CEO Vision & Statement

As a family company, sustainability is in our DNA.
What we do is more than a Business; it’s 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

2014 sustainabilty achievements


84% certification of our manufacturing plants worldwide for OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001


Eight years of responsible sourcing in Uganda


A 37% improvement in our safety performance rate, reaching a 79% improvement over the past 5 years


The first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified flavor


Our performance on all tracked environmental indicators compared with our FY09 baseline


Membership to the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)


With the 2013 British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award


With experts at Wharton (U.S.) and IMD (Switzerland) on two sustainability case studies


A joint venture with an Indian floral extracts and natural specialties enterprise to further develop sustainable sourcing


The WBCSD and signed the WASH at the Workplace initiative


Leveraging our independence

As a family company with strong values, Firmenich sets goals and standards well beyond compliance levels for health and safety, quality, regulatory and compliance, and sustainability governance.
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Reducing our footprint

Firmenich aims at maximizing its performance while reducing its waste, water and energy footprint and while decreasing the environmental impact of key ingredients.
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Creating sustainable products

Each year, Firmenich invests 10% of revenues in research and innovation reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich focuses on sustainable innovation in flavors and fragrances, responsible sourcing, and R&D.
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Embracing our people and communities

Firmenich’s family values recognize the importance of our people and the communities within our value chain. Firmenich focuses on partnering with experts, engaging our people, philanthropy and community work.
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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 Vanilla in 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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Responsible sourcing Vetiver in 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 Patchouli in Indonesia

Firmenich undertook a detailed review of our patchouli sourcing in Indonesia. Working with our long-term local partner, a leader in Indonesian essential oils, we started a pilot project in fiscal year 2014 with 200 farmers to improve farmers’ income.
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