Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity
Direct negative impact on biodiversity can arise from the activities of Symrise AG only at our production locations, for example, through sealing the soil or emitting pollutants into the air and water. However, we consistently monitor, avoid or minimize emissions as part of our environmental and energy management.
Nonetheless, our core business’s biggest risk of having material impact on biodiversity is an indirect one, mostly occurring in the supply chain – particularly through our suppliers’ generation of raw materials. This potentially includes instances where our suppliers deplete natural populations or terrestrial, forest and marine ecosystems through unsustainable cultivation methods for soil, forests or aquacultures. In accordance with our sourcing guidelines, our suppliers are enjoined to consistently avoid or minimize any potential negative impacts on biodiversity.
Owing to the complexity of the flow of biologically based material, Symrise is unable to monitor changes to biodiversity at a species level. As part of our sustainability management, we currently assess the degree of biodiversity and ecological stress factors in the countries where our raw materials originate. We also assess the degree to which those species that contribute to our strategic raw materials could be endangered to find indications of possible biodiversity risks in our supply chains.