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People and Communities 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.

Patchouli, Java

Patchouli farmers’ revenues are impacted by local and international price volatility. To ensure sustainable supply of patchouli from Indonesia, Firmenich guaranteed a minimum fair price to patchouli farmers.

Firmenich implemented this minimum price in a cooperative of 140 farmers and distillers. We also trained them to improve productivity and cost management.

In FY15, the cooperative received Fair for Life and Ecocert ESR certifications and we finished building a kindergarten for 100 children in partnership with a customer.

Patchouli, Sumatra

We have engaged in a new project in Jambi Province, Sumatra, with a community of farmers growing cassia.

The project focuses on intercropping cassia and patchouli. Farmers can grow patchouli for additional revenues as it can be harvested three times a year, while their main income comes from cassia, only harvested 14 years after planting.

These farms received a Rainforest Alliance certification in FY15, demonstrating a socially, financially and environmentally sustainable sourcing of patchouli

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 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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