Symrise sources around 10,000 different raw materials from more than 100 countries. The complexity of our supply chain is enormous. Our natural raw materials are sourced through a range of supply chains, often originating from fields, farms and forests in Africa, Asia and South America. Some of these strategic raw materials are used only in our industry.
Long-term growth is only possible if we continue to be in the position to ensure both raw material availability and quality, while remaining competitive when it comes to pricing. As social and environmental conditions influence the quality, availability and price of the raw materials we use, it is not just a question of responsible sourcing practices, but it is also in our own long-term commercial interest to establish and promote the highest environmental and social standards across all of our purchasing processes.
We pursue this approach with our responsible sourcing model, relying on long-term contracts and cooperation with our suppliers, on social and ecological commitment locally, and on strategic partnerships with our key customers.
You can read more about our progress in our corporate report or on this website.
|Challenges for Sustainable Sourcing||Requirements of our Stakeholders|
|Price Volatility of Raw Materials||Competitive Prices|
|Ensuring Product Quality||Environmentally Friendly Sourcing|
|Permanent Ability to Deliver||Local Sourcing|
|Local Sourcing||Socially Responsible Sourcing|
|Risks Brought on by Climate Change|
Observance of Human Rights
Certification of Raw Materials
Traceability of Raw Materials
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Symrise vanilla now fulfills the strict requirements of the Rainforest Alliance. A group of 1,073 farmers from 29 villages in the SAVA region was certified in accordance with the SAN standard for sustainable agriculture. To help the farmers attain certification, Symrise employees worked intensively with them as partners for many months to implement various measures. The company has been active in Madagascar for many years and has committed itself to procuring 100 percent of its vanilla under fair conditions. This certification is another important milestone along the way.
Social Business in Ghana
As part of our partnership with PlaNet Finance, one of the co-initiators of the Star Shea Network, we have invested in the responsible sourcing of shea butter in Ghana. The natural raw material is a well-established component of many cosmetic products. In this way, Symrise ensures its continued access to high-quality, fairly traded and completely traceable shea butter. We will continue to intensify our cooperation with Star Shea in the coming years.
Symrise started a pilot project in Madagascar in 2012 for the planting of the tropical grass vetiver. While vetiver oil is an important raw material for perfumers with its woody, balsamic fragrance, the plants are also useful for combating soil erosion with their long, widely spreading root systems. Soil erosion is a serious problem in Madagascar. For the farmers, the sale of vetiver roots also represents a welcome source of additional income.
A Sustainable Decision
Lavender from southern France has always been an important raw material for perfumers. In 2012, Symrise decided to source CENSO-certified lavender and lavender oils in the future and, in doing so, support the French lavender industry’s sustainable approach. At the same time, we have also been supporting the CRIEPPAM research center since 2012 and working exclusively with the researchers on new and promising lavender qualities. Further information is available at: http://www.censo-lavande.fr/en
Onions are an important component in nearly every culinary application and, for Symrise, one of the vegetable products with the highest volume. For over 60 years, we have purchased this raw material from within the direct vicinity of our Holzminden site. The short distances from the field to the factory help keep transport to a minimum. The process residues from production are then used in biogas plants to produce electrical energy, heat and fertilizer. This gives our onion extracts and flavors an extremely low carbon footprint. Everyone benefits from this approach: Our customers receive unique culinary specialties, the local farmers have planning security thanks to long-term contracts and we are assured of harvest-fresh quality and constant availability of supply.
Secure Base of Raw Materials
In June 2012, the new high-efficiency production system for synthetic, nature-identical menthol became operational in Holzminden. With an investment of € 16 million, Symrise doubled its production capacities and expanded its worldwide market leadership with regard to this key raw material.
Responsibility for resources
Symrise has decided to cease production of the skinsoothing active ingredient from the candeia tree that grows in the Brazilian rainforest because a sustainable supply can no longer be ensured. In the future Symrise will concentrate on producing nature-identical bisabolol.
Union for Ethical BioTrade
Symrise, Scent & Care Division Brazil is a Trading Member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade, an association that promotes the ’Sourcing with Respect’ of ingredients derived from biodiversity. As a member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade, Symrise, Scent & Care Division Brazil has committed to gradually ensure that its sourcing practices promote biodiversity conservation, respect traditional knowledge, and ensure an equitable sharing of benefits. For more information, including access to public reports on the implementation of Symrise, Scent & Care Division Brazilʼs commitments please go to www.ethicalbiotrade.org.