Symrise has received two prizes at DQS’ German Awards for Excellence in the Responsible Sourcing and Life Cycle Assessment categories.
It is one of the 10 companies in 12 categories that was recognized for exemplary sustainability management.
Responsible sourcing refers to sourcing management that recognizes and upholds social responsibilities with regard to both ethical and environmental impact along the supply chain.
To do this, Symrise maintains long-term and close partnerships with its suppliers, particularly those in developing and emerging markets, while also engaging in social and ecological projects in the local producer communities.
The judging panel was particularly impressed with the Symrise project for the sustainable cultivation of vanilla in Madagascar.
To help secure its collaboration with approximately 7,000 farmers in 90 villages on the island, the company invests in education and environmental measures and in local infrastructure.
For instance, the construction of a vanilla extraction facility in Madagascar shortens transport distances, lowers emissions and concentrates a greater share of added value in the region.
Symrise received the award in the Life Cycle Assessment category for its systematic approach to analyzing the environmental impacts of raw materials and products over their entire life cycle.
The company uses its Product Sustainability Scorecard System to assess the environmentally relevant impacts of raw materials and products via a comprehensive, scientifically sound analysis.
This standardized approach ensures the comparability of the results and better enables Symrise to select the most environmentally friendly alternative compared to other options.