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Diversity&Inclusion Initiative

“Our programs aim to benefit smallholders regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion or other such differences. We are committed to ensuring an inclusive workplace for all staff, where diversity of person, thought and experience are valued and respected. We wish to work alongside like-minded partners to promote these principles.” 

Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. 

 

Our Diversity

The Foundation’s headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland. Our country and regional staff are primarily based in:

  • Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, China, South-East Asia
  • Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya

Our more than 150 employees represent some 15 nationalities and a wide variety of professional backgrounds. 

Why it means so much for us

We want to support smallholders, but first, we need to understand their needs. By knowing different groups’ roles and preferences, we can build on their strengths, and provide access to what they lack.

Women play crucial roles in agriculture. They are usually the main farmworkers, and the local sellers, buyers, and preparers of food. But they are typically heavily disadvantaged.

SDG 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls is important. It highlights gender equality as a human right and a basis for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. Women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 

Focus on neglected groups. Other social groups also need empowerment, e.g. rural youth. This increasingly affects decisions by development agencies, the private sector, and our program partners.

Our Diversity&Inclusion Policy

With our Policy, we want to promote practices that create and maintain a supportive, high-performance, team-orientated culture in order to:

  • Enable the development of agricultural innovations for smallholders, and for them to use these innovations productively and profitably
  • Encourage partnerships and develop scalable programs with high and inclusive impact
  • Help attract, retain and advance capable, skilled persons in our teams by valuing diversity and inclusion, investing in development and opportunities, and providing a fair and safe working environment for all.

Our Diversity&Inclusion Policy: Key topics

  • Innovation and creativity: We want to encourage Diversity & Inclusion to promote innovation & creativity for all our staff
  • Beneficiaries: We want to better understand smallholders’ and agri-entrepreneurs’ individual needs and wishes, so they can participate fully in local economic life.
  • Staff: We respect the unique contributions that different social groups bring to our workplaces and collaborations.
  • Safety in diversity: We are pushing for a working environment in which employees feel safe to be themselves, without fear of discrimination.
  • Collaborations: We promote diversity throughout our programs and partnerships.
  • Monitoring performance: We want to maintain a high-performing culture that values diversity.
  • Collective responsibility: All our employees respect the Diversity & Initiative Policy in offices, project sites, and programs.

Diversity&Inclusion Champions

The D&I Champions are our regional “face and voice” for topics related to Diversity & Inclusion. They act as good examples and encourage the local application of SFSA’s D&I Policy and related action plan. Discover below who are they:


Nourin Akhter
Bangladesh


Moshfequel Alam Talukder
Bangladesh


Yuwei Duan
China


Parikrama Chowdhry
India


Rajendra Jog
India


Adisti Novarinda
Indonesia


Amam Ahmad
Indonesia


Jackline Chemtai
Kenya


Samuel Guindo
Mali


Ye Pyae Kyaw
Myanmar/Mekong


Ousmane Sow
Senegal


Marnie Pannatier 
Switzerland

Diversity&Inclusion Steering Committee

Hubert Scherler Rebecca - Legal Counsel 
Johnson-Chadwick Victoria - Interim Head of Agricultural Partnerships
Winter Simon - Executive Director 
Vivienne Anthony - Senior Scientific Advisor
Osure George - Country Director Kenya
Reddy Baskar - Country Director India
Castle Paul - Communications Director
Cisse Mamadou Gueladio - Communications Manager