Diversity and Equal Opportunity | 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

Management Approach

A sustainable HR policy is part of our corporate strategy ("Care" pillar); it conveys goals and establishes common values. It includes the promotion of diversity in the workplace, the decisive promotion of young families through a family-oriented HR policy and enhancing the compatibility of professional and private life (see also 405-1). To this end, in 2017, the Executive Board of Symrise articulated a clear commitment to the advancement of diversity (see the diversity statement of the Executive Board). We practice our commitment to diversity by implementing specific measures, such as our family-oriented HR policy designed to support young women and their families, the deliberate overrepresentation of women in our Future Generation Leadership Development program and the targeted hiring of women given the same qualifications.

In parallel, by signing the „Women's Empowerment Principles," we have recognized the principles of equal opportunity for women around the world and established them as a guideline for all our managers worldwide. In addition, our Integrated Management System is based on the provisions of the SA 8000 social accountability standard, which is binding throughout the company. This standard is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Humane working conditions, decent employment and due consideration for the social aspects of employment are the foundation for how we act at all sites.

Our at least 70 expatriates, who come from foreign countries and work for a period here in Germany, also promote the national and cultural diversity of our country.