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California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (the "Act") went into effect in the State of California in the United States. This law aims to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking. Firmenich supports the goals of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and strives to be a model company, evidencing strong support of human rights and labor practices throughout our business activities.

The Firmenich Fundamentals delineate the values that have been the basis of our company’s culture over our 120 year history. The Fundamentals are supported by the Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.

It has always been important that materials used by Firmenich in our products are obtained through ethical and fair labor conditions. In all countries where we manufacture products, our products are produced in facilities that comply with existing local laws. Our employees are provided with fair wages, regular working hours, and a clean working environment.

The Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct makes clear our commitment to fair labor standards and helps ensure that our suppliers strictly adhere to this commitment. Our Code states that all vendors, agents, consultants, distributors and other Firmenich representatives are required to follow Firmenich principles.

Firmenich takes responsibility for continually improving our processes, practices and actions to maintain high standards in the responsible and ethical sourcing of all commodities and materials associated with the manufacturing of our products. Firmenich’s compliance program encompasses verification, audit, certification, internal accountability standards, and training.

We seek to ensure that quality, safety and employment standards are maintained throughout our supply chain and we review our supplier base to determine if corrective actions are needed. Our efforts in aligning with the Act's requirements include the following:

Verification and audit of product supply chains

Firmenich maintains a “vendor portal” through which we have designed a risk-based assessment process to identify high-risk suppliers and we additionally audit suppliers based upon this risk analysis.

Firmenich’s actions in this area include the following:

1. Product Supply Chains / Suppliers
In the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard (section 8.7), Firmenich commits to foster and maintain responsible practices in our supply chain. This Standard helps to implement this commitment and establishes non-negotiable minimum standards for Firmenich suppliers in the areas of Health and Safety, Labor Standards, and Business Integrity.

Firmenich is also a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex is currently being used by a number of leading retailers and brand manufacturers and over 15,000 sites are registered on Sedex. More information can be found at www.sedexglobal.com. Firmenich has been encouraging all its suppliers to register audit results with SEDEX.

2. Supplier Audits
Firmenich reserves the right to verify our Supplier’s compliance with the Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and the Firmenich Social Accountabiltiy Standard. In the event that Firmenich becomes aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with our Code or Standard, Firmenich reserves the right to demand corrective measures. Firmenich reserves the right to terminate an agreement with any supplier who does not comply with the Firmenich Code. Firmenich audits approximately 70 of its suppliers each year and additionally, from time to time, we engage third party firms to perform audits of suppliers to review compliance with these requirements.

3. Human Rights in our business activities
As indicated in the Firmenich Social Accountabiltiy Standard, Firmenich fully supports the United Nations Global Compact’s (UNGC) guiding principles on human rights and labor, and aims to provide an example of good human rights’ and labor practices throughout our business activities.

4. Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
The Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct details the values and principles which Firmenich has committed to worldwide. This Code was updated in March 2015 and clearly describes our standards and expectations of all suppliers.

5. Employee Training
The Firmenich Code Code of Conduct and Social Accountability Standard are available to all Firmenich employees worldwide.

Firmenich conducts regular training on its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

View the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard
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