Our stakeholders must have confidence in Syngenta for our business to remain successful. We can only maintain their trust if we act – and are seen to act – in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Our Code of Conduct is a key part of our compliance framework. It demonstrates our commitment to build and maintain trust in Syngenta and to integrate our business, social and environmental responsibilities into everything we do. It has been sanctioned by the Board of Directors and is an integral part of daily business life.
Every Syngenta employee receives a copy of the Code of Conduct and is expected to know, understand and apply it without exception. Discussion sessions with leaders and extensive online training is available to help employees deepen their understanding of the Code of Conduct.
We encourage employees 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 21 languages.
Violations of this Code of Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action under applicable employment laws and practices. Under the umbrella of the Code of Conduct we have made progress towards achieving a holistic view of all compliance and risk management matters across Syngenta.
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
- Dealing with oppressive regimes
- 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
We expect employees to report suspected violations of the Code of Conduct or any other ethical concerns to their managers or a member of the compliance team or through our compliance helpline.