Sustainability is deeply rooted in our corporate strategy. Our corporate strategy, which builds on the idea of sustainable growth, rests on the four pillars of our sustainability agenda: footprint, innovation, sourcing and care. Concrete goals to be reached by 2025 have been established for each pillar (More about it here). These are also reflected in our material topics, which are in turn derived in part from the SDGs. With this comprehensive approach, our business model combines economic success with sustainable governance and social acceptance.
ORGANIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
The Symrise Sustainability Board is the global and cross-business committee that helps integrate sustainability principles more strongly in our core processes. Under the chairmanship of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), representatives from management come together within this framework multiple times per year to ensure that sustainability-relevant topics and the concerns of our important stakeholder groups are considered along the entire value chain.
The Sustainability Board sets sustainability objectives, which are then directly implemented in the respective divisions. The Executive Board and the Sustainability Board have appointed sustainability officers for the Flavor, Nutrition and Scent & Care business segments as well one representative each for the staff departments of Human Resources, Finance/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. The direct responsibility for strategy lies with the Chief Executive Officer of Symrise AG, who receives regular reports on the progress of all sustainability activities. We manage sustainability in corporate processes using our Integrated Management System. This is based on the international standards on quality (ISO 9001), environmental protection (ISO 14001), work safety (OHSAS 18001), sustainability (ISO 26000), energy (ISO 50001), social responsibility (SA 8000), the generally accepted audit standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and other recognized local standards.
PERSONAL INITIATIVE REQUIRED
We continuously promote our approach to sustainability in all areas of the company by agreeing on specific sustainability objectives for all managers which are integrated into individual performance goals. In order to anchor this topic within the organization and in all employees, we routinely conduct various activities at our sites. During Symrise Sustainability Day, employees present practical examples of how their respective departments implement sustainable development processes. Furthermore, a global network of more than 100 Sustainability Ambassadors draws attention to our sustainability agenda. In addition to implementing strategic, Group-wide goals, the network promotes targeted initiatives at our corporate locations on energy and waste management; climate, water and environmental protection; and occupational health and safety, for example.