Ethics and integrity | 102-16

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

Shared values form the basis of Symrise’s sustained success. Excellence, creativity and commitment are our keys for outstanding performance and innovative products. We closely link our economic goals with our everyday responsibility for the environment, our employees and society. Only when our interactions with each other are rooted in integrity can we create lasting added value for all. As a result, our values pave the path for us to become the most successful company in our industry in the long term and help us to inseparably combine business success, sustainability and social trust.

Our Code of Conduct, which was last fundamentally revised in 2016, continues to apply in order to ensure uniform and exemplary actions and conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board and to all Symrise employees in Germany and abroad, i.e., to managers and all employees in the Group equally. The Code of Conduct – a binding fundamental principle – defines minimum standards and sets out behavior enabling all employees to cooperate in meeting these standards. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to help all employees cope with the ethical and legal challenges of their everyday work and provide them with guidance in conflict situations. In the interest of all employees and the Group, noncompliance with standards will be investigated and their causes remedied. This means that misconduct will be consistently prosecuted in accordance with national laws.

The Code of Conduct is based on our values and principles. By following it, we guarantee that every person is treated fairly and with respect, while ensuring that our behavior and business activities remain transparent, honest and consistent throughout the world.