WASH
in School

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram (standing, 8th from the right), CEO of Symrise, visited the project during his travels through Asia.

As a key step in their growth strategy, Symrise is developing its market position in emerging markets. In this way the company is having an effect on the dynamic growth of these areas. Simultaneously, the Group is taking on social responsibility by investing in infrastructure and preventative health care.

India is a good example of this. The country has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and yet millions of schoolchildren in India still lack access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities. In order to do its part to change this, Symrise has taken action at a school in Sholinganallur, located near the Symrise subsidiary in Chennai. Together with UNICEF and the city of Chennai, Symrise supported the project “WASH in School.” The program finances sanitary facilities, washing stations and sewage systems.

The outcome: “1,500 schoolchildren now have access to improved sanitary facilities,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, who visited the project during his trip to Asia in September 2016. The CEO of Symrise emphasized another advantage of the program. “In addition to investing in the infrastructure, embracing sustainability also includes advising on all aspects of hygiene.” Bertram explains that the students can apply what they’ve learned at home and pass knowledge on to their parents and siblings. “In this way, we’re creating momentum that supports India’s vision of becoming a cleaner country by 2018.”

1,500
schoolchildren in Sholinganallur, India (Tamil Nadu), now have access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.