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Europe: Symrise signs biological diversity pledge

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Symrise has signed the Business and Biodiversity Pledge, a voluntary commitment to the objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

By doing this, Symrise is again sending a clear signal about the global protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biological resources.

This means that the company is underscoring its responsibility to protect and preserve intact ecosystems and rich biodiversity for current and future generations.

While feeling the impact of global challenges such as the increasing loss of biodiversity, the Symrise business model is connected to potential effects on species and ecosystems, which it is addressing systematically through its corporate biodiversity management.

As a member of the global network, Symrise will implement its biodiversity agenda that ranges from sustainable raw materials and supply chain management to product development.

It also includes direct involvement locally, such as in the Amazon region of Brazil or in Madagascar.

At the same time, Symrise acts as an ambassador for biodiversity, spreading awareness for the need to protect species and ecosystems through manifold initiatives with various players, and reports on its measures in a clear, understandable way.

Biodiversity, by definition, comprises the diversity of natural habitats, ecosystems, plant and animal species as well as genetic variety within the species.

According to the UN Environment Programme, more than 16,000 species around the world were endangered in 2007.

The total number of species has decreased by 40% between 1970 and 2000.

The UN CBE was created to counteract further loss of biodiversity around the world.

The biodiversity convention or CBD was agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The three main goals of the UN Convention are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.