FIRMENICH APPOINTS BÉRANGÈRE MAGARINOS-RUCHAT GLOBAL HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY
Geneva, Switzerland, August 31, 2017 – Firmenich is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat as Global Head of Sustainability. In this new capacity, she will reinforce Firmenich leadership in sustainability.
“I deeply believe that business is a force for good and a catalyst for social progress,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “With Bérangère’s expertise and passion for sustainability, I look forward to taking our legacy of responsible business to the next level for the benefit of both present and future generations.”
“I am deeply honoured to be leading our Sustainability agenda, in close collaboration with our key partners to make a positive societal impact,” added Bérangère. “I would like to acknowledge my colleagues for their high level of engagement as we shape the next chapter of our Sustainability journey together.”
Most recently VP Sustainability Partnerships, a position that she held since 2010, Bérangère has established numerous strategic collaborations for Firmenich to address key societal challenges such as, Hygiene & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition and Biodiversity. To scale up Firmenich’s impact, she built unique partnerships with like-minded organizations such as The Toilet Board Coalition, Livelihoods Funds, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Forum for the Future, UN Global Compact and many others.
Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat
Most recently, at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm, Bérangère was elected Vice Chairman of the Toilet Board Coalition to address today’s global sanitation crisis through sustainable business solutions. Under her visionary leadership, Firmenich, a founding member of the Toilet Board Coalition, is committed to being part of shaping a new sanitation economy. For more on how Firmenich is making safe toilets save lives see here.
Furthermore, this year, Bérangère was recognized by the WBCSD’s Leading Women Awards for her leadership in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Also in 2015, she was named Head of Sustainability of the Year by Ethical Corporation.
Dr. Magarinos-Ruchat joined the United Nations System Staff College in 1998 where she led the Partners in Action Program working in more than 20 countries. In 2004 she joined the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, where she was the Director of Partnerships. In that position she created the GAIN Business Alliance, a global network of Food and Beverage companies interested in nutrition issues. Dr. Magarinos-Ruchat has a PhD in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, New York, as well as a postgraduate in Public Private Partnership Management from Cambridge University and a postgraduate in Social Innovation from Stanford. She is a Founding Board Member of the Toilet Board Coalition and sits on the Investment Committee of the Livelihood Funds as well as the Steering Committee of the Juice CSR Platform. In 2016, Bérangère joined the Swisscontact Board of Trustees.
Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor business. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.2 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2016.