Symrise is reducing the environmental footprint of its products and processes, uses sustainability as a driver of innovation and relies on backward integration to minimize the environmental and social impact of the supply of raw materials. Sustainability is therefore one of the foundations of the business activities that are established throughout our entire value chain.
After footprint, innovation and sourcing, care is the fourth pillar of the sustainability strategy: Symrise wants to generate lasting value for its employees and society, particularly people who live near and work at the various company sites around the world.
The company’s HR department has a major impact on an important part of the care pillar. It makes employees the focus of its work and, in its various regions, presents Symrise as an attractive, preferred employer that engages its staff in a sustainable, responsible way. This also includes projects with which the company demonstrates that it takes its local responsibilities seriously. Internally, some 85 HR employees at 20 sites ensure that the working conditions are as good as possible and as standardized as possible around the world – i.e. with the same technical equipment in the laboratories and production lines. The challenges associated with demographic change and diversity management are equally important and differ depending on the country. With various programs for junior staff and managers as well as a real commitment to training, the company is very active in professional development, too. At the same time, it depends on operational health management including work safety being taken very seriously. It is only when employees work in a healthy atmosphere and are motivated by their entire environment that they can perform at peak levels over the long term.
Symrise is also currently focusing on digitizing company processes, with special attention on digital recruiting, as Dr. Iñigo Natzel, Head of Human Resources, explains in detail in the interview on page 70. Finally, all the activities of the company and its employees are based on a foundation of company values (see Our Company) as this is the only way to ensure responsible, sustainable company success over the long term.
Symrise HR employees are not only responsible for seamless HR work and development. They’re also a part of the teams around the world committed to sustainable business. They launch or support dozens of projects that allow the Group to assume responsibility for social and environmental issues in the regions surrounding its sites. A few examples of the global ambassador network’s activities.