Symrise recognized for sustainable milestones

The achievements work towards the company's goal of net-zero direct emissions by 2030.

Symrise, headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, achieved significant sustainable milestones in 2023, underscoring its commitment to responsibility and environmental stewardship. Key achievements include:

  • Increased share of strategic biological raw materials from sustainable sources to 95%, a result of enhanced monitoring and collaboration with suppliers
  • Conducted sustainability risk assessments of all suppliers in compliance with the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, with 70% reporting on their emission reduction measures
  • Improved eco-efficiency of chemical oxygen demand in wastewater by 10.7% and reduced water consumption by 30.9% at dry locations in countries like Egypt, India, Mexico, Spain and Chile
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions from purchased raw materials and services in the supply chain (Scope 3) by approximately 43% between 2016 and 2023

These accomplishments align with Symrise's overarching climate goals, aiming for net-zero direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2) by 2030, and a 30% reduction in emissions in the supply chain (Scope 3). The company aims to achieve net-zero Group-wide by 2045.

To drive these ambitious targets, Symrise launched the Houston program, focusing on establishing a unified framework and mindset across all divisions. Central to the program is the uniform calculation of carbon and water footprints at product and company levels, facilitating comprehensive measurement, analysis and improvement of environmental impact.

As part of its Low Carbon Transition Plan, Symrise is implementing various measures to reduce CO2 emissions, including investing in renewable energy sources like a photovoltaic system in Granada, Spain. The company also aims to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen and improve product recipes for a 30% reduction in emissions.

Bernhard Kott, chief sustainability officer at Symrise, emphasizes the company's commitment to protecting the climate and biodiversity while meeting customer demands for sustainable products. With continued investments in process efficiency, Symrise aims to minimize its environmental footprint and remain an industry pioneer.

For more information, visit Symrise's Sustainability Record 2023.

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