Besides that, the SymHouse fulfills two purposes. The first of these is building awareness of environmental issues. “A few years ago, we started a project with an NGO in which we taught children from a nearby school about nature and its conservation, and more recently we have included the topic of diversity in the program,” says Mariana Martins, who is responsible for Symrise sustainability projects in Brazil. “At the end of the joint work, we always invited the children to our regular building. Now we have our own place for this to advance socio-environmental education.” Since 2018, the Symrise team has trained 240 children, mainly from poorer families.
The second purpose has to do with the employees. There are very few spots around the Center for Excellence where employees can take a break in the fresh air or that they can use as alternative meeting locations. “They can now use the wooden house and the space in front of it for their lunch breaks and to decompress,” says Eloa Castelucci, Operations Director Scent & Care and Sustainability Ambassador at Symrise. “It also means we now have another nice place to conduct training sessions and welcome our customers.”
At the end of 2021, the team invited a Brazilian artist to paint one side of the house with a mural. The pictures are a well-known art form in Brazil and often have messages relating to important causes. “For us, it’s about environmental protection,” explains Mariana Martins. “This is how we can show from afar what we can do with this house. In addition, art is a way to bring sensoriality and collaborators closer to such a project.”