Managing waste and circularity
The concept of circularity is key to making the transition to a low-carbon economy a reality.
Firmenich is developing innovative methods to implement circular solutions, such as reducing waste during production, upcycling and using by-products from other industries, and collaborating with other companies to design innovative circular processes.
As a responsible company, we strictly manage our hazardous and process waste to minimize negative impacts on human health and the environment.
Our commitment for 2025 is to go beyond zero manufacturing waste-to-landfill to reach zero waste-to-landfill at all our manufacturing and non-manufacturing locations.
At several of our sites, we have identified opportunities for waste-to-energy conversion to reduce waste-to-landfill. We have also banned single-use plastics in our cafeterias, meeting rooms, and reception areas to shrink our waste footprint.
Minimizing packaging footprint
As a business-to-business company, our largest plastic footprint comes from our packaging. We have developed circular solutions to ensure our packaging can be reused and recycled.
In addition, we are taking action to ensure our wood and paper packaging come from a certified source or recycled material, like Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody certification for example.
By 2025, we aim for:
- 100% of our plastic packaging fully recyclable or reusable
- 100% of office paper and pallets from certified source or recycled material
Acting on Climate Change
Urgent and concerted global action is needed to address climate change. As such, we aim to lead our industry towards carbon neutrality in our direct operations by 2025 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2039.