The fragrance and flavoring manufacturer Symrise is one of the five most sustainable large corporations in Germany, according to a panel of twelve experts of the 2016 German Sustainability Awards. The globally operating company from Holzminden impressed the judges in particular with its systematic sustainability management, continual improvements both in the supply chain and within the company as well as measures to preserve biodiversity. The sustainability awards were presented to companies of different sizes in a total of eleven categories as well as municipalities and researchers during the ninth German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf on November 25, 2016. “It is a great honor and an important recognition to receive the top placement in this competition. It shows us that we are on the right path,” said Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “We hope that other large corporations will be motivated by this to be more socially responsible and adopt more environmentally friendly production methods.”
The award is an initiative of the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with the Federal Government of Germany and various municipal umbrella organizations, trade associations, civic organizations and research institutes. The panel of judges includes scientists and representatives from the environmental protection group NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland e. V.) and the chamber of commerce and industry DIHK (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e. V.).
Sustainability at all Levels
Symrise sees commitment to increased social and ecological sustainability as an integral part of its corporate strategy. The company has created a “Sustainability Board” for this reason, which is headed by Chief Sustainability Officer Hans Holger Gliewe and which drives sustainability efforts throughout the company. One example is the initiative Symchronize™, which identifies areas and opportunities to reduce emissions and the amount of resources used across all levels of the company, including in the supply chain. Symrise also has a particular focus on measures to protect biodiversity in the countries where its plant-based raw materials are produced as well as fair trade relationships with the producer communities.
This is why Symrise sponsors projects that support small-scale farmers, emphasizes environmentally friendly farming and invests in the social infrastructure. The company’s vanilla project in Madagascar and its involvement in the hub of biodiversity known as “Ecoparque” in the Amazon region are part of this. Sustainable production is an integral part of the business model at Symrise: Thanks to innovative methods, the company’s workers in Lower Saxony have been able to save about 50 percent of the fresh water needed to produce menthols as well as 500 kilotons of CO2 each year, for example. The company also extracts raw materials from side streams through its patented SymtrapTM process. Between 2010 and 2015, Symrise managed to reduce its chemical waste by 26 percent and its effluent load by 33 percent.
Symrise on Top in 2016 German Sustainability Awards
More information about the sustainability award can be found at https://www.nachhaltigkeitspreis.de.
Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic base materials and substances, 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 fiscal year 2015 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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