Sustainable Development Goals | SDG 16

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing all people with access to justice and developing efficient, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

The actions of Symrise AG’s management and oversight bodies are determined by the principles of good and responsible corporate governance. It goes without saying that we adhere to the laws of the countries in which we work and even exceed them in terms of our own standards. Humane working conditions, decent employment and due consideration for the social aspects of employment are the foundation for how we act at every site. Violations of children’s rights are not tolerated. In fact, we work on ensuring that disadvantaged groups, especially children, can also exercise their rights. We also require our suppliers to uphold basic human rights and to avoid all forms of child labor.

We do not tolerate any form of corruption in our company. Accepting or providing money or other services in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage do not belong to our business practices. Our employees regularly receive compliance training, which also includes measures to avoid corruption and bribery. Symrise performs cyclical and ad hoc audits of all sites to identify any cases of corruption.

Various points of contact exist for our employees when it comes to voicing questions or concerns regarding ethical and legal behavior as well as integrity-related concerns. Employees can turn to their superiors in the first instance. If an employee cannot talk to their superior about their concern, for example, because this person is also affected, the employee can discuss the issue with an HR officer, the works council or the next highest superior. Our employees can also contact the responsible Compliance Officer at their site anonymously and confidentially. Violations of the Code of Conduct can also be reported anonymously using the Integrity Hotline. This Code of Conduct was fundamentally revised in 2016 and adapted to the latest developments. The purpose of the Code is to help all employees cope with the ethical and legal challenges of their everyday work and provide them with guidance in conflict situations. Additionally, Group Legal Affairs is available to advise our employees on questions regarding legal behavior.

To guard against any breach in legal and ethical standards, the Group Compliance office installed an Integrity Hotline in summer 2008. This ensures that Symrise employees can anonymously report any breaches in legal regulations and internal company guidelines at any Symrise locations around the world. With this hotline, employees are able to contact the Group Compliance office using toll-free telephone numbers that have been specially set up in individual countries. An intermediary service operator ensures that employees can retain anonymity and communicate in their own native language.