Syngenta Crop Protection named one of Canada's top 100 employers

    GUELPH, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Syngenta Crop Protection Canada, Inc., a
leading Canadian agribusiness, has been selected as one of Canada's Top 100
Employers for 2008, in a survey conducted by MediaCorp for Maclean's Magazine.
This is the second year in succession that Syngenta has been awarded this
coveted award. Headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, with a satellite office in
Calgary, Alberta, Syngenta was also named one of Kitchener/Waterloo region's
Top Ten Employers - a new regional awards category for 2008.
    "Syngenta is proud to be recognized for our commitment to our employees,"
says Jay Bradshaw, CEO of Syngenta Crop Protection Canada, Inc. "This is one
of the highest accolades we can achieve as an employer. We strive to provide
our employees with an environment that is both challenging and rewarding, but
also conducive to achieving work/life balance. We also work towards giving
back to the community, and are thrilled that our community involvement and
corporate citizenship program was highlighted in the survey."
    Syngenta was recognized for its wide range of employee benefits and
programs including an annual lifestyle subsidy for each employee, matching
employee's RRSP contributions and offering scholarships for employees'
children, as well as its donation of more than one per cent of pre-tax profits
to charities and community organizations across Canada.
    "Globally, it's the ambition of Syngenta to be recognized as an 'employer
of choice'," says Laurie Vescio, Human Resources Director, Syngenta Canada.
"Being recognized as a Top 100 Employer in Canada helps to demonstrate that we
are on our way to achieving this ambition. Particularly gratifying are the
results from the survey's employee engagement report which shows that 95 per
cent of employees would recommend Syngenta Crop Protection to a friend as a
good place to work and 93 per cent are proud to tell others they work for
    Syngenta was selected as a Top 100 Employer from more than
10,000 Canadian employers who were invited to apply for the award.

    Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable
agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a
leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds
market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs around
21,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock
exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at

    Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This document contains forward-looking statements, which can be
identified by terminology such as 'expect', 'would', 'will', 'potential',
'plans', 'prospects', 'estimated', 'aiming', 'on track' and similar
expressions. Such statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause the actual results to differ materially from these statements. We
refer you to Syngenta's publicly available filings with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks and
uncertainties. Syngenta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking
statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors.
This document does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to
sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for
any ordinary shares in Syngenta AG, or Syngenta ADSs, nor shall it form the
basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefore.

For further information:

For further information: Judy Shaw, Government Affairs Director,
Syngenta Crop Protection Canada, Inc., (519) 837-5328,

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