Animals serve people in various ways, for example, as livestock in meat, milk and egg production, or as test animals in scientific experiments. Improper care can lead to illnesses, pain, stress and behavioral disorders - and thereby to unnecessary suffering. In the Diana division, poultry, pork, beef and fish are essential components of pet food products. At the same time, Diana keeps its own cats and dogs for testing pet food. Irresponsible treatment could damage Symrise's reputation among stakeholders. The sustainable coexistence of man and animal is also part of SDG 2 and 14.
The Nutrition division manages and is responsible for the topic of animal welfare at Symrise for the most part. It reports on it to the Executive Board via the Sustainability Board several times per year. We are currently working on an animal welfare policy that would govern the treatment of animals and the sourcing of animal raw materials.
We obtain animal raw materials and byproducts exclusively from suppliers that comply at a minimum with European laws or local regulations regarding animal welfare. Here usually only byproducts of the food industry are used, thereby ensuring the utmost raw-material efficiency and reduction of food waste. Furthermore, we founded the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef together with other companies in 2015. The goal is to continually improve the value chain for beef.
The dogs and cats that are kept by the Symrise subsidiary Diana are primarily used to conduct taste tests. Many employees hold the „Certificat de capacité," a professional certification that is issued by the French authorities and qualifies them for the responsible treatment of animals. During selection, breeds are preferred that are not susceptible to health or behavioral problems. Dogs and cats have permanent access to a small outdoor enclosure and fresh water and are fed regularly. In case of lengthy animal transportation, a special truck is used that is equipped with temperature monitoring and ventilation. In addition, veterinarians take care of the animals and, if necessary, provide them with medication. After several years, the dogs and cats are put up for adoption.