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Accelerating Growth Championing Responsible Sourcing

Our goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to offer our creators and customers the most innovative and comprehensive palette of natural ingredients, while operating the most traceable, ethical and sustainable value chain.

Underpinning our approach, our Responsible Sourcing Policy is designed to engage our suppliers on this journey and outlines specific requirements for suppliers of natural ingrédients.

To achieve this, we lead a broad and deep presence at source, engaging in three types of approaches with like-minded visionary organizations: actions at source and privileged partnerships encompassed by our Naturals Together™ program and ingredients innovation.


Actions at source: supporting farming communities
We support the sustainable livelihoods of our farming communities most at risk. Projects are selected against a comprehensive assessment of 150 supply chains, using more than 50 criteria covering economic, social, environmental, supply reliability and compliance aspects. We aim to make a positive impact on 100,000 direct beneficiaries through 40 projects by 2020. Today, we reach 74,000 beneficiaries through 31 projects.

To find out more about our projects and activities, please consult our Performance and Sustainability Report 2019.

Privileged partnerships: partnering with producers
Partnering with the best natural producers in the world who share our values, we aim to shape the most high-quality, ethical, traceable and sustainable natural ingredients.

Suppliers at source are critical to ensuring sustainable practices are implemented on the ground. Through our Naturals Together™ (NT) community, we build long-term partnerships with some of the world’s best natural producers.

Selected through extensive due diligence, we currently count 18 NT partners. Taking a tailored approach, we support and invest in their supply chains to ensure their high standards of compliance and inclusive practices.

To find out more about Naturals Together™ please visit our webpage and watch the videos here.


Advancing our excellence in naturals
In the cradle of perfumery, our Naturals Center of Excellence in Grasse, France, combines our leadership in innovation with sustainable sourcing. It processes nearly 800 tonnes of raw materials each year, sourced from all over the world – utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as CO2 extraction.

Our Citrus Center of Excellence in Lakeland, Florida, offers a unique portfolio of citrus notes. Its expertise is enhanced by regional creation capabilities in Geneva, São Paulo and Shanghai.

Expanding our reach, we entered three strategic partnerships at source to develop high-quality natural specialties: with Jasmine Concrete in Tamil Nadu, India; with Essex Laboratories in Oregon, U.S.; and with Nelixia, in Guatemala, Central America.

To find out more about our ingredients innovation, please visit our webpage on ingredients.

Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing
Beyond regulatory compliance, in alignment with our integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Firmenich pledged to only use palm oil and palm kernel oil derived from sustainable sources in our products; and to only source RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified direct palm oil for all active and new products, and for palm oil derivatives.

Please find here our Position Paper on palm oil.

Firmenich sources Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – certified direct palm oil for all active and new products. Regarding palm oil derivatives, we worked to develop substitutes whenever possible, and when no substitution was possible, we asked our suppliers to either provide us with certification from RSPO or Green Trade Palm.

Last year, we achieved our goal to both reduce our footprint in the palm oil industry and solely source our remaining materials from suppliers using certified sustainable palm oil.
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