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Goals and management
of our sustainability topics

Topic Selected goals Achievement of targets in 2020 Management-methods Value chain SDGs
Responsible sourcing Increase the share of main suppliers4 rated according to sustainability criteria to 100 % by 2025.

Responsible sourcing of all strategic biological raw materials by 2025.
67 % of our main suppliers4 assessed according to sustainability criteria.

Sustainable sourcing of 72 % of our strategic biological raw materials in 2020.
Supplier screening, certifications and audits; involvement in international (industry) initiatives (SAI, FSC, CDP supply chain program, Rainforest Alliance, RSPO, GIZ, Save the Children, IFFO, etc.) Raw materials icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development
Climate protection & emission reduction Symrise will be climate-positive starting in 2030. Increase in eco-efficiency related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2)1 by 13 %. This means we have achieved our 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 + 2) based on added value by 33 % compared to 2010 ahead of schedule. Now we want to increase the eco-efficiency of emissions by more than 60 % compared to 2010 by 2025.

100 % of electricity from renewable sources in 2020.
TCFD commitment,
CDP climate change

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Responsible use of raw materials Annual reduction of 4 % of chemical oxygen in wastewater as well as our sensitive waste through increased eco-efficiency by 2025, or by a total of 60 % compared to 2010. Efficiency of chemical oxygen demand in waste­water1 sank by 22.6 % in the reporting year due to the first-time consolidation of ADF / IDF, action plan started. Increase in efficiency of sensitive waste1 by 19.8 % – mainly due to process improvements at the site in Holzminden, Germany. Green chemistry approach, recovery through patented SymTrap® process

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Good Corporate Governance & Compliance By 2025, we are planning for an above-average global tax rate of 26 to 28 %.

Ensure that all Symrise sites are audited in accordance with relevant standards.
In 2020, our effective Group tax rate was 25.6 %.

100 % of Symrise sites audited in accordance with relevant standards.
Further development of the Integrated Management System (IMS), external certifications, internal and external audits. Raw materials icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development

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Sustainable partnerships Establish and increase trust, knowledge transfer and synergies between Symrise companies and NGOs, suppliers, political institutions and local partners. Continuation of long-term project partnerships.

Joined new initiatives in 2020, including Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA), Business Ambition for 1.5 °C, Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, Together with Nature, IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter.
Involvement in a variety of international industry collaborations, partnerships and pre-competitive approaches. Raw materials icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development icon-sustainable-development

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Innovative & sustainable product design More than 15 % of our sales with new product developments by 2025. With 15.4 % of sales from new product developments2, we have once again exceeded our target value in the reporting year. Market and trend research, consideration of regulatory requirements, product sustainability scorecard, green chemistry approach

Integrated management system, Nagoya Protocol Committee, Nagoya policy

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Responsible use of water Increased water efficiency at production sites located in regions affected by water stress. Efficiency of water consumption3 increased by 3.1 % in the reporting year. Symrise water policy, CDP water

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Protection of biodiversity Responsible sourcing of all strategic biological raw materials by 2025. Sustainable sourcing of 72 % of our strategic bio­logical raw materials in 2020.

100 % of palm oil and its derivatives came from certified sustainable sources in 2020.
Sustainable supply chain management, raw material certifications, backward integration, CDP forest

Involvement in a variety of international (industry) initiatives.
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Product quality & safety Maintaining a high level of product safety management. No significant product safety incidents in 2020. Internal and external audits; safety certifications

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Compliance with human rights Increase the share of main suppliers4 rated according to sustainability criteria to 100 % by 2025. 67 % of our main suppliers4 assessed according to sustainability criteria. Internal and external audits and certification; supplier screening (SEDEX /EcoVadis) and supplier audits

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Occupational health & safety “Zero-accident culture” and reduction in frequency of accidents to MAQ <1.5 by 2025. Routine management safety visits by global managers.

Continuous implementation of the Drive to 100 % Safety project through company-wide initiatives and training.
Management safety visits, ISO 45001 as of 2020, both internal and external audits, continuous safety training courses

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Facility safety Maintain a high level of safety management at the facilities. No significant facility safety incidents in 2020. Internal and external audits, certifications and inspections

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Employee development & advancement Maintenance and expansion of training courses and employee support at all sites. 2020 global, cross-divisional rollout of our career development and talent review process with a focus on 1,700 employees for whom career development plans have been created. Talent management, personnel development and employee recruitment

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Diversity & equal opportunity At least 30 %, women at the first global management level directly below the Executive Board and at least 45 % at the second global management level by 2025. Long-term target of 20 % of women on the Executive Board. Of the 10,665 employees worldwide in 2020, 4,166 were women. This corresponds to a proportion of 39.1 %.

The share of women at the first level of management beneath the Executive Board amounted to 28 % in 2020; at the second level of management it amounted to 42 %.
Integrated Management System, talent management, employee recruitment

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Employer attractiveness Maintain and increase site attractiveness, establish Symrise as an “employer of choice”. Repeated recognition from “Capital” magazine in 2020 as one of “Germany’s best instructors 2020.” Site activities, employee recruitment

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Animal welfare Fulfill animal welfare standards in our supply chain.

100 % of our chicken-based raw materials in Europe procured from sustainable sources by 2026.
2020 drafting a guideline on handling animal experiments.

Review of the EU Better Chicken Commitment developed in 2018 by Diana Food together with the NGO Compassion in World Farming, including higher animal welfare guidelines for North America, with regard to its transferability to the new ADF/IDF business unit (after divestment of the Banks County production facility at the end of 2019).
Animal welfare policy, commitment to international animal welfare standards with partners, supplier qualification, supplier assessments and audits, traceability

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Support of local communities Maintain and expand collaboration with local partners and communities. Tailored support for local communities (charitable, social) in areas where Symrise sources its strategic raw materials. Needs assessments according to site

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1 All values relative to the value added
2 Relative to market launch in the past three years
3 Production sites in arid regions (2018 – 2025 increase by a total of 15 %)
4 Based on 80 % (by 2020) or 90 % (by 2025) of the purchasing volume: ADF /IDF main suppliers will be assessed from 2021 onwards

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