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Transparent Reporting Sustainable Supply Chains

Much of the impact we have as a business lies beyond our own facilities, in complex supply chains that reach as far back as individual smallholder farmers and producers in remote locations of the world.


Firmenich has been a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) for nine years. Sedex is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Using the Sedex platform, we share audit results and self-assessment questionnaires from our manufacturing sites with our customers. We use this global platform both as a supplier and a buyer. We also use Sedex risk assessment tools at our manufacturing sites. If assessments show any issues, we work together to solve them. As part of our Firmenich Fundamentals we asked our suppliers to register on Sedex and share information about their business practices.


EcoVadis is a collaborative platform that enables companies with global supply chains to measure and report sustainability performance across 198 industries and 155 countries.

In FY18, for the third consecutive year, EcoVadis awarded Firmenich a “gold” rating with a score of 82/100, placing us among the top 1% of all suppliers assessed on sustainability performance.


As part of our commitment to ethical and sustainable business, we developed the Firmenich Social Accountability Standards. They require compliance with national laws, International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and recommendations, and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in critical areas including:

  • Child labor
  • Labor
  • Health and safety
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Discipline
  • Discrimination
  • Working hours
  • Wages

  • In addition to applying these standards internally, Firmenich believes in maintaining this level of excellence across our entire value chain by requiring all suppliers and subcontractors to formally commit to a Supplier Social Accountability Program. If a supplier violates these principles, we will work jointly to have them meet our standards.


    Beyond asking our suppliers to formally commit to our Social Accountability Standards, we conduct regular audits at our suppliers’ facilities. If a supplier does not meet our standards, we will put in place action plans to help the supplier meet them.

    To find out more about our audit programs, please consult our Performance and Sustainability Report 2019.


    Our manufacturing sites are certified under ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) standards. These third-party certifications confirm we have applied comprehensive management systems to comply with all relevant health, safety and environmental (HSE) legal requirements and our stringent corporate HSE principles and codes.

    Overview of our certifications
    Food Safety ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain wishes to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.

    Food Safety HACCP/FPA/BRC/AIB encompass several global standards which are aimed at assuring product integrity in the realm of food safety, inclusive of regulatory related food safety standards (e.g. contaminants, residues, etc.), product security (e.g. addressing terror and tempering threats), and the entire sphere of conventional HACCP based and pre-requisite programs.

    ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard. It defines a set of environmental management requirements for environmental management systems. The purpose of this standard is to help companies to protect the environment, to prevent pollution and to improve their overall environmental performance.

    ISO 9001:2000 defines excellent standards for effective Quality Management Systems and is integral with management, documentation and manufacturing practices organization-wide. This standard specifies a process-based approach with value added, customer-focused activities on which personnel, planning, resources and metrics are built to assure product quality, continuous improvement and business strategy are optimized.

    The terms “Kosher” and “Halal” refer to dietary rules followed by religiously observant Jews and Muslims. The aim of certification is to give Halal and Kosher consumers confidence that the products they consume comply with the complex rules governing what is permissible for them to eat. Independent agencies such as the Orthodox Union (OU) for Kosher and the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for Halal provide certification.

    OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. This standard was created via the concerted effort from a number of the world’s leading national standards bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultancies.
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