“We pursue innovative paths to promote sustainable farming over the long term.”
Director of Purchasing at Pernod Ricard
Lynne Millar, Director of Purchasing at Pernod Ricard
For one of our iconic products, we need the full flavor of coconut, which we acquire through our reliable partner Symrise from the Philippines, where coconut cultivation is an important source of income for 20 % of the population. However, prices have fallen for the fruit of the coconut palm in recent years, which has resulted in continuously decreasing income for the farmers and their families – a situation further exacerbated by a lack of modern cultivation and harvest technology and indirect access to the market.
For this reason, we launched a develoPPP-project with Symrise and GIZ in 2020 that is dedicated to protecting nature and biodiversity and to improving living conditions in the small farming communities. This project will run for an initial period of four years. In addition to working with local qualified partners to provide training courses on safe work practices, farm management and crop diversification, we also pursue innovative paths to promote sustainable farming over the long term that benefits people. Initial success is already visible. In fact, farmers are cultivating coconuts as well as fast-growing vegetables like eggplants, broad beans and chili peppers on three demonstration farms in an effort to eliminate dependence on a single fruit. In addition to helping 500 coconut farmers increase their income by an average of 15 % and their annual yield by 20 % by 2024, we also plan to improve access to water and sanitary facilities, thereby boosting overall living conditions and strengthening communities.
Sophie Grunze, Project manager for the develoPPP Programme at the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
We have worked in a spirit of mutual trust with Symrise since 2010. Our partnership began in Madagascar. Funded through the develoPPP programme that GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, we helped 500 farmers improve their living conditions and increase their incomes.
Since then, we have continued to work together to launch new projects in Madagascar, which have by now benefited over 7,000 farmers. We train them in sustainable agricultural cultivation methods as well as business and financial management and how to diversify their income. For this purpose, we have worked with Symrise and Unilever to support village communities in Madagascar since 2013. In addition, we entered into partnerships with national and international NGOs, as for example Save The Children to complete our holistic approach.
Besides addressing sustainable agricultural practices, the partners established a local health insurance and work on children rights and vocational training for youth. In this way, we are helping to increase the resilience for the future of the communities.
Incidentally, Madagascar is representative of a whole series of other projects in collaboration with Symrise which support farmers and their families in Brazil, India and the Philippines. And this is just the beginning.
Jasper Hölzchen, Corporate Sustainability Manager
With the European Green Deal from late 2019, the EU committed to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and therefore become climate- neutral. The EU taxonomy is intended to contribute to this objective by helping to direct investments to economic activities classified as sustainable. Reporting in accordance with the EU taxonomy became binding for certain companies starting in the 2022 fiscal year and must be part of integrated reports from the 2024 fiscal year onwards.
We at Symrise laid the foundation for this back in 2010, when we also started reporting our sustainability objectives and key figures. However, reporting in accordance with the specifications of the EU taxonomy is no small feat for us given that the requirements are strict. Therefore, we are constantly working on improving ourselves. To achieve that, we integrate the topic of sustainability to a deeper extent at all levels of our IT landscape and give it more importance in decision-making processes, and we intend to provide even more transparent information about our environmental footprint.
With the EU taxonomy and our Group-wide expectations for ourselves in mind, we take care to ensure climate protection in all of our decisions and are glad to have our efforts evaluated.