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People and Communities Touching Hearts and Minds

While our sustainability work has become more and more integrated into our mainstream business, we maintain our heritage of global philanthropic work and our support for local communities in which we operate.

Firmenich Community Day

September 2015 marked the 11th anniversary of our Community Day event. This year, more than 3,300 employees participated in 97 projects worldwide, a 27% increase in participation over 2014.

Projects included:
• Raising funds for the Débouchette School in Haiti
• Engaging 200 employees in Geneva to plant almost 300,000 flower bulbs on the Quai Wilson in partnership with the Green Spaces Department and city gardens
• Planting 80 trees in Bogotá, Colombia, in partnership with the Green Living Foundation, which aims to plant 1,500,000 trees next to the Bogotá River to aid its recovery and fight climate change
• Creating an educational sensory garden at a local zoo in the Emirates to connect the 45,000 schoolchildren who visit the zoo each year with the natural sources of the tastes and smells they experience in their daily lives

The Firmenich Foundation

The Firmenich Foundation is a not-for-profit entity which champions causes worldwide. Primary areas of emphasis for the Foundation include: support for cancer research, relieving hunger and providing nutrition, promoting hygiene, sustainable agriculture, and supporting the communities in which Firmenich operates. The Firmenich Foundation has contributed to more than 150 organizations. Each year we highlight in our annual report an example of the work that the Foundation has carried out. This year we provide an update on our activities at the school we built in a remote Haitian village.

In FY15, Firmenich continued to support the school we built in FY13 in the vetiver farming community of Débouchette, Haiti. In partnership with Essilor, we conducted vision tests to ensure all schoolchildren who needed corrective glasses were equipped and would not have difficulty in class. Five optometrists from Essilor Canada visited the school with a Firmenich team in April 2015, and tested 600 students and community members. In May, the teams returned with glasses for those in need.

In addition, Firmenich provided 10 computers to the school in Haiti in FY15, enabling children in this rural community to connect with the modern world. We also sent musical instruments to encourage children to express their creativity and interests in music and culture.

In 2015, in partnership with Essilor, we conducted vision tests and delivered glasses in our Débouchette school and cooperative in Haiti.

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