FIRMENICH PUBLICLY COMMITS TO 100% SUSTAINABLE JUICE
Geneva, Switzerland, October 19th 2017 – Firmenich is proud to have signed the Sustainable Juice Covenant, joining forces with leading European beverage and food companies to commit to creating 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030. Under the coordination of IDH: the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Firmenich, Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products b.v., have agreed to target 100% verified sustainable sourcing for their juices within the next decade. With the support of AIJN, the European Fruit Juice Association, the coalition will work on the certification/verification of their supply chains, and jointly set up projects to address specific sustainability issues such as smallholder inclusion, working conditions, soil erosion and degradation, and climate resilience.
“Firmenich has a 122 year heritage of leading its business responsibly. That’s why we are committed to running the most ethical, traceable and sustainable value chain,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “We are very proud to be the first in our industry to sign this covenant, underlining our commitment to advancing sustainability across our supply chain, while enhancing the livelihoods of the local farmers that produce citrus fruits.”
“Consumers across Europe want sustainable juice, with transparency on where the fruit comes from and how juices are made,” said Tony Bruggink, Program Director IDH and Chairman of the Sustainable Juice Covenant. “To make this happen sustainably, collective action is key. That’s why we are proud to be working with front-running juice companies such as Friesland Campina and Flavor houses such as Firmenich.”
In 2015, 9.6 billion liters of fruit juice and nectar was consumed in the EU and 38.5 liters globally. The EU remains the largest juice-consuming region, followed by North America.
To determine specific sustainability issues in the juice sector, IDH, together with WWF, developed a supply risk analysis for the countries where juice production occurs. This analysis gives covenant partners insight on sustainability issues for selected product-market combinations.
Next steps for the coalition are to put annual process monitoring in place, set pre-competitive projects in the field and to develop an activity plan for the first year. The partners are also seeking to inspire more liked-minded companies to join the covenant and work together towards a more sustainable supply chain. The covenant is open to all players in the supply chain.
For more on Firmenich’s many strategic achievements and sustainability breakthroughs in 2017, please read this year’s Firmenich Performance and Sustainability Report FY17.
Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor business. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.34 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2017.