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Firmenich FOR GOOD, NATURALLY

We create positive emotions to enhance wellbeing, naturally.

Swiss and family-owned for over 120 years, we create fragrances and flavors for the world’s most desirable brands, delighting billions of consumers every day.

Innovative Craftsmanship in Fragrances and Flavors Since 1895

WELCOME TO FIRMENICH

Led by our passion for taste and smell, we put our creativity and innovation to work every day to delight the senses.

Driven by our purpose and guided by our fundamentals, we seek to enable solutions that contribute to greater health and nutrition and hygiene and sanitation, while preserving nature’s most precious resources and empowering sustainable livelihoods across our value chain.
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FIRMENICH FOR GOOD, NATURALLY

At Firmenich we are creators of positive emotions through the senses of taste and smell. We believe that business is a force for good, that’s why we seek to enhance wellbeing across everything that we do, naturally.

Discover what makes us naturally different.
Learn more about our purpose

For good, naturally Working for a Family Owned Company

"There are two family names on my business card: my family name and the Firmenich family name." - Imad Farhat, VP Taste

At Firmenich we are creators of positive emotions through the senses of taste and smell. We believe that business is a force for good, that’s why we seek to enhance wellbeing across everything that we do, naturally.

Discover what makes us naturally different.
Learn more about our purpose

For good, naturally The Strength of the Family

“Family is stronger than anything else.” - Frank Voelkl, Perfumer

At Firmenich we are creators of positive emotions through the senses of taste and smell. We believe that business is a force for good, that’s why we seek to enhance wellbeing across everything that we do, naturally.

Discover what makes us naturally different.
Learn more about our purpose
Group Turnover
3.9bn+

Swiss Francs (FY20)

Growth
+3%

in Local Currency (FY20)

Revenue Growth CAGR
5%

FY16 - FY20

We are the
#1

Privately-Owned Perfume & Taste Company

We are
#1

in Fine Fragrance
and F&F Ingredients

Acquisitions
13

in the Last Four Years

Our People
10,000

Around the World

Globally Certified Gender Equality Employer
1st

in our Industry

Global Presence
100+

Markets

Annual Turnover Invested in R&D
10%

(Average FY17-FY20)

R&D Centers
6

Geneva, Princeton, San Diego,
Shanghai, New York and Gujarat

Patents
3,900+

Presently in Force

OUR FUNDAMENTALS Close

CUSTOMERS

We fragrance and flavor our customer's products for our mutual success

  • Our customer intimacy is unique as we partner with our customers to transform their ambitions into reality.
  • We anticipate consumers’ desires continuously reinventing the world of taste and smell.
  • We deliver value through innovative products and services, placing decision-making as close as possible to our customers.

PEOPLE

Our people are the heart of our Company. They are recognized for their passion, talent and commitment.

  • We strictly maintain the highest levels of personal integrity and ethical behavior.
  • We value diversity and create an environment in which each colleague is empowered and encouraged to grow, enabling us to shape our future with confidence and imagination.
  • We unite the finest talents and nurture an entrepreneurial team spirit to attain our strategic goals.

CREATIVITY

Creativity is our essence.

  • We create fragrances and flavors that inspire moments of pleasure and delight for consumers worldwide.
  • We lead our industry in research and innovation, constantly driving incremental and breakthrough winning ideas and technologies.
  • We apply our creativity to improve all parts of the business.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our integrity and sense of individual and collective responsibility ensure our long-term success.

  • We practice a sustainable business model for the well-being of present and future generations.
  • We engage all our partners to build a responsible, sustainable and traceable value chain.
  • We strictly comply with all regulatory requirements and strive to achieve the highest international standards on quality, safety and the environment.

LEGACY

Our independence gives us the freedom to control our destiny.

  • We are a family-owned company, committed to our independence.
  • We take a long-term view of our business.
  • We pursue a policy of financial strength, profitable growth and return on assets.
MANAGEMENT Close

FIRMENICH MANAGEMENT

A private company with a public governance, Firmenich values its independence and long-term view of the industry. That’s why it operates according to the highest standards of governance worldwide.

This operational excellence is represented by the high calibre of its international Board of Directors, led by Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board, as well as its Executive Team, headed by Gilbert Ghostine, CEO.

Mr. Gilbert Ghostine, CEO and Mr. Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board

Executive Team
From left to right: Mr. Eric Nicolas (Chief Operating Officer), Mr. Benoit Fouilland (Chief Financial Officer), Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle (Chief Human Resources Officer), Ms. Jane Sinclair (General Counsel and Secretary of the Board), Mr. Gilbert Ghostine (CEO), Pr. Geneviève Berger (Chief Research Officer), Ms. Ilaria Resta (President Perfumery), Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen (President Flavors), Mr. Boet Brinkgreve (President Ingredients).




Mr. Gilbert Ghostine
Chief Executive Officer


Gilbert joined Firmenich in October 2014 as the Group’s first non-family member CEO. Building on Firmenich’s legacy of world-class research and creativity, Gilbert is firmly focused on shaping winning solutions for his customers to delight their consumers worldwide. Determined to enable more sustainable lifestyles, Gilbert places sustainability at the core of Firmenich’s strategy. A champion of inclusive capitalism, Gilbert is committed to creating value for people, planet and society. Gilbert has a deep understanding of the Consumer Goods and Luxury industries, having spent over two decades with Diageo, leading its businesses and living across 4 continents. A Lebanese national, Gilbert is married with two children.




Pr. Geneviève Berger
Chief Research Officer


Geneviève is committed to driving Firmenich towards its next level of scientific excellence, building on the Group’s legacy of world-class research. An internationally recognized science and business leader, Geneviève is passionate about improving quality of life through science. Prior to Firmenich her experience spans Chief Research & Development Officer at Unilever, leading the CNRS (26,000 employees) and Medical Doctor and Professor at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière in France. She holds three doctorates in Physics, Human Biology and Medicine, and currently sits, as a non-executive director, on the Boards of Astra-Zeneca and Air Liquide.


Mr. Boet Brinkgreve
President Ingredients


A seasoned global business leader, Boet has an outstanding track record of driving strategic growth at Firmenich since 2007. As President of Ingredients, he is responsible for strengthening the Group’s leadership in naturals, biotech, biodegradable and renewable ingredients. Focused on driving the most competitive palette in the industry across Perfumery and Flavors, Boet leads the Group’s end-to-end Ingredients business, spanning sales, portfolio management and industrial operations, as well as new business segments, such as adhesives, cosmetics and agriculture. He is also responsible for the strategic leadership of Purchasing, overseeing global sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration. Previously, Boet held the position of Chief Supply Chain Officer, where he successfully made operations a key differentiator for the Group. Prior to joining Firmenich, Boet worked for DuPont in several senior roles, and ran various start-ups.


Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen
President Flavors


Emmanuel is committed to strengthening Firmenich’s position as the global innovation partner of choice in taste and nutrition, leading growth across the Group’s three segments: Beverages, Sweet Goods, and Savory. Creating winning solutions for our customers with a focus on enhanced well being, he is putting Firmenich’s expertise to work making healthier choices taste great, from sugar, salt and fat reduction, to green protein and clean label offerings. Prior to Firmenich, Emmanuel was President of Solvay’s Novecare GBU, preceded by 17 years with BASF, where he served as Strategy SVP of the Agricultural Products division. A French national, Emmanuel graduated as an Agricultural Engineer and obtained an MBA, both from the University of Lille.


Mr. Benoit Fouilland
Chief Financial Officer


Benoit joined Firmenich as Chief Financial Officer in September 2020. He is responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and serves as Secretary of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee of the Board of Directors. Benoit brings extensive experience of building and leading finance organizations at global technology companies, including Business Objects, SAP and Criteo. In his most recent role as Criteo’s CFO he had a pivotal role in scaling the company through rapid growth and leading its highly successful NASDAQ IPO. Benoit is passionate about developing finance excellence to maximize company performance and enable sustainable business success. Benoit holds a Master’s in Management from the ESLSCA Graduate School of Business in Paris, a Master’s degree in Finance from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.


Mr. Eric Nicolas
Chief Operating Officer


Eric Nicolas is responsible for Global Operations including Supply Chain, IT & Digitalization, Real Estate, as well as the company’s ambitious M&A agenda and Corporate Strategy. A longstanding member of the Executive Committee, Eric leads the transformation of the Group’s business and oversees best-in-class Business Process Excellence and Global Workplace Solutions. He is a Board Member of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, rated as “Best Corporate Offsetting Program” by the Voluntary Carbon Markets Rankings in 2016 and of Livelihood Family Farming. He held the position of CFO since 2011. Prior to joining Firmenich, Eric served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Group Strategy of the Renault Group in Paris, France.


Ms. Ilaria Resta
President Perfumery


Ilaria was named President, Global Perfumery in March 2020, and is transforming our Fine Fragrance and Body & Home Care business. A passionate business leader with expertise in brand building, sales and P&L management, Ilaria has more than 22 years of experience with Procter & Gamble, building iconic brands such as Tide, Ariel, Fairy, Swiffer, Duracell, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Aussie, across Europe, Middle-East, China and North America. Ilaria was recognized as 2020 Brand Builder of the Year in the US by WWD. Highly creative, collaborative, direct and positive, Ilaria believes in the power of people and partnership to drive breakthrough business results. When not playing tennis, skiing or travelling, Ilaria enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Geneva.


Ms. Jane Sinclair
General Counsel and Secretary of the Board


With extensive experience in emerging and mature markets – having lived and worked in Asia, Australia, USA and Europe – as well as in multiple industries, Jane is committed to building trust to last by conducting responsible business for present and future generations. In addition to being the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Jane leads the Legal & Compliance functions across our worldwide operations with direct oversight of Legal; Intellectual Property; Quality, Health, Safety & Environment; Regulatory; Business Ethics and Trade Compliance. Prior to joining Firmenich, Jane worked for 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry and spent the first 17 years of her career with The Coca-Cola Company.


Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle
Chief Human Resources Officer


Mieke joined Firmenich as Chief Human Resources (HR) Officer in June 2016. She is responsible for leading HR, Communications and Sustainability, setting the strategy and winning culture as the most responsible family business in the Fragrance and Flavors industry worldwide. She is passionate about excellence in talent development and innovative people practices, rooted in a deep sense of social accountability. Under her leadership, Firmenich became the 7th company in the world to be certified by EDGE for workplace gender equality and received the Ethical Corporation Award for Diversity & Inclusion. A seasoned HR leader with over 20 years of experience, Mieke has worked and lived across Europe, the US and Asia, and has held senior HR positions at Sara Lee Corporation, Perfetti Van Melle and Electrolux.

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GOING BEYOND COMPLIANCE

As a family company with strong values and fundamentals, Firmenich sets goals and standards well beyond compliance levels in all the markets where the company operates.

Firmenich created a Corporate Compliance division in 2003, as part of an overall program of corporate governance. The division helps the Firmenich Board of Directors and Senior Management identify and mitigate risks potentially facing the company.

The compliance team encompasses:
· Health, Safety & Environment
· Quality Assurance and Control
· Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs
· Toxicology
· Insurance


Firmenich’s Code of Ethics guides employees in making ethical decisions in their day-to-day work within the company.

The Code embodies our Fundamentals. It explains the principles, standards and policies that apply to our work within Firmenich. Besides outlining our responsibilities to colleagues, Firmenich, our business partners, environment and the society, it also sets the expectations we have from our business partners.

Click to download Firmenich's Code of Ethics in:

  • English
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish


  • Here you will find Firmenich’s Anti-Corruption Policy as well as the link to the Gifts and Entertainment Policy in English, French and Spanish.

    IN BRIEF 2020

    Firmenich recorded 3.9 billion Swiss Francs in net sales in its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). Firmenich proved its resilience during FY20 creating value for its stakeholders while navigating the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    OUR HERITAGE

    Firmenich is not just the name of a Fragrance and Flavor House. It is also the name of a Family that has been personally committed to its Colleagues, Customers, Communities and Creativity for 120 years.
    Firmenich was founded in 1895 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Philippe Chuit, a talented Swiss chemist, in association with Martin Naef, a shrewd businessman.

    They rented premises from a certain Charles Firmenich and it was there that they started creating groundbreaking molecules such as Dianthine® and Iralia® (still present on the market today) and attracted their first customer, Francois Coty.
    The daughter of Charles Firmenich, Therèse, later married Philippe Chuit. Her older brother, Frederic, soon joined the company as the salesman of Chuit, Naef & Co. After Chuit, and later Naef, retired, the Firmenich family became the majority partner and in 1934 the company changed its name to Firmenich & Co.

    Since then, Firmenich has remained independent, building on that original entrepreneurial vigor and pioneering spirit. Today we are the world’s largest private company in the fragrance and flavor industry.
    1895 - 1935

    Chuit & Naef FOUNDED BY PHILIPPE CHUIT & MARTIN NAEF ON NOVEMBER 1, 1895

    The company’s first premises were in a shed at the back of the garden belonging to Charles Firmenich. The eldest daughter, Thérése, noticed Phillipe Chuit and started chatting to him over the fence. Five years later they married.


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    1896 - 1902

    1898
    Opening of La Jonction Site, 20 employees and 30 agents

    1900
    Fred Firmenich joins the Group

    1902
    Launch of Violettone and Dianthine®


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    1903 - 1921

    1903
    Launch of Iralia®

    1907
    Launch of Cyclosia® Base

    1910
    Philippe Chuit sells his shares to Fred Firmenich


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    1922 - 1930

    1922
    First syntheses of Nerol and Nerolidol
    First ‘Haute Couture’ creations

    1925
    Production of Exaltone®
    Number of employees: 50

    1930
    Launch of Exaltolide®


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    1931 - 1935

    1931
    Philippe Chuit retires

    1933
    Martin Naef retires

    1934
    The Company becomes Firmenich & Cie.

    1936 – 1969

    1936 - 1944

    1936
    Opening of affiliate in New York City, U.S.

    1937
    Opening of Firmenich France in Paris

    1939
    Nobel Prize in chemistry is awarded to Leopold Ruzicka


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    1945 - 1948

    1945
    Creation of a Flavor division
    First pension fund for employees

    1946
    Tetraromes and the first strawberry flavor

    1948
    Opening of affiliate in Mexico City, Mexico
    Opening of affiliate in London, United Kingdom

    1949 - 1954

    1949
    Discovery of Ambrox®

    1951
    Acquisition of La Plaine chemical production factory
    Opening of affiliate in Toronto, Canada

    1952
    Opening of affiliate in Sao Paolo, Brazil


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    1955 - 1961

    1955
    Opening of affiliate in Bogota, Colombia

    1956
    Introduction of a bonus plan for all employees

    1959
    Discovery of Hedione®

    1962 - 1969

    1962
    Introduction of Ambrox®
    Opening of affiliate in Quito, Ecuador

    1964
    Introduction of Furaneol®
    Opening of 15 storey building at La Jonction
    Opening of Firmenich GmbH in Cologne, Germany

    1968
    Opening of Nihon Firmenich K.K. in Japan

    1970 - 1989

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    1970 - 1972

    1970
    Creation of a grouped industrial Social Service in Geneva

    1971
    Introduction of flexible working hours for all employees
    Launch of Muscone

    1972
    The company becomes Firmenich SA


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    1973 - 1975

    1973
    Fred-Henri Firmenich becomes CEO (3rd generation)
    Opening of affiliate in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    1974
    Opening of Firmenich Italy

    1975
    Launch of Rose Ketone bases Dorinia, Damascenia 185 and Cetylia®
    Opening of Firmenich, Vienna


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    1976 -1979

    1976
    Inauguration of a new compounding factory in Meyrin-Satigny, Geneva
    Introduction of retirement preparation seminars

    1977
    Introduction of progressive retirement system
    Launch of Mayol®

    1979
    Launch of Damascone Alpha and Damascone Beta


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    1980 - 1985

    1980
    Creation of work units for the mentally or physically disabled

    1982
    Introduction of Citronova®
    Launch of Damascenone

    1985
    Introduction of Polysantol®
    Opening of Firmenich Limited in Australia, Firmenich Singapore and Firmenich Spain


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    1986 - 1989

    1986
    Acquisition of Chem-Fleur, Port Newark, U.S.

    1988
    Introduction of Firanova®
    Launch of Ambrox® DL, the first totally synthetic amber material
    Opening of new corporate headquarters in Meyrin-Satigny, Geneva
    Opening of new affiliate in South Africa

    1989
    Pierre-Yves Firmenich becomes CEO (3rd generation)
    Opening of new affiliate in Turkey

    1990 - 2001

    1990 - 1992

    1990
    Creation of a holding company, Firmenich (International) SA

    1991
    Discovery of Helvetolide®
    Firmenich signs the Business Charter for Sustainable Development
    Launch of Dynascone®

    1992
    ISO 9001 certification in Geneva
    Firmenich signs the Responsible Care Programme
    Launch of Galbanolene Super

    1993 - 1995

    1993
    Expansion of our R&D Facilities - Geneva, Switzerland

    Launch of Cetalox® 



    1994

    Sites openings: Shanghai, China - Bombay, India - Selangor, Malaysia

    Manufacturing joint ventures in Indonesia and China



    1995
    
Firmenich celebrates its 100th Anniversary

    Rose-ketone plant in La Plaine - Geneva, Switzerland

    Manufacturing Joint-venture in China

    Site opening - Bangkok, Thailand
    Manufacturing plant - Landes, France
    Expansion of our Savory Portfolio: acquisition of Darryl Gunther, Johannesburg, South Africa

    1996 - 1997

    1996
    New sites openings - Beijing, China - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Philippines

    


1997

    Joint venture Firmenich Aromatics (India) Private Ltd, Mumbai, India

    New automated flavor plant - Geneva, Switzerland

    Opening of Georges Firmenich Flavor Technical Center - Princeton, U.S.

    New sites openings - Sri Lanka - Warsaw, Poland - Ibaraki, Japan
    
Launch of Polysantol®

    1998 - 1999

    1998
    Expansion of Perfumery laboratories - Geneva, Switzerland

    Plant openings - Thirsk, United Kingdom -Toluca, Mexico - Kunming, China
    Automated Perfumery compounding plant - Geneva, Switzerland

    
1999

    Expansion of the R&D laboratories - Geneva, Switzerland
    
Body Care research facilities - Cologne, Germany

    Perfumery Development Center for Latin America - Brazil
 Plant opening - Daman, India

    Launch of Muscenone®

    2000 - 2001

    2000
    Plant opening - Port Newark, U.S.
    Site expansion - Tokyo

    Launch of Exaltenone  

    2001
    
Inauguration of the Food & Flavor Expertise Center - Geneva, Switzerland
    
Plant expansion - Port Newark, U.S.
    
New premises - Mexico

    2002 - 2014

    2002 - 2004

    2002
    Patrick Firmenich appointed CEO
    
Acquisition of Bjorge Biomarin AS
, Norway
    Launch of Damascone Gamma and Romascone® 


    2003
    Site expansion - Geneva, Switzerland, and Singapore
    
Joint venture - InnovAroma SA, Geneva, Switzerland

     

2004
    
Launch of Flexarome®
    
New manufacturing and development center - Shanghai, China

    New premises - Mumbai, India

    New perfumery facility - Princeton, U.S.
    
Introduction global HS&E Charter

    Launch of Cetalox® Laevo
    First Firmenich Community Day

    2005 - 2007

    2005
    Acquisition of Noville Inc.

    New perfumery sampling center - Indonesia
    
Launch of Thermarome®
    
Launch of Popscent®

    Annual turnover reaches CHF 2 billion 


    2006
    
Launch of Duralife® Omega3
    
Launch of Dynarome®
    
Introduction of Freshone®
    
Opening of company crèche - Geneva, Switzerland
    
Opening of new R&D center - Shanghai, China




    2007
    
Firmenich signs World Safety Declaration

    Acquisition of Danisco's Flavor Division

    Launch of Neobutenone® Alpha and Coranol

    First public Sustainability Report

    Number of employees worldwide: 5,000

    2008 - 2011

    2008
    Partnership with Senomyx
    
Opening of new Fragrance Development Center - Paris, France 
    Uganda sustainable vanilla program launched



    2009

    Creation of Jean-Marc Bruel Award for HSE

    Creation of Naturals Business Unit

    New Site opening - Dubai, U.A.E. 

    2010
    
 Firmenich enters partnership with Amyris
    Plant opening - Gujarat, India

    2011
    New offices - Jakarta, Indonesia

    2012

    New R&D Center - China


    Swiss Government partners with Firmenich for sustainable sourcing of vetiver in Haiti


    New premises - Jakarta, Indonesia

    Firmenich wins Campbell Award for Health and Safety

    2013

    Operation expansion - Dubai, U.A.E.


    Firmenich vanilla from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms

    
Plant opening - Indonesia


    New offices and laboratories facilities - Mumbai, India


    Firmenich awarded Research Grant for Malodor by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    2014

    MSC certification for seafood flavors


    Joint venture with Jasmine Concrete Exports PT Ltd., Chennai, India


    
Members of The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


    Launch of ClearwoodTM

    2015 - 2017

    2015

    120 years Anniversary

    At COP21 (Paris) launch of 2020 environmental goals to become carbon neutral

    Co-Chair Sustainable Lifestyles Board, WBCSD

    Dupont Operational Excellence Award

    CLEARWOOD® wins first prize for innovation in Europe

    Livelihoods Fund for family farming investors

    #Naturals Together™ launch

    Patrick Firmenich Joins Fragrance Foundation Circle of Champions

    2016

    Joint venture with Essex Laboratories, leading in natural mint solutions

    Inauguration of Léman, state-of-the art Perfumery Plant, Geneva

    Launch of AMBROX®Super, second bio-based ingredient

    UN Biodiversity pledge signatory

    Presidential Award in Indonesia

    Inauguration of New Facilities in Lagos, Nigeria and San Francisco, California

    2017

    Acquisition of Agilex Fragrances

    Launch of breakthrough malodor control technologies with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Dupont Sustainability Award

    “Ethical Business” Award, Better Society Network

    Inauguration of New Facilities in Singapore; Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Barcelona, Spain and Seoul, Korea.

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