Ending hunger, achieving food security and better nutrition, and promoting sustainable farming
Because Symrise uses many natural raw materials for its core business, the issues of sustainable farming and food security are very dear to our hearts. And that’s why we exert our direct influence and work toward eco-friendly, socially responsible agriculture. Using our strategy of backward integration, which incorporates the preliminary stages of the value chain into the company, we can consistently ensure this goal and pursue it on a global level. Accordingly, 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.
Through local projects, we provide knowledge about healthy nutrition and help to develop community capacities so that proper nutrition is ensured for everyone in the community. In less-developed countries, we ensure, for instance, that the farmers there are paid fairly, that environmental aspects are considered in the growing process and that absolutely no child labor occurs. Over the past ten years, we have been committed to improving education and health care in Madagascar, a source country. We have established production facilities there that meet strict environmental standards. Our local business activity contributes to the livelihood of more than 30,000 people. Something similar is being developed in the Amazon region in Brazil. We established a site that researches new, sustainable raw materials for perfumes in close cooperation with Brazil’s top cosmetics manufacturer Natura. At the same time, many families in the region are benefiting from our commitments there. In partnership with the German Society for International Cooperation, the goal is to restore the natural vegetation along the Trans-Amazonian Highway and in the Northeastern Pará and Ponta do Albuna regions through changed cultivation of the land and reforestation measures. The farmers and cooperatives will learn how to cultivate the land more effectively with the help of the latest technology. This will increase their yields and allow them to stabilize their livelihoods through a higher income.