Sourcing

Producing and partnering at source

We source all our natural ingredients in ways that respect and benefit growers and their communities. We operate in line with our own Responsible Sourcing Policy and run a supplier improvement program.

 

VIEW HOW WE SOURCE RESPONSIBLY

 

We run an ambitious global partnering program to complement our two Naturals production sites at Grasse, France and Lakeland, USA. Altogether, our Naturals come from more than 45 countries. They are grown and harvested by millions of farmers and extracted by hundreds of producers.

 

We partner with producers in fair business, innovation and responsible sourcing projects, in ways that meet their expectations – including minority and majority shareholders, joint ventures or premium partnerships.

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Some of our global partnerships

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“By sharing with producers, we can work together to improve the olfactive qualities of our natural ingredients, from the farm to the flacon.”

Fabrice Pellegrin

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Partnering Program

Our partnering program keeps close to our Naturals suppliers around the world and helps us promote fair business, encourage innovation and ensure responsible sourcing. Our partnerships focus on three key benefits.

 

Traceability

 

Improving traceability of ingredients from farm to fragrance, using digital technology for key supply chains, including Patchouli in Indonesia and Vanilla in Madagascar. 

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Supporting local communities

 

 Supporting local communities by running programs on agriculture management, biodiversity, education, women empowerment and social benefits.

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Sharing expertise 

 

Sharing excellence acquired at our Natural Center of Expertise and from our perfumery and flavor creative teams, for the benefit of our customers. 

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Sharing the best through NATURALSTOGETHER™

Launched in 2014,  NATURALSTOGETHER™ brands our best initiatives around natural ingredients suppliers, supply chains & products.

 

NATURALSTOGETHER™ is originally a gathering of 23 world’s leading natural ingredient suppliers willing to engage with Firmenich in sharing experiences, progress and their vision of the future of naturals. This highly collaborative initiative offers our customers full transparency and access to operations at source. It illustrates best practices in supply chains management and facilitates shared innovation that combines sourcing practices and technology.

 

Thanks to our partners, NATURALSTOGETHER™ is the privileged source for our portfolio of communities support programs.

 

NATURALSTOGETHER™ is also a selected collection of premium naturals in our palettes. In addition to being responsibly sourced, these ingredients offer extra value like specific origins or traceability to the farm.

 

 

NATURALS TOGETHER™
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“By working hand in hand with producers we are helping to support livelihoods in local communities and protect biodiversity.”

Dominique Roques

VICE PRESIDENT NATURALS, PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNICATIONS, FIRMENICH

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