Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity
We can have a direct negative impact on biodiversity only at our production locations, for example, through sealing the soil or emitting pollutants into the air and water. However, we consistently monitor, avoid and 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 generating raw materials. This potentially includes instances where our suppliers deplete natural populations or employ methods of cultivation that are not sustainable for soil and forestry.
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.
We use our multidimensional sustainability scorecard system to assess any indirect biodiversity impacts at the raw material and product level, for example, land use or water consumption. This makes sustainability a measurable criteria for the decision-making processes of both internal and external stakeholders: internally, for example, in product development and externally, for example, in our customers’ purchasing departments.