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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. The following sustainability record systematically presents all of the aspects and indicators deemed essential by Symrise regarding its profile as well as its business, environmental and social performance for the fiscal year 2015. Informational briefs on the individual GRI items are supplemented with interactive links. These links will take you to additional information, data and facts. The reporting is being performed according to the “Comprehensive” option pursuant to the GRI’s G4 sustainability reporting guidelines. All of the sustainability disclosures marked with a  were audited and verified by an external assurance review pursuant to the AA1000 Assurance Standard. The review assesses all quantitative and qualitative disclosures. The corresponding certification can be found here.

1. General Standard Disclosures

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Strategy and Analysis G4-1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization 1-10
G4-2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities
Organizational Profile G4-3 Name of the organization
G4-4 Primary brands, products, and/or services
G4-5 Location of organization's headquarters
G4-6 Number of countries where the organization operates
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form
G4-8 Markets served
G4-9 Scale of the reporting organization
G4-10 Total number of employees by employment contract and gender
G4-11 Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. 1,3
G4-12 Organizations' supply chain
G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain
G4-14 Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization 7
G4-15 List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives 1-10
G4-16 List memberships of associations 1-10
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries G4-17 List all entities included in the organization's consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents.
G4-18 Process for defining the Report Content and the Aspect Boundaries
G4-19 Report Content and Aspect Boundaries
G4-20 Aspect Boundary within the organization
G4-21 Aspect Boundary outside the organization
G4-22 The effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements
G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries
Stakeholder Engagement G4-24 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
G4-25 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
G4-26 Approaches to stakeholder engagement
G4-27 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement
Report Profile G4-28 Reporting period
G4-29 Date of most recent previous report
G4-30 Reporting cycle
G4-31 Contact point for questions
G4-32 GRI Content Index
G4-33 External assurance for the report
Governance G4-34 Governance structure of the organization
G4-35 Process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics
G4-36 Executive-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics
G4-37 Report processes for consultation between stakeholders and the highest governance body
G4-38 Composition of the highest governance body and its committees
G4-39 Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer
G4-40 Report the nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees
G4-41 Processes for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided and managed
G4-42 Highest governance body's and senior executive's roles in the development, approval, and updating of the organization's purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts 1-10
G4-43 Measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body's collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics 1-10
G4-44 Processes for evaluation of the highest governance body's performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics 1-10
G4-45 Highest governance body's role in the identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities 1-10
G4-46 Highest governance body's role on reviewing the effectiveness of the organization's risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topic 1-10
G4-47 Frequency of highest governance body's review of economic, environmental and social impacts risks, and opportunities 1-10
G4-48 Highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization's sustainability report
G4-49 Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body 3
G4-50 Critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body
G4-51 Remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives 1-10
G4-52 Process for determining remuneration
G4-53 Stakeholders' views sought and taken into account regarding remuneration
G4-54 Ratio of annual total compensation for the organization's highest-paid individual
G4-55 Ratio of percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organization's highest-paid individual
Ethics and integrity G4-56 Organization's values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics 1-10
G4-57 Internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior, and matters related to organizational integrity
G4-58 Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior, and matters related to organizational integrity 1-10

2. Specific Standard Disclosures

2.1 Economy

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA
Economic Performance G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed
G4-EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change 7-9
G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations
G4-EC4 Financial assistance received from government
Market Presence G4-EC5 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation 6
G4-EC6 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation
Procurement Practices G4-EC9 Proportion of spending on local suppliers
FP1 Suppliers that conform with procurement policy
FP2 Percentage of products purchased according to sustainability standards

2.2 Environment

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA
Materials G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume 8
G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials 8,9
Energy G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization 8
G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organization 8
G4-EN5 Energy intensity 8
G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption 8,9
G4-EN7 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services 8,9
Water G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source 8
G4-EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water 8
G4-EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused 8
Biodiversity G4-EN11 Operational sites in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value 8
G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts on biodiversity in protected areas 8
G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored 8,9
G4-EN14 Number of IUCN Red List species in areas affected by operations 8
Emissions G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 8
G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 8
G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 8
G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity 8
G4-EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 8,9
G4-EN20 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) 8
G4-EN21 NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions 8
Effluents and Waste G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination 8
G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method 8
G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills 8
G4-EN25 Waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention 8
G4-EN26 Water bodies and related habitats signifcantly affected by the organization's discharges of water and runoff 8
Products and Services G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services 7-9
G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed 8,9
Compliance G4-EN29 Significant fines for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations 8
Transport G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transports 8
Overall G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures 8
Supplier Environmental Assessment G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria 7,8
G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain 7,8

2.3 Working Conditions and Decent Employment

Aspect Idicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA 1-6
Employment G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover
Occupational Health and Safety G4-LA5 Workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees
G4-LA6 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation 1
G4-LA7 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions
G4-LA8 Average hours of training per year per employee
Training and Education G4-LA9 Number of hours for training and development
G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning
G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews
Diversity and Equal Opportunity G4-LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category 1,6
Equal Remuneration for Women and Men G4-LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men 1,6
Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria 1-6
G4-LA15 Significant actual and potential negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain 1-6

2.4 Human Rights

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA 1-6
Investment G4-HR1 Investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses 1-6
G4-HR2 Employee training on human rights policies or procedures 1-6
Non-Discrimination G4-HR3 Total number of incidents of discrimination 6
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining G4-HR4 Operations and suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated 1,3
Child Labor G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor 1,5
Forced or compulsory Labor G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor 1,4
Indigenous Rights G4-HR8 Violations involving rights of indigenous peoples and actions taken
Assessment G4-HR9 Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews 1,4
Supplier Human Rights Assessment G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria 1-6
G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain 1-6
Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms G4-HR12 Grievances about human rights impacts

2.5 Society

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA 10
Anti-Corruption G4-SO3 Operations assessed for risks related to corruption 10
G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures 10
G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken 10
Anti-competitive Behavior G4-SO7 Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices
Compliance G4-SO8 Fines and sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations
Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society
G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken
Animal Welfare FP9 Number of animals according to species
FP10 Physical alterations and the use of anaesthetic
FP11 Livestock breeding
FP12 Use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, hormones and/or growth enhancers
FP13 Animal transport and slaughter

2.6 Product Responsibility

Aspect Indicator Name COP Info
Management Approach G4-DMA 1
Costumer Health and Safety G4-PR1 Significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement 1
G4-PR2 Number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services
FP5 Products from safety certified production plants
FP6 Products with reduced fat, sodium and sugar levels
FP7 Products with an increased level of fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbal or health-promoting additives
Product and Service Labeling G4-PR3 Principles/ procedures for product and service information and labelling
G4-PR4 Incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling
G4-PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction
Customer Privacy G4-PR9 Significant fines concerning the provision and use of products and services
Key Figures of the Group