Firmenich Community Day
• 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
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.