Syngenta announced that it has become a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative (TfS), established to assess and drive improvements in the sustainability of chemical industry supply chains. Membership of TfS will also help reinforce the commitments contained in The Good Growth Plan, launched by Syngenta in 2013.
Founded in 2011, TfS has so far brought together 14 international chemical companies to work jointly on supplier audits and supplier assessments on health, safety and the environment, as well as social and ethical issues which support the principles of the UN Global Compact, Responsible Care and the International Labor Organization. TfS vision is to become the global standard for Sustainability in chemical supply chains.
Tom Gray, Syngenta’s Head of Global Sourcing and Production, said: “Syngenta has been assessing the standards of our chemical suppliers for many years through our global audit program. Becoming a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative is recognition of our achievements to date and a key step in further enhancing the sustainability standards of our global supply chains.”
Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Syngenta’s Head of Public Policy and Sustainability, said: “The Together for Sustainability initiative confirms the value of collaboration to define best practices. We have long recognized our responsibility to ensure our supply chains meet the highest ethical standards, especially in developing countries. In particular, joining TfS reinforces our long-term commitment to look after every worker as part of The Good Growth Plan.”
Labor standards are a long-standing priority for Syngenta. Since 2004, the company has partnered with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to address labor standards and worker welfare in its operations and it recently became the first agriculture company to secure FLA accreditation. The company’s program now extends from India to Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.