer). The group now employs close to 50,000 people and has activities spanning more than 100 countries around the world. The Group is owned by ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned chemical company, which acquired the original Syngenta company in 2017.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Syngenta Group publicly discloses several commitments and policies across all three dimensions, under its recently updated Good Growth Plan, but its various subsidiaries have yet to reach a consistent level of reporting. On GHG emissions, Syngenta Group has set a science-based target to reduce carbon intensity by 50% by 2030. It has also established the goal of improving the biodiversity and soil health for 3 million hectares of land each year, while offering digital tools for farmers to reduce the use of pesticides. Syngenta Group has also set a water use intensity reduction target, and Syngenta Seeds is developing vegetable varieties to tackle food loss and waste. In terms of nutrition, although the updated Good Growth Plan does not contain specific targets for access to nutritious foods, Syngenta’s sustainability investment criteria include increasing the nutritional value of crops. No information on workforce nutrition was found. In the social inclusion dimension, the company works with the Fair Labor Association to tackle child and forced labour. The company indicates it has reached 26.5 million smallholder farmers through training and sales and aims to reach 8 million farmers each year with safety training by 2030. No evidence was found of a commitment to pay a living wage or to protect the land rights of vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 23,000,000,000
Major subsidiaries
Syngenta Seeds, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Group China, Adama
Consumer brands
n/a

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.