Our Values, Goals, Responsibility

At Symrise, shared values form the basis for shared goals: We strive for economic success and, at the same time, embrace our responsibility to the environment, our em­ployees and society. Sustainability is an integral part of our busi­ness model. It provides us with tangible competitive advantages and secures the long-term success of the company.

Successful companies distinguish themselves through their strong corporate cultures. Symrise is a perfect example of this. Our employees in more than 40 countries around the world share these values as a basis for shared goals: Our values – our roots – describe the attitude and team spirit we are committed to at Symrise. They explain the manner in which we want to achieve our goals.

Symrise is one of the world’s leading suppliers of custom fragrance, taste and nutrition solutions, many with health-promoting or nurturing characteristics. We want to further secure and expand this position by constantly being among the most profitable companies in the industry. Above-average sales growth, steady increases in efficiency, and targeted expansion and optimization of the product portfolio are key levers for achieving this goal.

Symrise assumes responsibility that goes beyond the company itself. It takes its customers and consumers, its employees, society and the environment into consideration. Sustainability is a core component of the business model at Symrise. Our corporate strategy integrates economic ambitions with our four sustainability approaches: footprint, innovation, sourcing and care. In this way, we ensure value creation that is oriented to the long term and allow our stakeholders to participate in the company’s success.

Our special commitment is to global climate protection. Symrise has reported on its activities in this area on the CDP platform since 2006. In 2017, Symrise was one of the first companies worldwide to receive approval for its scientifically based climate targets. Since 2018, Symrise has also been one of the now over 1,700 companies all over the world that supports the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Our scenario analyses in the areas of climate change, water and forests for the CDP reporting are accordingly consistent with the recommendations of the TCFD. Further information on our climate-related reporting can be found in our Sustainability Record 2020, where we also refer to the covered reporting requirements of the Sustainabi­lity Accounting Standards Board (SASB). We have been sourcing all of our external electricity from renewable sources in Germany since 2018 – our goal has been to expand this measure to our sites worldwide by 2025. In view of the aggravating situation concerning climate change, we again inten­sified our efforts in 2020 and thus were able to reach our ambitious goal ahead of schedule. In 2020, we demonstrably covered our external electricity needs worldwide using renewable sources. Our major goal: Symrise wants to be climate-positive starting in 2030!

You can find further information at “Sustainability & Responsibility”

Our mission: What’s our task?

We develop customized fragrance, flavoring and nutrition solutions, which often contain health-promoting or nurturing properties. We combine our knowledge of consumers’ changing needs with creativity and ground-breaking technologies. In this way, we ensure value creation that is oriented to the long term and allow our stakeholders to participate in the company’s success.

Our vision: What drives us forward?

We take responsibility seriously, letting our creativity unfurl with a focus on the highest quality along with sustainable processes and products. This makes even the most everyday items a special experience for consumers and their loved ones. In this way, we fulfill our promise of “always inspiring more...” day after day.

Our strategy: What makes us successful?

The three pillars of our strategy translate the mission, vision and values into concrete goals. This allows us to ensure the success of our company both today and in the future.

Sustainability: How do we implement it?

We focus our sustainable and profitable growth on four objectives. That’s because we are paving the way for future generations with increasingly efficient processes and a portfolio that helps to meet the basic needs of a growing global population in terms of nutrition, health and well-being.

Our values: Who are we and what do we stand for?

Our values describe the attitude and team spirit we are committed to at Symrise. They explain the manner in which we want to achieve our goals.


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Sustainability at Symrise

Sustainability is an integral component of the Symrise business model and corporate strategy.

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Our Goal: Climate-positive starting in 2030

The business activities of Symrise will contribute to preventing or sequestering more greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere than we produce through our operating activities.

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2020 Track Record and 2025 Goals

The power of holistic action: In 2020, Symrise put the stability of its business model and resilience in times of crisis to the test amid a difficult environment.

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Highlights 2020

Highlights in 2020

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Editorial of the Global ­Management ­Committee

Increasing the value of the company and solidifying its future prospects are the key pillars that define our strategy at Symrise. For us, economic success and sustainability go hand in hand.

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Our Company

Symrise products provide exciting flavor and fragrance experiences, improve food characteristics, and contribute to the health and well-being of consumers in more than 150 countries around the world.

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