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 2025 targets

In order to reach our 2025 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:

  • Increase in eco-efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1+2) by > 60 %. Base year 2016: 317.2 tons of CO2 emissions / € million of added value. Goal 2025: 157.4 tons of CO2 emissions / € million of added value*
  • Increase in the efficiency of the chemical oxygen demand in wastewater by 4 % annually by 2025 or by a total of 60 % compared to the base year 2010*
  • Increase in the efficiency of sensitive waste by 4 % annually by 2025 or by a total of 60 % compared to the base year 2010*
  • Increase the efficiency of water consumption at all production sites in arid regions by 15 % (2018-2025)*
  • Increase the share of electricity from renewable sources required worldwide to 100 %*

* 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 that account for more than 12 % of sales.*

* Relative to market launch in the past three years


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

  • 100% of our main suppliers (90% of procurement volume) assessed according to sustainability criteria
  • 100 % sustainable procurement of strategic agro and aquaculture raw materials


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

  • Increase the percentage of women at the first management level to 28%
  • Increase the percentage of women at the second management level to 44%
  • Reduce the number of workplace accidents to below MAQ* < 1,5

* MAQ = work accidents (> 1 lost day) x 1 million / working hours, industry-leading occupational safety as of 2020

Sustainability along the
value chain

Sustainability is rooted in our corporate strategy and reflected throughout our entire value chain, including the cultivation and decomposition of our key raw materials, our local partners and suppliers around the world, product development and optimization of our manufacturing processes at the Symrise sites, and sale of our products to our customers and consumers worldwide. We keep an eye on each and every stage of this value chain to ensure a transparent, traceable and sustainable supply chain.

Here you can find more information on the goals and management of our sustainability issues.


Friedrich-Wilhelm Micus

Director Corporate Communications

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