Geneva, Switzerland, October 25th 2018 Firmenich was announced as the winner of the “Best Sustainable Family Company Switzerland 2018 Award”, by at the occasion of the United Nations World Investment Summit. Hosted at the United Nations in Geneva, this global world trade conference gathers business leaders with heads of state to enhance world trade, while advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

“It is an honour for all the members of the Firmenich family to be recognized as the Best Sustainable Family Company in Switzerland,” said Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board. “For all of us at Firmenich, sustainable business is smart business; it’s about doing what’s right for our planet, communities and business to thrive all together.”

“Firmenich’s sustainability credentials are exemplary and have been applauded by the CFI awards judging panel as the company is committed to playing its part in respect of the United Nations Sustainability Development goals,” said Caroline Stone, Awards Liaison Office at “Firmenich works with vigour and outstanding expertise for improved nutrition and higher standards of hygiene.”

“This award is a true tribute to Firmenich’s legacy of responsible business, well-entrenched in our values,” emphasized Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. “It is also great recognition of the passion and hard work of our 7,000 colleagues who are committed to creating positive value through their behaviours and actions every day.”

Firmenich was highly acknowledged by for its holistic leadership in sustainability, embedded in the company’s growth strategy and focused on advancing the UNSDGs. Its integrated approach, cutting across social and environmental metrics was recognized by its leading EcoVadis rating this year, on the podium of the top 1% of Gold-rated companies.

Taking a strong position on Climate Change, Firmenich set itself ambitious environmental goals, as evidenced by its top CDP scores, with A-List rankings for Climate and Water management. Firmenich also put a major stake in the ground this year to advance women in its ranks, with its commitment to becoming a 100% certified gender equality employer worldwide by the end of calendar year 2018.

Firmenich was also showcased by the United Nations Global Compact Swiss Network, as a leading Swiss Company advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at events across Geneva and New York this year.


About Firmenich

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895. Driven by its purpose to create positive emotions to enhance wellbeing, naturally, Firmenich has designed many of the world’s best-known perfumes and tastes, bringing delight to over four billion consumers every day. Renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its leadership in sustainability, each year, Firmenich invests 10% of its turnover in R&D to understand and share the best that nature has to offer responsibly. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.7 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2018.