Sustainable Development Goals | SDG 5

Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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 40 % of the participants in our Future Generation Leadership Development Program must be female. 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 as well as our large sites, documents how well our diversity policies in HR are progressing.
In many of the countries from which we source our raw materials, women are treated unfairly – and face economic discrimination as well. For this reason, we promote the education of women and girls in a targeted manner, for instance through our initiatives in Madagascar. By offering practical training courses or establishing agricultural schools, the program ultimately helps to promote economic independence.