More Growth than Good

A Closer Look at Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan

The DB’s 20-page analysis finds that the negative effects of Syngenta’s current company policy, long since established, are deliberately disregarded through the manipulative selection of key indicators. Whether highly toxic pesticides continue to be sold in developing countries to farmers who cannot properly protect themselves, or whether ground water is contaminated by pesticides: these issues apparently interest Syngenta’s PR and CSR experts just as little as whether its smallholder customers earn enough to lead decent lives. In any case, such trivialities are not mentioned in Syngenta’s selective and business-friendly definitions of responsibility and sustainability. 

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