Firmenich is one of the largest buyers of Vanilla bean in the world, a critical and strategic raw material that Firmenich mainly sources from Madagascar, where 80% of its world production comes from. Firmenich is partnering with one of the main actors of Vanilla in Madagascar, its NaturalsTogether™ member and supplier for 10 years, to increase sourcing sustainability. The responsible supply strategy relies on multiple actions including direct support to a cooperative, created in the SAVA area and supported by Firmenich and its partner for 8 years, and to farmer associations in Andapa. In the villages achievements are numerous: drilling wells for drinking water, constructing classrooms for a school, etc. Farmers received trainings on the best farming practices for vanilla, and agriculture has been diversified with new cash crops that provide additional revenue. Firmenich is also an active member of the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI), a voluntary industry initiative.
Benefits in use
High vanillin level
Did you know ?
The raw material is extracted from the cured vanilla pods