Sustainable Development Goals | SDG 15

Life on land

Protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably cultivating forests, combating desertification, stopping and reversing land degradation and ending the loss of biodiversity


We view global diversity as an irreplaceable source of natural raw materials and an inspiration for new flavors, fragrances, and functional raw materials and active ingredients. Because we are dependent upon nature’s productive energies, the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity represent an existential interest to Symrise. At the same time, our core business can be potentially affected by any impact on biodiversity. Given this, we specifically focus on our suppliers’ cultivation of sustainable soil and forestry, their gathering of wild plants and our own environmentally relevant emissions at all our production sites.

Our signature in 2017 on the Business & Biodiversity Pledge from the UN Convention for Biodiversity means that we committed to implementing an operational biodiversity management system that supports the core objectives of the UN Biodiversity Convention. This comes in addition to the biodiversity agenda we published in 2014. Symrise’s Corporate Sustainability department serves to guide the implementation of the requirements arising from the Business & Biodiversity Pledge and the Symrise Biodiversity Agenda in all our divisions. Our strategic NGO partner is also assisting in the implementation.

To reinforce our sustainability activities, Symrise joined the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) in 2016. 90 of the world’s most important food manufacturers and suppliers have joined this platform. The farmers we work with should fulfill certain criteria regarding water and land use, fertilization and pest control.

The SAI also developed criteria that describe good farming, resulting in the Farm Sustainability Assessment – an easy-to-use tool for adopting and evaluating criteria fulfillment. The benefit for participating companies: the ability to easily and independently compare suppliers all the way down to the individual growers.

Here in Germany, Symrise used the Farm Sustainability Assessment with its onion farmers, for instance. Together, we look at farming technologies and production and then collect the data. Companies can use this to find raw materials and qualify them as sustainable, fulfilling customer requirements.