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Sustainability LEADING AS A FORCE FOR GOOD

A YEAR OF STRATEGIC ACHIEVEMENTS

In fiscal year 2018 (“FY18”), Firmenich reached CHF 3.7 billion revenues, recording dynamic growth across all our business units. We delivered solid market share gains in Perfumery and Flavors, while consolidating our Number 1 position in Fine Fragrance and Ingredients.

It was a year of strategic choices for us as our global environment faced many disruptions, driven by digitalization, changing consumer and customer expectations, industrial accidents among our suppliers, as well as environmental and geopolitical challenges. In this context, we strengthened our partnership with our customers with a sharp focus on innovation and value creation, while leading our business forward in a highly responsible way.
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Mr. Gilbert Ghostine, CEO and Mr. Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board

Pathways to Positive 2018 Milestones

PUBLISHED OUR FIRST
Human Rights
Policy Statement
LAUNCHED OUR
CLEAN LABEL & NATURALS PLATFORM

for authentic and traceable taste
INCLUDED ON CDP's A LIST
for Climate and Water
COMMITTED TO BECOMING
A 100% CERTIFIED GENDER EQUALITY EMPLOYER

by end of 2018
SHOWCASED AT UN
as leading Swiss company
advancing the SDGs
OPERATE WITH 78%
RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY

worldwide
ECOVADIS 82/100
GOLD-RATED

company
RELEASED
ECOSCENT COMPASSTM

to measure a fragrance’s
sustainability profile
DUPONT GLOBAL
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

for our industry-leading Ingredients
Sustainability Index
51% IMPROVEMENT
IN OUR TRC1 RATE

vs. our FY13 baseline
STRATEGIC STAKE
IN NELIXIA

to lead in Naturals
in Central America
INVESTED IN THE
SECOND LIVELIHOODS
CARBON FUND

to offset carbon
emissions sustainably

Our sutainability strategy

PATHWAYS TO POSITIVE

Cutting across our three businesses and focused on responsible growth, our 2020 Pathways to Positive strategy has guided our business over recent years. Structured around three pillars – Governance, Growth and Green – our 3Gs strategy encompasses good governance, innovation and the natural world.

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Our 3G strategy Governance, Growth and Green

Going beyond compliance amplifying governance

A key pillar of our Pathways to Positive strategy is Governance, as leading with integrity and respecting human rights are central to our long-term success. This is why we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of corporate governance, continually reviewing our systems to operate in line with best practices and supporting our colleagues to be true to the Firmenich Fundamentals that we all share.
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IMPROVING L IVES THROUGH INNOVATION ACCELERATING GROWTH

Research is our engine of growth. We put it to work to make nutritious products taste delicious, tackle the global sanitation crisis and create the safest and most environmentally responsible ingredients. To support this vision, Firmenich invests 10% of its turnover annually in research – the largest proportion in our industry.
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LEADING IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FAST-TRACKING GREEN

Conducting our business in a way that protects and promotes the environment is paramount for Firmenich. We uphold responsible environmental management at our facilities worldwide and strive to reach and maintain the highest standards of care. We demonstrate our strong commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of our business throughout the product life cycle.
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Our Purpose We create positive emotions to enhance wellbeing, naturally.

Firmenich FOR GOOD, NATURALLY

At Firmenich we are creators of positive emotions through the senses of taste and smell. We believe that business is a force for good, that’s why we seek to enhance wellbeing across everything that we do, naturally.

Discover what makes us naturally different.
Learn more about our purpose

ADVANCING UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

CHAMPIONING The UN Global Compact

A signatory of the United Nations Global Compact since 2008, Firmenich actively embeds the UN’s ten Principles and SDGs across our business.

This year, Firmenich was featured as a champion of the UN Global Compact in a movie produced by the organization’s Swiss Network, showcasing pioneering Swiss companies advancing its Principles and Development Goals. Launched at the United Nations Office in Geneva in June 2018, this movie is going on tour across Switzerland to raise awareness on how sustainable business is smart business.
Learn more about our commitment to the UN SDGs here.

Discover our 2018 Highlights

Introducing EcoScent Compass

Committed to become 100% CERTIFIED GENDER EQUALITY EMPLOYER

Vanilla Beyond the Crisis

Our Highlights ECOVADIS 82/100
GOLD-RATED company

We are rated as a Gold EcoVadis company, for the third consecutive year. Our score of 82/100 puts us in the leading pack of the top performers.

EcoVadis ratings and scorecards help us to further scrutinize and support suppliers. The methodology is built on international responsibility standards covering 190 spend categories and 150 countries.

Our Highlights Launched our Natural and Clean Label platform

In a world of increasingly label-conscious consumers, this year we launched our Natural and Clean Label platform to create food and beverage experiences that are great tasting, natural and traceable.

Combining our mastery of taste and naturals with our world-class science and consumer understanding, this new platform enables us to create the most authentic taste profiles in full transparency.

Our Highlights PUBLISHED OUR FIRST
Human Rights Policy Statement

People are at the heart of Firmenich’s success and at the core of our values.

As a responsible company, we respect international human rights standards and are working to assess our impact through our own operations and our business relationships – as an employer, as a purchaser of raw materials and as a member of the communities where we operate.

Our Highlights ON CDP’S A LIST for Climate and Water

Firmenich has participated in the CDP Supply Chain Climate Change reporting program for nine years.

For the fourth consecutive year, we were included in CDP’s 2018 Supplier Climate A List, putting us in the top 2% of companies reporting globally through the program.

Our Highlights REceived DUPONT GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

We were the recipient of the prestigious Dupont Global Sustainability Award for our Ingredients Sustainability Index, making us the only company to have won all three DuPont awards.

An industry first, our Ingredients Sustainability Index measures and reports the environmental footprint of hundreds of flavor and fragrance ingredients in full transparency.

Our Highlights STRATEGIC STAKE IN NELIXIA

Committed to sourcing the most responsible natural ingredients, we took a strategic equity stake in Nelixia, a leading producer of essential oils across Central and South America.

Founded in Guatemala nearly a decade ago, Nelixia is renowned for producing the highest quality Cardamom, Peru Balsam and Styrax essential oils, that are also 100% carbon neutral and traceable.

Our Highlights OPERATing WITH 78%
RENEWABLE Electricty worldwide

We operate with 78% renewable electricity at all our level 1 manufacturing sites, heading towards 100%.

Discover What our Partners Say

Partnering with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Discover what our partner Erin McCusker, Senior Program Officer at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has to say about working with Firmenich.

Partnering with Quantis

Discover what our partner Grégory Simonnin, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Quantis has to say about working with Firmenich.

Partnering with EDGE Strategy

Discover what our partner Nadia Younes, Chief Innovation Officer at EDGE Strategy has to say about working with Firmenich.

Partnering with Naandi Foundation

Discover what our partner Manoj Kumar, CEO at Naandi Foundation has to say about working with Firmenich.

SOURCING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

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