inspiring happiness
and well-being

We create fragrances and flavors for the world’s most desirable brands, delighting billions of consumers everyday.

Swiss and family-owned for the last 120 years,
Firmenich is the largest private company in its industry.

Innovative Craftsmanship in Fragrances and Flavors Since 1895

WELCOME TO FIRMENICH

2015 marks a very special milestone in our history, our 120th Anniversary. Only the greatest companies, the ones that successfully reinvent themselves, era after era, make it so far.

What enabled us to reach our 120th Anniversary is how much we care.

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Company founded

1895

in Geneva, Switzerland

Group turnover

3.0 bn

Swiss Francs (June 2015)

Average growth per year

7%

since 1989

No. of employees

6,000+

around the world

Global presence

100+

markets

Facilities

63

countries

Manufacturing

28

sites

R&D centers

4

Geneva, Princeton,
Shanghai and Gujarat

Patents presently in force

2,000+

Annual turnover invested in R&D

10%

R&D awards

35

prizes and awards,
including Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Company headquarters

Geneva

Switzerland

OUR FUNDAMENTALS Close

CLIENTS

We fragrance and flavor our client's products for our mutual success

  • We listen to our clients and transform their ambitions into reality.
  • We anticipate consumer desires, continually reinventing the world of smell and taste.
  • We deliver the winning combination of products, service and value for money, placing authority and accountability close to our clients.

PEOPLE

People are the heart of our Company. They are recognized for their passion, talent and integrity.

  • We create an environment in which each employee is valued, empowered and encouraged to grow.
  • We value the diversity and commitment of our people, enabling us to shape our future with confidence and imagination.
  • We unite the finest talents and encourage an entrepreneurial team spirit to attain our strategic goals.

CREATIVITY

Creativity is our essence

  • We create fragrances and flavors that inspire our clients and consumers worldwide.
  • We lead our industry in research & innovation, capturing breakthrough ideas around the world.
  • We constantly strive to discover new ways to improve all that we do.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our sense of individual and collective responsibility ensures our long-term success.

  • We strictly maintain the highest level of personal integrity and ethical values.
  • We practice a sustainable business model for the well-being of present and future generations.
  • We adopt the strictest international standards on quality, safety and the environment.

INDEPENDENCE

Our independence gives us the freedom to control our destiny.

  • We are a family-owned company, committed to our independence.
  • We take a long-term view of our business.
  • We pursue a policy of financial strength, profitable growth and return on assets.
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FIRMENICH MANAGEMENT

Firmenich, as a family-owned company, values its independence and long-term view of the industry. To best nurture it, the Swiss Group operates according to the highest standards of governance.

This operational excellence is represented by the high caliber of its international Board of Directors, led by Yves Boisdron, Chairman of the Board, as well as its Executive Team, headed by Gilbert Ghostine, CEO.

Mr. Yves Boisdron, Chairman of the Board and Mr. Gilbert Ghostine, CEO

Executive Team
From left to right: Mr. Christopher Millington (President Flavor Business Unit), Mr. Eric Nicolas (Group Chief Finance Officer, Corporate Vice-President Strategy and Global Services), Pr. Geneviève Berger (Chief Research Officer), Mr. Gilbert Ghostine (CEO), Ms. Helen Wyatt (Corporate Vice-President Human Resources and Communication), Mr. Armand de Villoutreys (President Perfumery Business Unit), Mr. Bhavesh Shah (Chief Purchasing Officer), Mr. Boet Brinkgreve (President Ingredient Business Unit and Firmenich China).


Board of Directors
From left to right: Mr. Michel Firmenich, Dr. Antoine Firmenich, Mr. Olivier Bazil, Ms. Barbara Kux, Mr. Yves Boisdron (Chairman), Ms. Karen Jones, Dr. Ajai Puri, Mr. Patrick Firmenich (Vice Chairman), Mr. André Pometta.
CORPORATE COMPLIANCE Close

GOING BEYOND COMPLIANCE

As a family company with strong values and fundamentals, Firmenich sets goals and standards well beyond compliance levels in all the markets where the company operates.

Firmenich created a Corporate Compliance division in 2003, as part of an overall program of corporate governance. The division helps the Firmenich Board of Directors and Senior Management identify and mitigate risks potentially facing the company.

The compliance team encompasses:
· Health, Safety & Environment
· Quality Assurance and Control
· Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs
· Toxicology
· Sustainability
· Insurance




The Firmenich Social Accountability Standard

As part of its ongoing commitment to ethical & sustainable business, Firmenich has developed the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard. The Firmenich standard requires compliance with national laws & ILO (International Labour Organization) Conventions and Recommendations and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in critical areas of employment & basic human rights including:
· Child labor
· Forced labor
· Health & Safety
· Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
· Discipline
· Discrimination
· Working Hours
· Wages

In addition to applying this standard in its own affiliates, Firmenich has also included a Supplier Social Accountability Program within its Standard. This requires all suppliers and subcontractors, to formally commit to adhere to similar social standards, and to provide evidence that these standards are being met. View the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.
View the Chinese version of the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.
View the Portuguese version of the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.
View the French version of the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.
View the Spanish version of the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.


Firmenich also designed a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, in 2007, designed to help our employees make ethical decisions in their day-to-day work within the company.
View the Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
The Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is also available in: Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish

2015 IN BRIEF

2015 was a dynamic year for Firmenich as it grew across all regions with a focus on world-class research and creativity as well as thought leadership in sustainability.

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OUR HERITAGE

Firmenich is not just the name of a Fragrance and Flavor House. It is also the name of a Family that has been personally committed to its Colleagues, Clients, Communities and Creativity for 120 years.

Firmenich was founded in 1895 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Philippe Chuit, a talented Swiss chemist, in association with Martin Naef, a shrewd businessman.

They rented premises from a certain Charles Firmenich and it was there that they started creating groundbreaking molecules such as Dianthine® and Iralia® (still present on the market today) and attracted their first client, Francois Coty.
The daughter of Charles Firmenich, Therèse, later married Philippe Chuit. Her older brother, Frederic, soon joined the company as the salesman of Chuit, Naef & Co. After Chuit, and later Naef, retired, the Firmenich family became the majority partner and in 1934 the company changed its name to Firmenich & Co.

Since then, Firmenich has remained independent, building on that original entrepreneurial vigor and pioneering spirit. Today we are the world’s largest private company in the fragrance and flavor industry.
1895 - 1935

Chuit & Naef FOUNDED BY PHILIPPE CHUIT & MARTIN NAEF ON NOVEMBER 1, 1895

The company’s first premises were in a shed at the back of the garden belonging to Charles Firmenich. The eldest daughter, Thérése, noticed Phillipe Chuit and started chatting to him over the fence. Five years later they married.

1896 - 1902

1898
Opening of La Jonction Site, 20 employees and 30 agents

1900
Fred Firmenich joins the Group

1902
Launch of Violettone and Dianthine®

1903 - 1921

1903
Launch of Iralia®

1907
Launch of Cyclosia® Base

1910
Philippe Chuit sells his shares to Fred Firmenich

1922 - 1930

1922
First syntheses of Nerol and Nerolidol
First ‘Haute Couture’ creations

1925
Production of Exaltone®
Number of employees: 50

1930
Launch of Exaltolide®

1931 - 1935

1931
Philippe Chuit retires

1933
Martin Naef retires

1934
The Company becomes Firmenich & Cie.

1936 – 1969

1936 - 1944

1936
Opening of affiliate in New York City, U.S.

1937
Opening of Firmenich France in Paris

1939
Nobel Prize in chemistry is awarded to Leopold Ruzicka

1945 - 1948

1945
Creation of a Flavor division
First pension fund for employees

1946
Tetraromes and the first strawberry flavor

1948
Opening of affiliate in Mexico City, Mexico
Opening of affiliate in London, United Kingdom

1949 - 1954

1949
Discovery of Ambrox®

1951
Acquisition of La Plaine chemical production factory
Opening of affiliate in Toronto, Canada

1952
Opening of affiliate in Sao Paolo, Brazil

1955 - 1961

1955
Opening of affiliate in Bogota, Colombia

1956
Introduction of a bonus plan for all employees

1959
Discovery of Hedione®

1962 - 1969

1962
Introduction of Ambrox®
Opening of affiliate in Quito, Ecuador

1964
Introduction of Furaneol®
Opening of 15 storey building at La Jonction
Opening of Firmenich GmbH in Cologne, Germany

1968
Opening of Nihon Firmenich K.K. in Japan

1970 - 1989

1970 - 1972

1970
Creation of a grouped industrial Social Service in Geneva

1971
Introduction of flexible working hours for all employees
Launch of Muscone

1972
The company becomes Firmenich SA

1973 - 1975

1973
Fred-Henri Firmenich becomes CEO (3rd generation)
Opening of affiliate in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1974
Opening of Firmenich Italy

1975
Launch of Rose Ketone bases Dorinia, Damascenia 185 and Cetylia®
Opening of Firmenich, Vienna

1976 -1979

1976
Inauguration of a new compounding factory in Meyrin-Satigny, Geneva
Introduction of retirement preparation seminars

1977
Introduction of progressive retirement system
Launch of Mayol®

1979
Launch of Damascone Alpha and Damascone Beta

1980 - 1985

1980
Creation of work units for the mentally or physically disabled

1982
Introduction of Citronova®
Launch of Damascenone

1985
Introduction of Polysantol®
Opening of Firmenich Limited in Australia , Firmenich Singapore and Firmenich Spain

1986 - 1989

1986
Acquisition of Chem-Fleur, Port Newark, U.S.

1988
Introduction of Firanova®
Launch of Ambrox® DL, the first totally synthetic amber material
Opening of new corporate headquarters in Meyrin-Satigny, Geneva
Opening of new affiliate in South Africa

1989
Pierre-Yves Firmenich becomes CEO (3rd generation)
Opening of new affiliate in Turkey

1990 - 2001

1990 - 1992

1990
Creation of a holding company, Firmenich (International) SA

1991
Discovery of Helvetolide®
Firmenich signs the Business Charter for Sustainable Development
Launch of Dynascone®

1992
ISO 9001 certification in Geneva
Firmenich signs the Responsible Care Programme
Launch of Galbanolene Super

1993 - 1995

1993
Expansion of our R&D Facilities - Geneva, Switzerland

Launch of Cetalox® 



1994

Sites openings: Shanghai, China - Bombay, India - Selangor, Malaysia

Manufacturing joint ventures in Indonesia and China



1995

Firmenich celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Rose-ketone plant in La Plaine - Geneva, Switzerland

Manufacturing Joint-venture in China

Site opening - Bangkok, Thailand
Manufacturing plant - Landes, France
Expansion of our Savory Portfolio: acquisition of Darryl Gunther, Johannesburg, South Africa

1996 - 1997

1996
New sites openings - Beijing, China - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Philippines




1997

Joint venture Firmenich Aromatics (India) Private Ltd, Mumbai, India

New automated flavor plant - Geneva, Switzerland

Opening of Georges Firmenich Flavor Technical Center - Princeton, U.S.

New sites openings - Sri Lanka - Warsaw, Poland - Ibaraki, Japan

Launch of Polysantol®

1998 - 1999

1998
Expansion of Perfumery laboratories - Geneva, Switzerland

Plant openings - Thirsk, United Kingdom -Toluca, Mexico - Kunming, China
Automated Perfumery compounding plant - Geneva, Switzerland


1999

Expansion of the R&D laboratories - Geneva, Switzerland

Body Care research facilities - Cologne, Germany

Perfumery Development Center for Latin America - Brazil
 Plant opening - Daman, India

Launch of MuscenoneR

2000 - 2001

2000
Plant opening - Port Newark, U.S.
Site expansion - Tokyo

Launch of Exaltenone  

2001

Inauguration of the Food & Flavor Expertise Center - Geneva, Switzerland

Plant expansion - Port Newark, U.S.

New premises - Mexico

2002 - 2014

2002 - 2004

2002
Patrick Firmenich appointed CEO

Acquisition of Bjorge Biomarin AS
, Norway
Launch of Damascone Gamma and Romascone® 


2003
Site expansion - Geneva, Switzerland, and Singapore

Joint venture - InnovAroma SA, Geneva, Switzerland

 

2004

Launch of Flexarome®

New manufacturing and development center - Shanghai, China

New premises - Mumbai, India

New perfumery facility - Princeton, U.S.

Introduction global HS&E Charter

Launch of Cetalox® Laevo
First Firmenich Community Day

2005 - 2007

2005
Acquisition of Noville Inc.

New perfumery sampling center - Indonesia

Launch of Thermarome®

Launch of Popscent®

Annual turnover reaches CHF 2 billion 


2006

Launch of Duralife® Omega3

Launch of Dynarome®

Introduction of Freshone®

Opening of company crèche - Geneva, Switzerland

Opening of new R&D center - Shanghai, China




2007

Firmenich signs World Safety Declaration

Acquisition of Danisco's Flavor Division

Launch of Neobutenone® Alpha and Coranol

First public Sustainability Report

Number of employees worldwide: 5,000

2008 - 2011

2008
Partnership with Senomyx

Opening of new Fragrance Development Center - Paris, France 
Uganda sustainable vanilla program launched



2009

Creation of Jean-Marc Bruel Award for HSE

Creation of Naturals Business Unit

New Site opening - Dubai, U.A.E. 

2010

 Firmenich enters partnership with Amyris
Plant opening - Gujarat, India

2011
New offices - Jakarta, Indonesia

2012

New R&D Center - China


Swiss Government partners with Firmenich for sustainable sourcing of vetiver in Haiti


New premises - Jakarta, Indonesia

Firmenich wins Campbell Award for Health and Safety

2013

Operation expansion - Dubai, U.A.E.


Firmenich vanilla from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms


Plant opening - Indonesia


New offices and laboratories facilities - Mumbai, India


Firmenich awarded Research Grant for Malodor by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2014

MSC certification for seafood flavors


Joint venture with Jasmine Concrete Exports PT Ltd., Chennai, India



Members of The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


Launch of ClearwoodTM

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