— Symrise’s Sustainability Report independently verified and confirmed by DQS CFS GmbH – German Association for Sustainability

— Stakeholders can find details on Symrise’s sustainability efforts on the web

How does Symrise’s work impact the environment, society and the economy? Since 2006, the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer has been reporting these impacts in its annual Sustainability Report. Recently, DQS CFS GmbH – German Association for Sustainability conducted an independent audit and confirmed that the disclosures in the latest publication are complete and correct according to the strict guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Sustainability has a high value at Symrise and is seen in diverse areas – from resource-conserving and low-emission production methods to our commitments on preserving biodiversity, helping our staff advance and maintaining socially equitable cooperations with suppliers from around the world. The company reports on these issues every year in its Sustainability Report. To assure all stakeholders that the report contains the material aspects for evaluating Symrise’s sustainability and that the disclosures and key figures provided were ascertained with the necessary care, DQS has verified and confirmed the report via an audit based on the AA1000 Assurance Standard. The Symrise Sustainability Report 2015 therefore carries the “Trusted GRI Report – Externally Assured” seal.

“Since 2006, we have continually improved our sustainability reporting up to the GRI Level A,” explains Dr. Helmut Frieden, Vice President Corporate Sustainability at Symrise, commenting on the company’s path to receiving the GRI seal. “At the same time, we annually integrate sustainability objectives and programs into our corporate strategy. The external certification from DQS is the next logical step and provides our stakeholders with additional confidence.”

Interested readers can find a summary of Symrise’s Sustainability Record on pages 80 to 89 of the Corporate Report 2015 “Growing Together”. The report can be read online at or downloaded as a PDF. Furthermore, all of the quantitative and qualitative disclosures in Symrise’s Sustainability Record can be viewed in detail at The certificate provided by DQS with information on its methods and audit results can be found in PDF format at

About GRI and DQS

The Global Reporting Initiative GRI is an independent, international institution headquartered in Amsterdam that develops UN-recognized guidelines for corporate sustainability reports on the basis of transparency and with the goal of standardization and comparability. These guidelines can be used by companies of all sizes. With this, the GRI aims to promote sustainable business worldwide.

Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, DQS CFS GmbH – German Association for Sustainability is a provider of objective audits based on technical and industry-specific standards as well as recognized norms. It provides certification and audit services surrounding aspects of sustainability and consumer safety.

About Symrise

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials, as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements.

With sales of € 2.602 billion in the 2015 fiscal year and a market share of twelve percent, Symrise is among the top three suppliers in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented with 40 locations in over 35 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in every part of its corporate strategy. DQS certified Symrise as a “Green Company” in 2013.

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