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Amplifying governance Leading in Integrity

Doing business the right way is firmly ingrained in our culture. It is critical to our reputation as a family-owned company and to our relationships and collaborations with our business partners.

Succeeding in an ethical way is non-negotiable for us. The Firmenich Fundamentals call on all of our employees to “strictly maintain the highest level of personal integrity and ethical values”. In our day-to-day work, we need to be sure we perform with a level of integrity and ethical excellence that sets us apart. Our Code of Ethics contains the Firmenich Fundamentals and serves as a guide to help us make good decisions whereas our Social and Accountability Standard demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ethical and sustainable business.


CODE OF ETHICS AND BUSINESS CONDUCT

Firmenich has a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, designed to help employees and all Firmenich stakeholders make ethical decisions in their day-to-day work. It is based on our Fundamentals and covers both legal and ethical points, such as conflicts of interest, antitrust, harassment, confidentiality, governance, and political and community activities.

View the Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

The Firmenich Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is also available in: Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.


THE FIRMENICH SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARD

As part of its ongoing commitment to ethical & sustainable business, Firmenich has developed the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard. The Firmenich standard requires compliance with national laws & International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in critical areas of employment and basic human rights including:

  • Child labor
  • Forced labor
  • Health & Safety
  • Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
  • Discipline
  • Discrimination
  • Working Hours
  • Wages

  • In addition to applying this standard in its own affiliates, Firmenich has also included a Supplier Social Accountability Program within its Standard. This requires all suppliers and subcontractors, to formally commit to adhere to similar social standards (although not necessarily on a formal basis), and to provide evidence that these standards are being met.

    View the Firmenich Social Accountability Standard.

    The Firmenich Social Accountability Standard is also available in: French.

    Firmenich also has developed a Gift & Entertainment Policy and an Anti-Corruption Policy. Also, we launched in 2017 the Firmenich Hotline, an independently operated channel whereby any concerns or potential non-compliances can be raised confidentially.

    For more information about our stance and activities on anti-corruption, please consult our Performance and Sustainability Report 2019.

    Discover our Fundamentals in the Firmenich Company Section.


    COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS

    People are at the heart of Firmenich’s success and at the core of our values. As a responsible company, we respect international Human Rights standards and are working to assess our impact through our own operations and our business relationships – as an employer, as a purchaser of raw materials and as a member of the communities where we operate. Learn more about our Human Rights commitments here.


    STATEMENT ON CONFLICT MINERALS

    As a responsible company, Firmenich is committed to respect and support human rights as evidenced by our Human Rights Policy Statement and our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.
    “Conflict mineral” is defined by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) as cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives, or any other minerals. Those minerals are tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold also known as 3TG. It is widely recognized that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals originating from conflict-affected and high risk areas can be a cause of dispute where the revenues from the 3TG fuel violent conflicts leading to human rights abuses. Please find our Conflict Minerals Statement here.
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