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Diversity of governance bodies and employees

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 at least 40 % of the participants in our Future Generation Leadership Development Program must be female. Our objective is to qualify women for management positions. By 2020, we aim to have at least 17 % women at the first global management level directly below the Executive Board, while the second global management level should consist of at least 22 % women.

Symrise AG has committed to ensuring that women compose 20 % of the Executive Board by the year 2020.

Our annual diversity reporting, which takes into account our large sites and thereby about 80 % of our workforce, documents the progress of our HR diversity policies.

According to the latest diversity report, women make up 38.7 % of our workforce today. When it comes to new hires from outside the company, women are well represented with 43 % of total new hires. In our fragrances area, the share of newly employed women is disproportionately high at 52 %.

Gender diversity is also evident in our internal promotions. Of all promotions, 44 % involve women. Our fragrances area also stands out here with an above-average share of 54 %.

Across all company levels, the proportion of women in management positions comes to approximately 44 % worldwide. This trend gives us confidence that we will be able to reach the goals we have set for the medium term.

In our efforts to promote international diversity, we always strive to have internationally mixed teams when training our managers. Our executive ranks include Jean-Yves Parisot, from France, who represents the Diana Group in the Executive Board of Symrise AG.

Even though Symrise remains a German company, we recognize the increasing importance of international diversity. After our percentage of approximately 29 % German employees, our French employees make up the second largest employee group at 16 %. The percentage of American employees is 15 %. We have seen a marked increase in the share of our Spanish-speaking employees from Latin America, primarily Mexico and Ecuador. This population now makes up 12 % of our workforce. Our Brazilian employees represent 7 % of our workforce.

Global Share of Women in Management Positions at Symrise

2015 Share 2016 Share 2017 Share
Share of women in total workforce worldwide 3,291 38.9 % 3,426 38.3 % 3,597 38.7 %
Share of women in upper management worldwide 15 19.3 % 16 21 % 20 30.8 %

Basis: Fixed-term and permanent employees, not including apprentices, as of December 31 of the respective year. Definition of upper management: all employees worldwide who are employed in the first three management levels, including the Executive Board.

Employee Categories According to Gender in Germany

2015 Share 2016 Share 2017 Share
Manager
Men 290 76.3 % 299 73.6 % 304 72.0 %
Women 90 23.7 % 107 26.4 % 118 28.0 %
Total 380 100.0 % 406 100.0 % 422 100.0 %
Non-manager
Men 1,483 64.9 % 1,515 65.3 % 1,571 65.8 %
Women 802 35.1 % 805 34.7 % 816 34.2 %
Total 2,285 100.0 % 2,320 100.0 % 2,387 100.0 %
Total workforce
Men 1,773 66.5 % 1,814 66.5 % 1,875 66.7 %
Women 892 33.5 % 912 33.5 % 934 33.2 %
Total 2,665 100.0 % 2,726 100.0 % 2,809 100.0 %

Definition: Managers, including junior managers, defined as non-tariff employees or managerial employees.
Basis: Employee figures, not including apprentices and temporary workers, as of December 31 of the respective year.

Employee Categories According to Age in Germany

2015 2016 2017
Age Manager Non-manager Manager Non-manager Manager Non-manager
20 — 29 0.0 % 16.1 % 0.2 % 16.0 % 0.2 % 17.3 %
30 — 39 11.1 % 20.5 % 13.8 % 21.1 % 15.8 % 20.3 %
40 — 49 41.3 % 29.9 % 33.5 % 27.5 % 29.9 % 27.6 %
50 — 59 39.7 % 27.7 % 42.6 % 28.8 % 44.1 % 28.8 %
>= 60 7.9 % 5.7 % 9.9 % 6.6 % 10.0 % 6.0 %
Total 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %

Definition: Managers, including junior managers, defined as non-tariff employees or managerial employees; as of December 31 of the respective year.

Composition of the Executive and Supervisory Boards According to Gender

Executive Board Share Supervisory Board Share
Men 5 100 % 8 67 %
Women 0 0 % 4 33 %
Total 5 100 % 12 100 %

As of December 31, 2017

Composition of the Executive and Supervisory Boards According to Age

Executive Board Share Supervisory Board Share
30 or younger 0 0 % 0 0%
30–50 years 0 0 % 1 8 %
>=50 5 100 % 11 92 %
Total 5 100 % 12 100 %

As of December 31, 2017