FIA report has six-step plan
A report from the Fair Labor Association, Seeds of Change, has called for improved wages in India’s agriculture industry.
The report marks the culmination of a three-year pilot project commissioned by Syngenta from Basel.
Through the pilot with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Syngenta was able to improve wages at seeds field production growing areas in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
The report details Syngenta’s six-step action plan to address the issue of low prevailing wages in India. Actions included conducting an internal review of procurement prices and calculations, increasing awareness among internal and external stakeholders, and strengthening wage documentation.
Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan demonstrates the company’s commitment to look after every worker, striving for fair labor conditions across the entire supply chain network.
“Our partnership with the FLA is a critical enabler of ensuring we take care of the safety and human rights of every worker in our supply chain,” Bill Tomlinson, Head of Global Seeds Production & Supply, said on 4 Feb
“Our efforts for fair labor conditions extend across the world, and we hold our suppliers and partners accountable to high standards of health, safety, environmental and working conditions,” said Tomlinson.
In addition, the project highlighted the importance of needing an industrywide approach to make a bigger impact than a single company acting alone.
“This report underscores the urgent need for collective action to lift agriculture workers in India out of poverty. No company can achieve this alone,” said Sharon Waxman, President and CEO of the Fair Labor Association.
“Governments must create a legal framework to require wages that are above the poverty line, and companies need to work together, even in the absence of government leadership, to provide those wages. Only then can we lift millions of agriculture workers in India and around the world out of poverty,” Waxman stressed.
The Syngenta Seeds business currently sources from 12,000 farms in India, either directly or indirectly, and also works with 200 seeds organizers to communicate and manage relationships with farmers. Beyond India, Syngenta is actively engaged in fair labor initiatives across the world.
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies with ambition to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. fiinews.com