Sustainable Development Goals | SDG 9

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Innovation forms the foundation of our work and, at the same time, is our core area of expertise. Therefore, we make significant investments in research and development and work closely with universities, research institutes and customers. With sustainable product innovations, we help to reduce our own consumption of resources and energy as well as that of our customers and ultimately all consumers.

As early as 2012, we introduced a process for logging and assessing our sustainability performance in product development. Using specific indicators based on the concept of planetary boundaries, we assess the contribution that each and every project makes to sustainability. We’re constantly further developing existing products and focusing on redesigning and completely overhauling processes using modern chemistry and innovative technologies. For instance, it eliminates byproducts, improves raw material efficiency and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of our products.

Wherever possible, we assume social responsibility by investing in infrastructure and health care. India is a good example of this. The country has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and yet millions of schoolchildren in India still lack access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities. In order to do its part to change this, Symrise has taken action at a school in Sholinganallur. Together with UNICEF and the city of Chennai, Symrise supported the project “WASH in School.” The program finances sanitary facilities, washing stations and sewage systems. In addition to investing in the infrastructure, embracing sustainability also includes advising on all aspects of hygiene, as students can apply what they’ve learned at home and pass knowledge on to their parents and siblings. In this way, we’re creating momentum to support India’s vision of becoming a “cleaner country” by 2018.