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Basel, Switzerland
Brands and Associated Companies:
Atrazine, Adama Agricultural Solutions, Nidera Seeds B.V.
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Syngenta appears to be actively engaged with climate change policy, taking a positive stance in its top-line messaging on climate action and the energy transition. However, Syngenta appears to have limited engagement with specific climate policies in the EU and US.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Syngenta appears to be strongly supportive of climate action in its top-line messaging. In its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure, Syngenta expressed support for the EU Green Deal and the 2050 carbon neutrality target. Furthermore, Syngenta supported the United States’ re-entry to the UN Paris Agreement in an open letter in 2021, urging the US government to implement “durable national policies that harness market forces.” Additionally, a joint letter, signed in July 2021 by Syngenta’s CEO Erik Fyrwald, advocated to policymakers to support more ambitious climate regulations and asked them to commit to 1.5C-aligned Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) before COP26, that halve emissions by 2030.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Syngenta does not appear to have actively engaged with specific climate regulations, although it has regularly signed open letters expressing support for certain policies. In a December 2020 interview, Syngenta’s CEO Erik Fyrwald stated support for carbon credit markets, and a 2021 joint letter by the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, signed by the CEO, called for a global emissions trading system, with an increasing carbon price, and a global carbon market. In addition, Syngenta signed a letter addressed to US President Biden in April 2021, in support of greenhouse gas emission targets, urging the President to adopt the target of cutting GHG emissions by 50% by 2030.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Syngenta appears to support the energy transition. In its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure, Syngenta stated support for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy, however, without going into detail on specific measures to achieve this. A 2021 joint letter signed by Erik Fyrwald as part of the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders called for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, the phase out of coal and promoted the electrification of transportation.

Industry Association Governance: Syngenta does not appear to have published a detailed disclosure of its industry association membership, but disclosed a list of partnerships and memberships in its 2020 ESG Report. It did not disclose further details of the company's role within each organization's governing bodies, nor their climate change policy positions. The list omitted membership of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI), which are negatively engaging on climate policy in the EU. Syngenta has not published a review of its alignment with industry associations.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.