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Diversity of governance bodies and employees

Symrise consciously embraces an HR policy that views diversity in the workplace as a benefit to creativity and integrity. This is why we have committed ourselves to several Group-wide projects that promote diversity. This means that we’re seeking to have 40 % female participants in our Future Generation Leadership Development Program. Our objective is to qualify women for management positions. By mid-2017, we aim to have 16 % women at the first global management level directly below the Executive Board, while the second global management level should consist of 22 % women.

Symrise AG has committed itself to ensuring that women compose 20 % of the Executive Board by the year 2020.

Our annual diversity reporting, which takes into account about 80 % of our staff and thus all our large sites, documents how well our diversity policies in HR are progressing.

According to the latest diversity report, women make up 38 % of our workforce today. When it comes to new hires from outside the company, women are well represented with 41 % of total new hires.

Gender diversity is also evident in our internal promotions. Across all company levels, the proportion of women in management positions comes to approximately 44 % worldwide. If we focus specifically on promotions and therefore consider the future management potential of women, we see that women are well represented at 48 %. This gives us confidence that we will be able to reach the goals we have set for the medium term.

In our efforts to promote international diversity, we always strive to have internationally mixed teams when developing our managers.

When it comes to international diversity, we can report that our executive body has been expanded with our French colleague, Jean-Yves Parisot, who represents the Diana Group on the Executive Board.

Even though Symrise remains a German company, we recognize the increasing importance of international diversity. After our percentage of approximately 29 % German employees, our French employees at 16 % make up the second largest employee group. The percentage of American employees is 14 %. We have seen a marked increase in the share of our Spanish-speaking employees from Latin America, primarily Mexico and Ecuador. This population now makes up 11 % of our workforce. Our Brazilian employees represent 7 % of our workforce.

Global Share of Women in Management Positions at Symrise

2015 Share 2016 Share
Share of women in total workforce worldwide 3,291 38.9 % 3,426 38.3 %
Share of women in upper management worldwide 15 19.3 % 16 21.0 %

Basis: Fixed-term and permanent employees not including apprentices as of December 31 of the respective year.
Definition of upper management: all employees worldwide who are employed in the first three management levels, including the Executive Board.

Employee Categories According to Gender in Germany

2014 Share 2015 Share 2016 Share
Manager
Men 290 76.1 % 290 76.3 % 299 73.6 %
Women 91 23.9 % 90 23.7 % 107 26.4 %
Total 381 100.0 % 380 100.0 % 406 100.0 %
Non-manager
Men 1,443 65.1 % 1,483 64.9 % 1,515 65.3 %
Women 775 34.9 % 802 35.1 % 805 34.7 %
Total 2,218 100.0 % 2,285 100.0 % 2,320 100.0 %
Total workforce
Men 1,733 66.7 % 1,773 66.5 % 1,814 66.5 %
Women 866 33.3 % 892 33.5 % 912 33.5 %
Total 2,599 100.0 % 2,665 100.0 % 2,726 100.0 %

Definition: Managers, including junior managers, defined as non-tariff employees or managerial employees.
Basis: Employee figures, not including apprentices and temporary workers, as of December 31 of the respective year.

Employee Categories According to Age in Germany

2014 2015 2016
Age Manager Non-manager Manager Non-manager Manager Non-manager
20 - 29 0.0 % 14.7 % 0.0 % 16.1 % 0.2 % 16.0 %
30 - 39 13.1 % 21.0 % 11.1 % 20.5 % 13.8 % 21.1 %
40 - 49 40.4 % 32.1 % 41.3 % 29.9 % 33.5 % 27.5 %
50 - 59 38.6 % 27.2 % 39.7 % 27.7 % 42.6 % 28.8 %
60 and older 7.9 % 5.0 % 7.9 % 5.7 % 9.9 % 6.6 %
Total 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %

Definition: Managers, including junior managers, defined as non-tariff employees or managerial employees; as of December 31 of the respective year.

Composition of the Executive and Supervisory Boards According to Gender

Executive Board Share Supervisory Board Share
Men 5 100 % 8 67 %
Women 0 0 % 4 33 %
Total 5 100 % 12 100 %

As of December 31, 2016

Composition of the Executive and Supervisory Boards According to Age

Executive Board Share Supervisory Board Share
30 or younger 0 0 % 0 0%
30–50 years 0 0 % 1 8 %
50 and older 5 100 % 11 92 %
Total 5 100 % 12 100 %

As of December 31, 2016