Sustain­ability Record 2016

Symrise uses the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for reporting on its non-financial and sustainability-related performance. The following sustainability record systematically presents all aspects and indicators deemed material by Symrise regarding its profile as well as its business, environmental and social performance for the 2016 fiscal year. Informational briefs on the individual GRI items are supplemented with interactive links. These links will take you to additional information, data and facts. The reporting is being performed in accordance with the “comprehensive” option pursuant to the current GRI sustainability reporting guidelines (2016). All of the sustainability disclosures marked with were audited and verified by an external review pursuant to the AA1000 Assurance Standard. The review assesses all quantitative and qualitative disclosures. The corresponding certification can be found here.

1. General Disclosures gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Organizational profile 102-1 Name of the organization gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-2 Activities, brands, products, and services gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-3 Location of headquarters gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-4 Location of operations gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-5 Ownership and legal form gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-6 Markets served gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-7 Scale of the organization gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-8 Information on employees and other workers gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-9 Supply chain gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-10 Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-11 Precautionary Principle or approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-12 External initiatives gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-13 Membership of associations gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Strategy 102-14 Statement from senior decision-maker gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-15 Key impacts, risks, and opportunities gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Ethics and integrity 102-16 Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-17 Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Governance 102-18 Governance structure gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-19 Delegating authority gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-20 Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-21 Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-22 Composition of the highest governance body and its committees gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-23 Chair of the highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-24 Nominating and selecting the highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-25 Conflicts of interest gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-26 Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values, and strategy gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-27 Collective knowledge of highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-28 Evaluating the highest governance body’s performance gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-29 Identifying and managing economic, environmental, and social impacts gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-30 Effectiveness of risk management processes gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-31 Review of economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-32 Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-33 Communicating critical concerns gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-34 Nature and total number of critical concerns gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-35 Remuneration policies gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-36 Process for determining remuneration gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-37 Stakeholders’ involvement in remuneration gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-38 Annual total compensation ratio gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-39 Percentage increase in annual total compensation ratio gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Stakeholder engagement 102-40 List of stakeholder groups gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-41 Collective bargaining agreements gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-42 Identifying and selecting stakeholders gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-43 Approach to stakeholder engagement gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-44 Key topics and concerns raised gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Reporting practice 102-45 Entities included in the consolidated financial statements gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-46 Defining report content and topic Boundaries gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-47 List of material topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-48 Restatements of information gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-49 Changes in reporting gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-50 Reporting period gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-51 Date of most recent report gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-52 Reporting cycle gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-53 Contact point for questions regarding the report gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-54 Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-55 GRI content index gri-openCreated with Sketch.
102-56 External assurance gri-openCreated with Sketch.

2. Topic-specific Standards

Economic gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Economic Performance 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
201-1 Direct economic value generated and distributed gri-openCreated with Sketch.
201-2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change 7-9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
201-3 Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans gri-openCreated with Sketch.
201-4 Financial assistance received from government gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Market Presence 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
202-1 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage 6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
202-2 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Indirect Economic Impacts 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
203-2 Significant indirect economic impacts gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Procurement Practices 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
204-1 Proportion of spending on local suppliers gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP1 Suppliers that conform with procurement policy gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP2 Percentage of products purchased according to sustainability standards gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Anti-corruption 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
205-1 Operations assessed for risks related to corruption 10 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
205-2 Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures 10 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
205-3 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken 10 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Anti-competitive Behavior 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
206-1 Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Environmental gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Materials 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
301-1 Materials used by weight or volume 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
301-2 Recycled input materials used 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
301-3 Reclaimed products and their packaging materials 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Energy 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
302-1 Energy consumption within the organization 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
302-2 Energy consumption outside of the organization 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
302-3 Energy intensity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
302-4 Reduction of energy consumption 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
302-5 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Water 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
303-1 Water withdrawal by source 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
303-2 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
303-3 Water recycled and reused gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Biodiversity 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
304-1 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to protected areas 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
304-2 Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
304-3 Habitats protected or restored 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
304-4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Emissionen 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-4 GHG emissions intensity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-5 Reduction of GHG emissions 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-6 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
305-7 Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Effluents and Waste 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
306-1 Water discharge by quality and destination 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
306-2 Waste by type and disposal method 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
306-3 Significant spills 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
306-4 Transport of hazardous waste 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
306-5 Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Environmental Compliance 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
307-1 Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Supplier Environmental Assessment 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
308-1 New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria 7,8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
308-2 Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken 7,8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Social gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Employment 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
401-1 New employee hires and employee turnover gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Occupational Health and Safety 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
403-1 Workers representation in formal joint management-worker health and safety communities gri-openCreated with Sketch.
403-2 Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism and number of work-related fatalities 1 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
403-3 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation gri-openCreated with Sketch.
403-4 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Training and Education 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
404-1 Average hours of training per year per employee gri-openCreated with Sketch.
404-2 Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs gri-openCreated with Sketch.
404-3 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
405-1 Diversity of governance bodies and employees 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
405-2 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Non-discrimination 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
406-1 Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken 6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
407-1 Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk 1,3 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Child Labor 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
408-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labor 1,5 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Forced or Compulsory Labor 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
409-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor 1,4 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Rights of Indigenous Peoples 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
411-1 Incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Human Rights Assessment 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
412-1 Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments 1,4 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
412-2 Employee training on human rights policies or procedures 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
412-3 Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Local Communities 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
413-2 Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Supplier Social Assessment 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
414-1 New suppliers that were screened using social criteria 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
414-2 Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Customer Health and Safety 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
416-1 Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and serice categories 1 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
416-2 Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP5 Products from safety certified production plants gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP6 Products with reduced fat, sodium and sugar levels gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP7 Products with an increased level of fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbal or health-promoting additives gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Marketing and Labeling 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
417-1 Requirements for product and service information and labeling gri-openCreated with Sketch.
417-2 Incidents of non-compliance concerning product and service information and labeling gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Socioeconomic Compliance 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
419-1 Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Animal Welfare 103-1, 103-2, 103-3 Management Approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP9 Number of animals according to species gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP10 Physical alterations and the use of anaesthetic gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP11 Livestock breeding gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP12 Use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, hormones and/or growth enhancers gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP13 Animal transport and slaughter gri-openCreated with Sketch.