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Management Approach

The topic of animal welfare became material in 2014 with our acquisition of the Diana Group. This year’s materiality analysis has once again confirmed the importance of the topic both from the point of view of its significance to Symrise as well as from the perspective of its increasing significance to customers, consumers, and civil society.

We source animal raw materials and byproducts exclusively from suppliers that comply with European laws and local regulations regarding animal welfare. Symrise does not slaughter nor transport any animals.

In the Flavor & Fragrance industry, raw materials of animal origin are generally only used in very limited quantities. By contrast, poultry, pork, beef and fish are an essential component of the products made by Diana for pet food. In most cases, only byproducts (mainly from the food industry) are used. Using byproducts from local sources ensures the utmost raw-material efficiency and that food waste is substantially reduced. We are currently working to further develop our policy on animal welfare. Although Symrise does not process any animals, the share of raw materials originating from animals has increased with our acquisition of Diana, which is why we are placing such importance on clear and responsible standards in this area. Furthermore, we founded the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef together with other companies in 2015. The goal is to continually improve the value chain for beef.