Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken
The international platform of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) is a valuable tool with which we can more easily assess suppliers and deliver our own data to customers. We have been publishing information on environmental aspects and other topics on this platform since 2006. Every Symrise production site has now been SEDEX registered.
Since 2012, we’ve been strongly encouraging our most important suppliers to register with SEDEX and disclose their data there. In total, 100 % of our main suppliers – based on procurement volume – have been rated according to sustainability criteria (SEDEX, SMETA 4 Pillar).
We carry out audits for suppliers that pose an especially notable risk, that have crucial raw materials or that have had problems flagged in the assessment. The number of annual supplier audits are between 120 and 150. These are performed by trained and experienced internal supply audit teams. Additionally, we request at least 50 suppliers annually to carry out SEDEX/SMETA audits by verified, independent audit agencies. The focus here is on environmental issues in addition to product safety, quality management, work safety, health and social responsibility. If suppliers don’t meet our defined standards, we jointly develop and implement improvement measures. If these standards are still not upheld after such attempts, the business relationship is terminated as a last resort. All new suppliers fill out a supplier survey that contains questions on environmental issues. During the risk assessment process, we rely on environmental criteria to evaluate existing suppliers as well as the socioeconomic and ecological situation in their respective countries. In 2019, there were no cases of our suppliers causing any notable negative environmental impact.