FIRMENICH CONFIRMS EXCELLENCE IN NATURALS WITH THIRD ‘NATURALS TOGETHER’ EVENT IN SINGAPORE
Geneva, Switzerland, October 4, 2016 – Firmenich proudly hosted its third signature “Naturals Together” event in Singapore, building on the success of its New York and Paris editions. Bringing together 16 of world’s best natural ingredient producers, the event focused on the importance of responsible sourcing, and how Firmenich partners with smallholder farmers around the world to shape a sustainable future for its natural ingredients.
“Our “Naturals Together” initiative ensures we truly make a difference to the lives of the local farmers that produce our natural ingredients,” says Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. “Through these strategic partnerships, we offer our customer’s nature’s finest ingredients, while preserving them for the generations to come.”
“We believe in win-win partnerships to drive change in naturals,” says Dominique Roques, Head of Naturals Purchasing, Firmenich. “Our ‘Naturals Together’ community is based on new business models, shared innovation and responsible sourcing. Also, by engaging our customers with our partners in the field, we are driving change, supporting farming communities and setting the path for the future.”
Kicking-off in the patchouli fields of Java, where Firmenich leads a responsible sourcing initiative with Indesso, key partners were able to experience first-hand the benefits of a “Naturals Together” partnership and its positive impact at source.
An engaging panel discussion followed in Singapore to discuss how to sustainably grow and produce Naturals in a context of fast-increasing demand. Moderated by Stephanie Draper, Deputy Chief Executive, Forum for the Future, panellists included experts in Citrus from Italy, Cardamom from Guatemala and Patchouli from Indonesia.
Directly following the panel, Firmenich presented the second annual “Source and Soul Awards” to Pierre Leger, of Frager a leading producer of vetiver in Haiti; and El Sayed Machaly of Machalico, a key producer of jasmine in Egypt. Both were recognized for their invaluable contributions to supporting small farming communities in their countries over the past decades, while bringing their iconic products to the highest levels of international recognition.
An immersive sensorial experience rounded out the event, where customers from across Asia were invited and encouraged to discover the source of our naturals. Smelling and tasting sessions, highlighted a wide array of exquisite raw materials, including vanilla, mint, rose, orange flower, vetiver, and jasmine.
To learn more about Naturals Together, visit: www.firmenich.com/naturalstogether
About ‘Naturals Together’
At Firmenich, we source and craft for our creators and the market, the most precious, innovative and sustainable natural ingredients. This represents 150 species, supplied by 100 producers, locally sourced in 40 countries. Contributing to the livelihoods of 250,000 families.