Code of Conduct
Syngenta Group is committed to operating at the highest standards of ethics and integrity. This is a commitment that we are making to investors, customers, society and employees.
The Syngenta Group Code of Conduct sets out the standards we will uphold and integrates our business, social and environmental responsibilities into everything we do. It applies to Syngenta Group and Syngenta Group companies and their employees.
Every employee of Syngenta Group and its companies receives a copy of the Code of Conduct and is expected to know, understand and apply it without exception. Managers are expected to lead by example, hold regular discussions about compliance with their employees, and create a safe environment for employees to speak up about concerns. Managers and employees will have access to programs and tools for training, measuring compliance, and assessing risks.
The Code of Conduct covers the following areas:
- Compliance with law
- Competition law
- Bribery and corruption
- Securities trading (Insider dealing)
- Health, Safety and Environment
- Business integrity
- Advertising, sales and marketing practices
- Offering and accepting gifts, services and entertainment
- Political contributions
- Operating in conflict regions
- Animal testing
- Contractual obligations and standards of documentation
- Conflicts of interest
- Environmental impact
- Biological diversity
- Stakeholder communications
- Science, products and property rights
- Research and Development
- Product safety, quality and stewardship
- Asset protection
- Intellectual property rights
- Labor rights
- Discrimination and harassment
Employees of Syngenta Group and Syngenta Group companies are expected to report any suspected violations of the Code of Conduct either directly to their line manager, a member of our Legal, Compliance or Human Resources teams, or on an anonymous basis through our external Compliance Helpline, which is available 24-hours a day in 24 languages.
Violations of this Code of Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action under applicable employment laws and practices. Syngenta Group does not tolerate retaliation against any individual who reports suspected violations of the Code of Conduct in good faith.
EU Whistleblowing Reports
Whistleblowing reports submitted through the Compliance Helpline will be logged by default with Syngenta’s central case management system and will be received and processed by a Regional Compliance Officer that may not reside in the country the report was submitted from. In compliance with EU Whistleblowing Directive 2019/1937 of 23 October 2019, Syngenta maintains reporting channels for EU member states where it is required by law. In addition to the Compliance Helpline, there are local reporting channels that are email-based and are administered by an impartial Local Channel Operators (“LCOs”) in local languages.
Please visit https://www.syngentagroup.com/whistleblowing to find the local reporting channel contact information applicable to your geographical location.