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MINNEAPOLIS — Syngenta’s seed corn facility in Waterloo, Nebraska, has been recognized as a “Nebraska’s Safest Company with Distinction” for 2019, the fifth consecutive year the site has been honored. The award was presented today at a celebration luncheon in La Vista.

The Nebraska’s Safest Companies Award, administered by the National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN), was established to recognize and celebrate companies that make safety a priority, have a commendable safety program, and maintain impeccable safety records based on their industry and size.

The Syngenta Seeds site in Waterloo has remained accident-free for more than two years, representative of more than 250,000 hours safely worked. Additionally, the site has not reported a lost-time injury for more than eight years, translating to more than 1 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.

“Seeing our employees embrace safety for themselves and those around them has been rewarding,” said Kiel Larson, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) lead at the Syngenta Seeds Waterloo site. “They have really taken ownership and are continuously seeking to improve HSE performance.”

The NSCN evaluates all companies that apply for its Safest Companies Award. The council reviews a number of factors, including injury rate, hours worked, safety procedures and management commitment. The Waterloo site ranked the highest in these categories, when compared with other companies within the industry.

“The Waterloo management team’s dedication to safety has fostered a culture that has enabled the site to become one of Nebraska’s Safest Companies,” said Larson. “Our Goal Zero safety initiative drives the performance of the site to continually strive for total compliance on HSE.”

As one of the largest commercial seed corn production facilities Syngenta operates in North America, the Waterloo site is a critical link to delivering corn seed to farmers throughout the Midwest.

The NSCN serves organizations across the state that focus on keeping their employees safe.  Council members regularly visit companies and learn about their programs. More than 1,000 companies in Nebraska are NSCN members.

BASEL, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 8, 2019–Syngenta announced today that it will accelerate its innovation to address the increasing challenges faced by farmers around the world and the changing views of society.

“Farmers today need to manage climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology,” said Alexandra Brand, Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta. “There is a clear call for innovation and more action to address these challenges in ways where everybody wins – from growers to consumers and the environment.”

The announcement follows the completion of more than 150 listening sessions worldwide, engaging a broad cross section of views. The result was a much clearer understanding of what society and farmers expect and what sustainable agriculture means to different groups.

Syngenta’s new approach aims to further improve the way crops are grown and protected, and find solutions that address interconnected environmental, societal and economic challenges.

Work will focus on three areas:

Society and nature guided innovation. Society’s views and environmental needs will increasingly become central drivers for innovation alongside meeting farmers’ needs. New products will be developed in consideration of externally verified sustainability principles.

Strive for the lowest residues in crops and the environment. Syngenta stands by the safety of its highly-regulated products and the role they play in protecting food quality and safety. Nonetheless, Syngenta has listened and will work with partners to further reduce residues in crops without impacting farmer productivity, and continue to improve soil health and prevent soil erosion.

Invest where it matters to farmers and nature. Syngenta will collaborate – with farmers, academia and environmental groups – on researching and developing sustainable solutions. And it will report transparently on the progress and outcomes of these investments.

Mrs. Brand said: “There is an undeniable demand for a shift in our industry. This has been the clear message throughout the listening sessions. We will put our innovation more strongly in service of helping farms become resilient to changing climates and better able to adapt to consumer requirements including reducing carbon emissions and reversing soil erosion and biodiversity decline.”

Next steps include further consultation with stakeholders to develop clear targets and metrics against these focus areas, which will be announced later in the year. Work is also underway to build insights from the listening sessions into the next evolution of The Good Growth Plan in 2020. The Plan, which is in its sixth year, is well on track to deliver all commitments.