Symrise awarded for excellence in sustainability management

A group pic of all of the winners in the German Awards for ExcellenceSymrise recently received two accolades at the German Awards for Excellence. The fragrance and flavours manufacturer took home awards in the Responsible Sourcing and Life Cycle Assessment categories. At the ceremony held in June, DQS recognised ten companies in 12 different categories for exemplary sustainability management.

Leading responsible sourcing model

All entries were judged by a panel of four judges, which deemed Symrise’s responsible sourcing model ‘the best of all those submitted’. Responsible sourcing refers to sourcing management that recognises and upholds social responsibilities with regard to both ethical and environmental impact along the supply chain. To this end, Symrise maintains long-term and close partnerships with its suppliers, particularly those in developing and emerging markets, while also engaging in social and ecological projects in the local producer communities.

The panel was particularly impressed with the Symrise project for the sustainable cultivation of vanilla in Madagascar. To help secure its collaboration with approximately 7 000 farmers in roughly 90 villages on the island, Symrise invests not only in education and environmental measures, but also in the local infrastructure. For instance, the construction of a vanilla extraction facility in Madagascar has reduced transport distances, lowered emissions and concentrates a greater share of added value in the region.

Environmental impact considered from outset

Symrise’s award in the Life Cycle Assessment category was in lieu of its systematic approach to analysing the environmental impacts of raw materials and products over their entire life cycle. The company uses its own product sustainability scorecard system to assess the environmentally relevant impacts of raw materials and products via a comprehensive, scientifically sound analysis. This standardised approach ensures the comparability of the results and better enables Symrise to select the most environmentally friendly alternative compared to other options.

Dr Helmut Frieden, vice president of corporate sustainability at Symrise, personally accepted the awards at the DQS Sustainability Conference 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. ‘We are pleased with the recognition of our efforts to integrate greater sustainability into our business,” says Dr Frieden. ‘These awards, along with the responses from our customers and other stakeholders, show that we are on the right path. We want to be a role model, both for other companies and our own employees, and inspire them to even higher levels of sustainability management.’

Insight into the Awards for Excellence

Through the awards programme DQS recognises companies for their active commitment in the area of sustainability. The annual ceremony took place for the second time in 2016 and aims to inspire companies to greater social responsibility. This year, the panel of judges selected 10 winners in twelve categories from a total of 164 entrants. The judges based their selections on the international guideline ISO 26000 for social responsibility as well as the relevant international standards for the respective categories.


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