The Firmenich Charitable Foundation
From Values to Action
The Firmenich Charitable Foundation supports causes that align with our values, mission, and purpose, while engaging our colleagues to get involved in initiatives.
The Foundation focuses on supporting people with cancer, relieving hunger, improving nutrition, enabling sustainable agriculture and environmental projects, as well as supporting the local communities in which we operate. It was established in 2010, by Patrick Firmenich and David Shipman, our Global Head of Compliance and Sustainability.
The Foundation operates independently of our business. It decides which causes to support, taking into consideration their fit with our core business, our Pathways to Positive strategy and our commitment to responsible sourcing. The Foundation supports projects in 20 countries around the world.
Supporting cancer patients
The Foundation contributes to a number of cancer charities, focusing particularly on supporting efforts towards breast cancer. The majority of these organizations are based in the United States. These include: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Pink Ribbon Riders, Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey, Look Good, Feel Better Foundation, Relay for Life, and in Switzerland, Paddle for Cancer Support.
Building and equipping schools
In Haiti, where we source Vetiver, the Foundation has provided funding since 2012 for its first milestone project, the Debouchette School. Following the earthquake there in 2010, this funding has helped to reconstruct school buildings, install infrastructure for fresh water, pay for school meals and enable a ‘teach the teacher’ program. The Foundation has also provided similar support to reconstruct and re-equip the Salua Village School in Indonesia following an earthquake in 2018.
Empowering future generations
In Madagascar, where we source some of the world's-best vanilla, the Foundation has financed the creation of a Vanilla Farming Training Center to help educate and attract a new generation into agriculture and cultivation of local crops. In Ecuador, the Foundation has contributed to the Rainforest Fund, which protects the rights and freedoms of indigenous people living in rainforests. The Foundation awarded a grant to the CEIBO Alianza to accelerate its vision of building an indigenous-led movement for clean water, cultural survival and rainforest protection in Ecuador’s northern Amazon.
Helping people with disabilities
In the UK, the Foundation supported the Heathrow Special Needs Centre, a community farm where children and adults with disabilities, special needs, and those recovering from serious illnesses, can take part in activities such as horse riding, animal care, gardening and horticulture. Our Foundation’s contributions are supplemented with funds raised by our colleagues through sponsored activities.
Supporting our local communities during the global pandemic
Responding swiftly to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has supported projects all over the world. In North America and across Europe, it has helped to provide vital aid, including PPE, for front-line healthcare workers as well as food aid for underprivileged children, disadvantaged families and the elderly.
The Foundation’s impact comes from its independence and its ability to engage colleagues in the valuable work it does. It exemplifies the very best of Firmenich.