Sustainability and responsibility

In our sustainability reporting, we comply with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from the version GRI Standards (2016), including the most recent updates from 2018, 2019 and 2020.

In doing so, we conform to the highest application level “In accordance – Comprehensive”, which means that we fully account for all the material topics. As an active member of the Global Compact, we adhere to its universal principles for responsible corporate management as well as to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations (SDGs). We actively contribute to achieving them along our entire value chain, from the generation of raw materials and product development to our customer relationships. The following chapters focus on our sustainable activities throughout these stages of the value chain. Sustainable partnerships and dialogue with our stakeholders are a central starting point and motivator for us – the following pages depict some of our internal and external partners and their perspectives along our value chain.

We have integrated all quantitative and qualitative transparency information, our strategic approach and the management concepts of our material topics into our Sustainability Record in accordance with the GRI and thus meet the requirements of the CSR Directive Implementation Law (CSR-RUG) pursuant to Section 289b (3) of the German Commercial Code (HGB). All information has been externally audited in accordance with the AA1000 Assurance Standard.

Publications on sustainability 2020

Focus on Corporate Report

  • Integrated corporate strategy
  • Central non-financial management key figures
  • An overview of sustainability management and material topics
  • Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along the value chain

Focus on Sustainability Record

  • All key figures and information are in accordance with the GRI standards
  • Non-financial report pursuant to Section 289b (3) of the German Commercial Code (HGB)
  • Progress report for the Global Compact
  • TCFD Index with references in the CDP questionnaire
  • SASB Index on reporting requirements covered
Sustainability Record

Sustainability Record

The Sustainability Record of Symrise for 2020, which includes all key figures, facts and data in accordance with the GRI as well as references to the standards mentioned above, is available online and as a downloadable PDF on our separate microsite.

The complete Symrise CDP Questionnaire 2020 is also available on our website. All Symrise policies can also be downloaded there.

Highlights 2020

New Partnerships in 2020

Joining and signing the following new initiatives, commitments and collaborative alliances

  • Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
  • Business Amibition for 1.5°C
  • IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter
  • Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)
  • Together with Nature
  • United in the Business of a Better World


Share of electricity from renewable sources


Share of women at the second global management level


Share of palm oil and its derivatives from certified sustainable sources

Further Stories >


Sustainable systematically

Symrise takes a systematic approach to sustainability. Based on our materiality analysis, we regularly identify key issues that are important for our business and in relation to our impact on the environment, society and our stakeholders.

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Goals and management of our sustainability topics

Goals and management of our sustainability topics

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Sustainability along the value chain

We keep a sustainable view on every single stage of our value chain.

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Sustainability record

Symrise uses the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for reporting on its non-financial and sustainability-related performance.

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