Our research revealed that Swiss-based Syngenta plays a key role in the industry of highly hazardous pesticides. Selling HHPs (as classsified by PAN) is at the core of Syngenta’s business model.
We ask Syngenta to:
- stop taking advantage of weaker regulations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to sell pesticides that have been banned in Switzerland or in the EU because of their effects on human health or the environment
- stop producing and selling highly hazardous pesticides globally. Syngenta should present a detailed, time-bound plan on how it will phase out all of its pesticides that are on the PAN list of highly hazardous pesticides.
Switzerland can’t look away anymore
As Syngenta’s host country, Switzerland has a special responsibility. The Swiss authorities must adopt binding rules to fight this illegitimate and highly dangerous business, by:
- Establishing mandatory human rights due diligence for companies based in Switzerland, as proposed by the Responsible Business Initiative;
- Prohibiting the export of pesticides that have been banned in Switzerland because of their impact on human health and the environment, as demanded in a motion filed by National Councillor Lisa Mazzone;
- Unequivocally supporting the efforts in favour of an international legally binding treaty to phase out highly hazardous pesticides and replace them with safer alternatives.
Future generations have to be protected from the damaging consequences of highly hazardous pesticides. It is time to act and regulate the irresponsible global trade in poisons, and end the double standards that have permitted it to flourish.