“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

45%

reduction in CO₂, 2010-2018*

71%

reduction in COD, 2010-2018*

47%

reduction in sensitive waste, 2010-2018*

 

In the view of the global environmental reporting platform CDP, Symrise is counted among the world’s most sustainable suppliers. Symrise received an A, the highest possible rating, in the categories of climate and water protection.

 

Symrise has become the first manufacturer of fragrance and flavoring substances to receive a certification from the renowned Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) for its ingredients originating from forestry production.

 

Our commitment to climate protection, the sustainable design of the supply chain and the conservation of biodiversity was once again publicly recognized: In December 2018, Symrise was awarded first place in the category “Germany’s most sustainable large corporation 2019.”

*All figures relative to the value added.

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

Footprint

Minimizing our environmental footprint across the value chain

Innovation

Maximize the positive social & environmental impacts of our products

Sourcing

Maximize the sustainability of our supply chain and raw materials

Care

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.

Please find our Company Goals here.

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

Policies

Aug 27, 2019

Forest Policy

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Jun 21, 2019

Position Paper on Human Rights and Ethical Sourcing

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Jan 15, 2019

Diversity Statement

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Jan 15, 2019

UK Modern Slavery Act / California Transparency

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Jan 15, 2019

Palm Oil Policy

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Dec 18, 2018

Symrise’s Approach to Tax

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Dec 18, 2018

Animal Testing Policy

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Oct 5, 2018

Water Policy

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Sep 4, 2018

Nagoya Protocol & Access / Benefit Sharing

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Apr 4, 2018

Confirmation Conflict Minerals

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Mar 2, 2018

Health and Safety Policy

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Mar 2, 2018

Environmental Policy

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Apr 3, 2017

Sustainable Sourcing Policy

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Mar 15, 2017

Corporate Policy

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Jun 1, 2016

Land Policy

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Jan 18, 2010

Global CITES Policy

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Standards and Audits

Oct 21, 2019

ISO 9001 Quality

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Oct 21, 2019

ISO 14001 Environmental

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Jun 28, 2019

ISO 50001 Energy (Symrise Germany)

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Apr 10, 2019

FSSC 22000 Food Safety (Symrise Braunschweig)

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Jan 16, 2019

FSSC 22000 Food Safety (Symrise Nördlingen)

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Jun 20, 2018

OHSAS 18001 Occopational Health and Safety (Symrise Holzminden [Symrise, Symotion, Tesium])

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Mar 3, 2018

FSSC 22000 Food Safety (Symrise Holzminden)

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Jul 20, 2016

Code of Conduct

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Contact

Friedrich-Wilhelm Micus
Director Corporate Communications

friedrich-wilhelm.micus@symrise.com

Hans Holger Gliewe
Chief Sustainability Officer
 

hans.holger.gliewe@symrise.com

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