Diversity and Equal Opportunity | 405-2

Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men

Equal pay for both men and women is a matter of course for us. In many countries, wage agreements govern remuneration. Our Symrise job grade concept results in remuneration beyond the scope of standard remuneration. By using pay categories or job grades, we ensure that gender-specific differences for equal work are ruled out. The amount of remuneration is determined exclusively by the employee's qualification and value contribution to the company.

There are no known cases of gender-specific discrimination that would warrant further analysis of basic salaries according to gender. Differences in remuneration between men and women may result from the type of activity, such as shift work with corresponding shift remuneration. For example, at Symrise in Germany, only five women work in rotating shift operations with regular evening shifts and corresponding shift remuneration. Otherwise, only men work in these areas and therefore are remunerated more highly as a result of shift bonuses. In addition, one must always take into account the high percentage of women in part-time work, which gives rise to the impression that women earn less.