Ethics and Excellence Ethical Supply Chain

Certifications

All of our 25 manufacturing sites are certified under ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) standards. These third-party certifications confirm we have applied comprehensive management systems to comply with all relevant health, safety and environmental (HSE) legal requirements and our stringent corporate HSE principles and codes. We believe that we are the first company in our industry to achieve this high level of certification.
Food Safety ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain wishes to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.

Food Safety HACCP/FPA/BRC/AIB encompass several global standards which are aimed at assuring product integrity in the realm of food safety, inclusive of regulatory related food safety standards (e.g. contaminants, residues, etc.), product security (e.g. addressing terror and tempering threats), and the entire sphere of conventional HACCP based and pre-requisite programs.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard. It defines a set of environmental management requirements for environmental management systems. The purpose of this standard is to help companies to protect the environment, to prevent pollution and to improve their overall environmental performance.

ISO 9001:2000 defines excellent standards for effective Quality Management Systems and is integral with management, documentation and manufacturing practices organization-wide. This standard specifies a process-based approach with value added, customer-focused activities on which personnel, planning, resources and metrics are built to assure product quality, continuous improvement and business strategy are optimized

The terms “Kosher” and “Halal” refer to dietary rules followed by religiously observant Jews and Muslims. The aim of certification is to give Halal and Kosher consumers confidence that the products they consume comply with the complex rules governing what is permissible for them to eat. Independent agencies such as the Orthodox Union (OU) for Kosher and the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for Halal provide certification.

OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. This standard was created via the concerted effort from a number of the world’s leading national standards bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultancies.

SEDEX is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. SEDEX provides an electronic system for collecting and analyzing information on ethical and responsible business practices in the supply chain.

Supply Chain Transparency

SUPPLIER SUMMIT

Firmenich has a comprehensive Value Relationship Management (VRM) Program and annual Supplier Summit involving top management from Firmenich as well as the management of our leading suppliers. We established the VRM Program in 2011 to work with suppliers to further drive sustainability and ethics throughout our supply chain and foster innovation and inclusive growth.

SEDEX

Firmenich has been a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) for eight years. Sedex is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Using the Sedex platform, we share audit results and self-assessment questionnaires from our 25 manufacturing sites with our customers. In FY15, we increased our Sedex membership level to include more suppliers and share supply chain information with customers. We now have data on more than 450 suppliers around the globe on the Sedex platform. Additionally, we use Sedex Risk Assessment Tools to drive continuous improvement at our manufacturing sites and proactively address potential issues with suppliers.

ECOVADIS

EcoVadis is a collaborative platform that enables companies with global supply chains to measure and report sustainability performance across 150 sectors and 99 countries. In FY16, we continued working with EcoVadis, a collaborative platform that enables companies with global supply chains to measure and report sustainability performance across 150 sectors and 99 countries. EcoVadis assessed Firmenich’s sustainability initiatives on 21 corporate social responsibility (CSR) criteria, regrouped under four themes: environment, labor, fair business, and sustainable procurement practices. They analyzed our policies, initiatives and results following international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UNGC and ISO 26000. We received particular recognition for our achievements in environmental protection. For the fourth time, EcoVadis awarded Firmenich a “gold” rating, placing us among the top 2% of all suppliers assessed on sustainability performance.

SUPPLIERS’ FORMAL COMMITMENTS TO OUR SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS AND CODE OF ETHICS AND BUSINESS CONDUCT

As part of our commitment to ethical and sustainable business, we developed the Firmenich Social Accountability Standards. They require compliance with national laws, International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and recommendations, and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in critical areas including:
• Child labor
• Forced labor
• Health and safety
• Freedom of association and collective bargaining
• Discipline
• Discrimination
• Working hours
• Wages

In addition to applying these standards internally, Firmenich believes in maintaining this level of excellence across our entire value chain by requiring all suppliers and subcontractors to formally commit to a Supplier Social Accountability Program. If a supplier violates these principles, we will work jointly to have them meet our standards. In FY15, we reissued these guidelines to all of our suppliers globally to help ensure compliance. This initiative complements the regular audits we conduct at our suppliers’ facilities.

Currently, 90% of our raw material spend has confirmed their compliance with these requirements. The initiative complements the regular audits we conduct at our suppliers’ facilities. If a supplier violates these principles, we work with them to meet our standards.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Increasingly, global companies are required to demonstrate adequate due diligence on human rights risks in their supply chains. At the same time, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are asking for more transparency. In Switzerland, the Responsible Business Initiative was launched in 2015 as a public petition to pass a law that would ensure Swiss companies integrate protection of human rights and the environment into their business practices.

To strengthen our approach to human rights and align our policies and practices with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Firmenich collaborated with Shift, an international non-profit organization that has worked extensively on human rights risks in the supply chain.

In February 2016, we organized a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, with Shift’s support and guidance, to build our internal capacity on business and human rights, introduce tools to identify and prioritize potential leading human rights risks, and apply these tools to Firmenich’s business. Twenty Firmenich employees from all business units and support functions attended the session. We will continue working on this important subject with our main stakeholders in FY17 to identify and address primary human rights risks in our value chain.

NAGOYA PROTOCOL

The Nagoya Protocol, in place since 2014 in most countries, mandates that public and private organizations using genetic resources for research and development (R&D) comply with a new international regulatory framework: the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS). These guidelines apply to all R&D activities that aim to identify new bioactive compounds and natural ingredients for food, fragrance, cosmetic and medical use.

In practice, a company seeking to access genetic resources in a country has to go through an administrative process to obtain specific contracts to ensure compliance and follow national rules. Each country may apply ABS differently. Firmenich trained cross-functional teams in Research and Innovation, Legal, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Perfumery, and Sustainability on the Nagoya Protocol. In 2014, we created a working group to ensure we abide by the Nagoya Protocol wherever we source natural raw materials for our flavors and fragrances. We are now building a company-wide strategy to confirm adherence to these new regulations.

In 2016, we were invited to present our strategy on the Nagoya Protocol at an industry meeting in Europe.

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