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People and Communities Ethical Sourcing of Naturals and Sustainability Position

Firmenich is committed to sourcing naturals responsibly.


In December 2016, Firmenich signed the Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Mexico. Through this pledge, the signatories agree to nurture biodiversity across their ecosystems and preserve it sustainably for the well-being of present and future generations.

To further protect biodiversity, we created an internal Nagoya governance mechanism in FY16. In FY17, a crossdivisional biodiversity steering committee – composed of 10 senior executives and supported by a third-party independent expert – completed a comprehensive Nagoya diagnosis, trained Firmenich colleagues, conducted workshops with clients, and started developing a biodiversity management system.

Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing

Firmenich sources Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified direct palm oil for all active and new products. Regarding palm oil derivatives, we worked to develop substitutes whenever possible, and when no substitution was possible, we asked our suppliers to either provide us with certification from RSPO or Green Trade Palm.

Last year, we achieved our goal to both reduce our footprint in the palm oil industry and solely source our remaining materials from suppliers using certified sustainable palm 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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