We’re proud of our award-winning successes, but know that sustainability is an on-going journey

By concentrating our efforts on the four key pillars of our sustainability approach – FootprintInnovation, SourcingCare – we’re able to measure our global performance to date while also continuing to set ourselves ambitious, forward-looking targets

Symrise’s recognition as ‘Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation’ and in the ‘German Awards for Excellence,’ occupancy of leading positions with independent rating agencies like CDP, EcoVadis, Ethibel, MSCI, ISS-oekom, and the numerous accolades from our customers confirm that we are on the right path with our sustainability agenda and that we are simultaneously actively supporting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.Dr. Helmut Frieden, Corporate Sustainability

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Our 2020 targets

In order to reach our 2020 sustainability goals, we’ve set ourselves ambitious year-on-year targets focused on each of our key sustainability pillars


We’re minimizing our footprint along the entire value chain:

  • reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 5%* per year
  • reduce chemical oxygen demand in wastewater by 4%* per year
  • reduce our hazardous waste by 4%* per year

* All figures relative to value added


We’re maximizing the social and ecological value of our products through a sustainably-minded approach to product development:

  • Each year, we develop new products under consideration of our sustainability criteria that account for more than 10% of sales


We’re placing sustainability front and center when sourcing raw materials and creating new supply chains:

  • 100% of our main suppliers to be rated according to sustainability criteria
  • source 100% of our primary palm oil derivatives from RSPO mass-balance certified sources
  • achieve 100% traceability of our strategic raw materials by 2020


We’re creating lasting values for our employees, while embracing social responsibility:

  • reduce the number of workplace accidents to below MAQ* <2.0
  • increase the percentage of women at the first management level to 17% by 2020
  • increase the percentage of women at the second management level to 22% by 2020

*MAQ = work accidents (> 1 lost day) x 1 million / working hours

Addressing UN sustainable
development goals

As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we actively support the principles of responsible business outlined therein. Symrise makes effective contributions to the implementation of the SDGs in these key areas of activity


Friedrich-Wilhelm Micus
Senior Manager Corporate Communications


Hans Holger Gliewe
Chief Sustainability Officer


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