Percentage of products purchased according to sustainability standards
We are purchasing an increasing number of natural raw materials with certified origins. For instance, we established a progressive strategy for the sustainable sourcing of oils and derivatives from palm fruits in 2015. By the middle of 2016, we converted to using exclusively palm oil certified as 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance.” Between now and the end of 2018, we will be working with our strategic suppliers on implementing fully sustainable sourcing for our primary palm oil derivatives and on switching to materials made from 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance”–certified palm oil. We have the same goal in place for our sourcing of secondary palm oil derivatives by the end of 2020.
In 2015, 17.5 % of our raw materials were suitable for use in organic products. The share of fair-trade products is, however, comparatively low. Our customers have primarily requested certified products in regards to iconic ingredients like vanilla or lavender. In 2013, Symrise became the first fragrance company to purchase CENSO-certified lavandin oil.