Geneva, Switzerland, March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, Firmenich is proud to announce that Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Vice President Sustainability Partnerships, Firmenich, was recognized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Leading Women Awards. WBCSD launched this inaugural award to distinguish the ten most outstanding women leaders advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within WBCSD member companies.

Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine said: “I deeply believe that business is a force for good and has a key leadership role to play in addressing the UN SDGs. Bérangère’s commitment to establishing long-term partnerships is critical to our success as we cannot solve such great global challenges alone. She deserves this recognition and we are very proud of her.”

“This recognition highlights Bérangère’s outstanding career and her passion to collaborate with others through partnerships that bring mutual benefits to the companies and parties involved,” said Peter Bakker, President & CEO at WBCSD. “We thank Bérangère for being an inspiration to others through her vision and expertise.”

Upon learning that she would receive the award, Dr. Magarinos-Ruchat said: “Firmenich has always understood that sustainability is not a trend, but a way to do business with a long-term focus. Our culture has been critical in enabling me to scale up the Group’s impact by partnering with like-minded visionary companies. I would like to thank our Chairman, Patrick Firmenich, our CEO, Gilbert Ghostine and our executive committee, and our Head of Sustainability David Shipman, for their vision and trust.”

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. She joined Firmenich in 2010 where she leads Sustainability Partnerships. 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 sits on the Investment Committee of the Livelihood Funds as well as the Steering Committees of both the Toilet Board Coalition and the Juice CSR Platform. In 2016, Bérangère joined the Swisscontact Board of Trustees and in 2015, Dr. Magarinos-Ruchat was named Head of Sustainability of the Year by Ethical Corporation.

Reaffirming its commitment to Sustainability, Firmenich set ambitious environmental goals for 2020 with a vision to become carbon neutral. The Group is building traction on this vision, as evidenced by its top ranking on CDP’s Supplier Climate A List for the third consecutive year in 2016. Taking a leadership role in advancing sustainable lifestyles through innovation, Gilbert Ghostine, Firmenich CEO, was elected co-chair of the WBCSD Sustainable Lifestyle Cluster in 2015.

To learn more about WBCSD’s Inaugural Leading Women Awards, click here.


About Firmenich

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.