“We aim to create innovative solutions that respond to needs that have arisen in nutrition, health and well-being...

In our journey to meet this goal, we always keep future generations in mind: prioritizing social responsibility, creating technologies for the future and using processes that save and conserve resources."

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO


reduction in CO₂, 2010-2017


reduction in COD, 2010-2017


reduction in sensitive waste, 2010-2017

Named one of Germany’s five most sustainable corporations at the 2016 German Sustainability Awards

Awarded two German Awards for Excellence in the Responsible Sourcing category and the Life Cycle Assessment category

Awarded the 2017 ‘Triple Leadership’ rating for climate, water and forest conservation, by the Carbon Disclosure Project

What we are 
focusing on

In our increasingly interconnected world, we’re clear in our ambitions to be a sustainable, agenda-setting, future-oriented business

Our corporate strategy is systematically oriented towards achieving sustainable growth, with four key pillars setting the sustainability agenda across our business.

By focusing on FootprintInnovation, Sourcing and Care, we’re able to closely link our economic goals to our everyday responsibilities to the environment, employees and society. In the long term, our values are paving the way for us to become the most successful company in our sector, inextricably fusing economic success, sustainable corporate governance and social acceptance.

Our sustainability commitments sit across four key pillars


Minimizing our environmental footprint across the value chain


Maximize the positive social & environmental impacts of our products


Maximize the sustainability of our supply chain and raw materials


Improve the well-being of our stakeholder communities

Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our four key pillars

Footprint in action: taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

As a manufacturing company, we’re responsible for minimizing any negative effects we have on the climate. Our goal is to scale back resource consumption to actively minimize our effect on the environment.

Our production sites with the highest potential environmental impact are located in countries with strict environmental policies and/or operate according to ISO 14001-certified environmental management system. Furthermore, all our German sites feature an ISO 50001-certified energy management system.

We’re improving our footprint

Innovation in action: promoting sustainable industrialization

Innovation forms the foundation of our work. Through sustainable product advances, we help to reduce our own consumption of resources and energy – as well as that of our customers and ultimately all consumers.

As early as 2012, we introduced a process for logging and assessing our sustainability performance in product development. We’re constantly developing existing products, focusing on redesigning and completely overhauling processes using modern chemistry and innovative technologies.

Innovation is fueling our sustainability

Sourcing in action: optimizing our supply chain and raw materials

Our new assessment system enables us to identify the specific impact of our products on sustainability, allowing us to steer our product development with the greatest precision. Currently we cover 85% of our global product volume this way, comparing the respective sustainability impact for over 1,250 base materials and over 1,880 raw materials.

Other areas of focus include optimizing existing agriculturally-based products, integrating suitable by-products wherever possible and developing new manufacturing methods in partnership with other institutions and companies.

Our sourcing strategy also fulfills a commitment to the 17th SDG – we recognize the importance of meaningful cooperation, which is why we’ve partnered with the likes of GIZ, UEBT, the Rainforest Alliance and many other institutions all over the world.

Our responsible sourcing initiatives

Care in action: promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

We believe that economic success, sustainability and social acceptance are inextricably linked. No matter where in the world our workers are based, we work hard to create a company culture that reflects these common beliefs. Our Code of Conduct is central to this: it is the common basis from which we have built our reputation as a reliable company of exceptional integrity.

Additionally, our Integrated Management System is binding throughout the company and derived from the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on Children’s Rights.

Placing care at the heart of our working environments

Adding value for Symrise, adding value for society

How we’re achieving our goals

In 2009, we founded the Symrise Sustainability Board: a global, cross-divisional corporate body that aims to integrate the principles of sustainability more strongly into our core processes

The Sustainability board sets objectives which are then directly implemented across every area of our business, under the guidance of appointed division-specific sustainability officers. Every team in every division has an important role to play as we work to implement sustainable measures.

It’s important not only to make sustainability an operational reality, but also to track, report and measure our progress along the way. That’s why we produce an annual sustainability report that provides comprehensive, transparent information and key figures on our sustainability activities.

View our latest sustainability record

Creating sustainable success for all stakeholders

It’s important that everyone we interact with feels the benefits of our sustainable approach

We’re constantly on the lookout for common ground and sound solutions that allow every stakeholder – from farming communities to end-consumers – to benefit.

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Ensuring the future for a five-generation family business through innovative partnerships

Our bergamot sourcing is exemplary of our commitment to biodiversity and sustainable purchasing

Explore our sustainability policies in-depth


Dec 10, 2018

Symrise’s Approach to Tax


Oct 5, 2018

Water Policy


Oct 5, 2018

Forest Policy


Mar 2, 2018

Health and Safety Policy


Mar 2, 2018

Environmental Policy


Apr 3, 2017

Sustainable Sourcing Policy


Jun 1, 2016

Land Policy


Jan 18, 2010

Global CITES Policy



Friedrich-Wilhelm Micus
Senior Manager Corporate Communications


Hans Holger Gliewe
Chief Sustainability Officer


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