The impact of our activities on the environment range from the extraction and processing of raw materials to product development, production and logistics. For this reason, we assess the entire value chain. Our goal is to conserve resources, to consistently avoid and to reduce harmful effects on the environment, to prevent risks and, in this manner, to ensure our long-term business success. Our production sites with the highest potential environmental impacts are either located in countries with strict environmental policies or operate according to an environmental management system that is ISO 14001 certified. Additionally, the SMETA 4-Pillar requirements are used as a minimum standard and regularly verified by external auditors.
The Diana acquisition occurred in 2014 and the Pinova / Renessenz acquisition in 2016. Due to a lack of data, we are not able to present a transparent and comparative depiction of the reductions at Diana for the period 2010–2015 nor at Renessenz for 2010–2016. For this reason, we have aggregated the data from the corresponding year of acquisition. The annual reduction goals of 4 % relative to the value added for sensitive waste and COD apply to Diana and Pinova / Renessenz starting in the year of acquisition.
At the end of 2016, we joined the CDP Supply Chain Management Initiative so that we could better asses the environmental influence of our key suppliers and further positively affect these. Moreover, we have been evaluating the environmental impact of our suppliers via SEDEX since 2006. With the help of globally accredited assessment tools, we identify high-risk suppliers and take actions, which can include terminating the business relationship.
In 2016, a sustainable sourcing policy that applied across the three segments Flavor, Nutrition and Scent & Care segments was published. This represents the foundation of our procurement policy.