Our activities impact the environment in ways that extend from the extraction and processing of raw materials to product development, production and logistics. For this reason, we evaluate the entire value chain. Our goal is to scale back resource consumption, actively avoid and minimize the harmful effects on the environment, and eliminate risks. Our production sites with the highest potential environmental impacts are either located in countries with strict environmental policies or operate according to an environmental management system that is ISO 14001 certified. Additionally, the SMETA 4 Pillar requirements are used as a minimum standard and regularly verified by external auditors. Furthermore, all German sites have an ISO 50001 certified energy management system.
Again in 2015, we focused on decoupling our dynamic growth in the corresponding business units from their possible environmental impacts. We further optimized our energy balance in key areas via additional measures and placed a stronger focus on reducing emissions as part of Total Productive Maintenance. We demonstrate our progress regarding resource conservation and emission reduction in a number of ways, one of them our being annual participation in the independent investor initiative CDP. Symrise was included in the Climate A list with the best possible rating of 100 A in 2015. This result makes Symrise a leader in the energy and materials sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as in the the MDAX. It also makes it one of the top 100 companies in the world that CDP includes on its Climate A List.
We focus our efforts on achieving more efficient use of raw materials. This encompasses, for example, the development of our own technological solutions, such as our patented SymTrap® process. This procedure allows us to fully extract flavor-active components from the side streams of raw material processing – thereby achieving a maximum resource yield that simultaneously saves energy. Enhanced efficiency not only has environmental implications, but it simultaneously cuts spending while also displaying our SymchronizeTM initiative in action. We joined forces with customers to develop this integrated supply chain management system, which serves to identify areas of action and issues with the potential for reducing not just our consumption of energy, water and resources but also our emissions. Our goal: excellence in the supply chain.
Safeguarding biodiversity is another one of our key fields of action. Natureʼs biodiversity makes it an irreplaceable source of natural raw materials and of inspiration for new flavors, fragrances, and functional and active ingredients. This means that the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are a core interest for Symrise. This is why we have developed a biodiversity concept based on three pillars: the sustainable sourcing of natural raw materials, the eco-conscious design of Symrise’s sites and consciousness raising among employees. Regarding operational implementation, we launched a strategic partnership with the Global Nature Fund and the Union for Ethical BioTrade in 2014.
We also take into consideration issues which will, in the future, affect our business activities or be impacted by the latter. One of these issues is water: Over the coming decades, many regions on the planet will experience severe shortages of this essential resource. Symrise does not currently operate any sites that use a significant amount of water in areas with limited water. Still, we do everything in our power to use the precious resource of water as efficiently as possible and continuously reduce our production of wastewater. To ensure that we’re able to identify and actively manage potential water risks early on, we also systematically assess our supply chain and maintain regular contact with our suppliers. Our commitment to water management was acknowledged by the 2015 CDP Water Program, where we received the second-highest grading (B), putting us well ahead of the CDP average score (D).