CEO Vision & Statement

As a family company, sustainability is in our DNA.
What we do is more than a Business; it is a Family with a Legacy: as early as 1991, Firmenich signed the International Chamber of Commerce Business Charter on Sustainable Development, and almost 25 years later, our commitment to sustainability remains unwavering. As the stewards of this 120-year old company, we have embedded sustainability across everything we do, every day.
Because we care.

Gilbert Ghostine, CEO

2016 sustainabilty achievements

Became the first Fragrance and Flavor House
To use CDP Supply Chain Climate Change and Water Reporting
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Received the DuPont Safety & Sustainability Award
For Operational Excellence
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Trained 99% of employees
In the Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
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Achieved a 100A score
With CDP
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Reached zero waste-to-landfill
At 40% of our manufacturing sites
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Sourced 61% of electricity
From renewable or offset
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Won first prize for innovation
At the 2015 SEPAWA award ceremony
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Published 29 patent applications
In 2016
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Hosted 100 scientists
At a conference on marine peptides
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Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat named 2015 Sustainability Head of the Year
By Ethical Corporation
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The Livelihoods Fund named “Best Corporate Offsetting Programme”
Firmenich has been an investor since 2014
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Partnership building reaffirmed
With six board positions
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Achieved a TRC rate of 0.25
Per 200,000 exposure hours
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Successfully assessed 50% of our company
Against the Gender Equal Pay Principles
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Extended our apprenticeship program
To five countries
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Ethics and
Excellence

Raise the bar to ensure the highest standards of governance.
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Environment
and Resources

Reduce and positively impact our environmental footprint and maximize resource efficiency.
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Innovation,
Science and Society

Build on our leading innovation to reach the next level of scientific excellence.
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Partnerships

Work together with the world's leading experts and academic institutions.
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People and
Communities

Use the knowledge, skills and talent of our people and communities for a positive impact
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Responsible Sourcing Vetiver from Haiti

Since 2010, Firmenich has been engaged in an innovative multi-stakeholder collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), our long-term vetiver supplier and local organizations to source sustainable vetiver from the Débouchette farming community in Haiti.
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Responsible sourcing Vanilla from Madagascar

Despite its biological and cultural richness, Madagascar remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The trade of its Bourbon vanilla—the finest quality of vanilla in the world— is critical to the country’s farmers and its economy. Firmenich has been partnering with its local supplier on sustainability initiatives since 2007.
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Firmenich is committed to responsible sourcing and recently created a joint venture with Jasmine Concrete LTd

In 2014, Firmenich signed a joint venture agreement with Jasmine Concrete Exports PT Ltd. (Chennai, India), a family-owned enterprise and the leader in Indian floral extracts and natural specialties for the fragrance, flavor and cosmetics industries.
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Responsible sourcing Patchouli from Indonesia

Firmenich has established two projects in Java and Sumatra with a complete redesign of the supply chain based on floor and fair price scheme, and a closer connection with local farmers.
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SOURCING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

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