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

2015 sustainabilty achievements


Firmenich joined the CDP Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index.

Established New Faculty Endowments

At Stanford University, U.S. and EPFL, Switzerland.

Received First Carbon Credits

Firmenich received its first carbon credits with the Livelihoods Fund.

Joined WBCSD Sustainable Lifestyle

Our CEO joined the board of the WBCSD Sustainable Lifestyles Cluster.

Achieved 100% certification

Firmenich completed certification at all of its manufacturing sites against OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.

Invited to the Toilet Board

Firmenich joined the steering committee of the Toilet Board.

Cut Absolute CO2 Emissions

Firmenich reduced absolute CO2e emissions by 12.3% (approximately 20,000 tonnes) compared with FY10.

Reduced Total Water Usage

Firmenich achieved a 13.3% reduction in total water use since FY10.

Involved in Protein 2040

Firmenich joined Protein 2040 launched by Forum for the Future to analyze the future of protein.

Ethics and

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

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

Build on our leading innovation to reach the next level of scientific excellence.
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Work together with the world's leading experts and academic institutions.
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People and

Use the knowledge, skills and talent of our people and communities for a positive impact
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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 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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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 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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