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People and Communities Tonka Beans and Copaiba Oil

In the Brazilian Amazon, Firmenich has developed two sustainable sourcing programs of copaiba oil and tonka beans, with the support of local and global non-governmental agencies, of copaiba oil and on tonka beans. As part of these programs, Firmenich not only buys directly from the producing communities but also provides technical training and financial support. As a result, each community's income has increased by 50-100%.

Firmenich started responsible sourcing programs of copaíba oil and tonka beans in the Brazilian Amazon four years ago. We help prevent deforestation by working directly with local communities who rely on forest resources for long-term revenues.

Since 2015, we have sourced approximtely 70% of our copaíba oil and 100% of our tonka beans from six communities representing approximately 3,374 people. Firmenich gives technical support to these communities and commits to buy the entire crop, delivering payment in advance so they receive fair and steady revenues. In the past year, we received Organic and Fair Trade certifications for our copaíba oil.

Responsible Sourcing Strategy

Firmenich is taking a further step in our responsible sourcing program with a company commitment to engage in an impactful program: Deep Roots 2020. This program aims to secure a sustainable supply of high-quality natural ingredients, in full transparency.
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Firmenich's mint

Firmenich’s unique mint capability provides natural and synthetic flavors to our clients, as both forms are complementary to ensure a sustainable and varied supply.
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People and Communities 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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