Sustainable Development Goals | SDG 15

Life on land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

We view global diversity as an irreplaceable source of natural raw materials and an inspiration for new flavors, fragrances, and functional and active ingredients. Because we are dependent upon nature’s productive energies, the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity represent an existential interest to Symrise. At the same time, our core business can be potentially affected by any impact on biodiversity. Given this, we specifically focus on our suppliers’ cultivation of sustainable soil and forestry, their gathering of wild plants and our own environmentally relevant emissions at all our production sites.

Our signature on the Business & Biodiversity Pledge from the UN Convention for Biodiversity means that we’ve committed ourselves to implementing an operational biodiversity management system that supports the core objectives of the UN Biodiversity Convention. This comes in addition to the biodiversity agenda we published in 2014.

Symrise’s Corporate Sustainability department serves to guide the implementation of the requirements arising from the Business & Biodiversity Pledge and the Symrise Biodiversity Agenda in all our divisions. Our strategic NGO partner is also assisting in the implementation.

To reinforce our sustainability activities, Symrise joined the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), among other organizations. 90 of the world’s most important food manufacturers and suppliers have joined this platform. The farmers we work with should fulfill certain criteria regarding water and land use, fertilization and pest control.

The SAI also developed criteria that describe good farming as well as the Farm Sustainability Assessment – an easy-to-use tool for adopting and evaluating criteria fulfillment. It allows the companies involved to directly compare suppliers all the way down to the individual growers in a simple and independent way.

Here in Germany, Symrise used the Farm Sustainability Assessment with its onion farmers, for instance. Together we take a look at production and farming technologies and then collect the data. In this way, companies can find raw materials and qualify them as sustainable, fulfilling customer requirements.