We use approximately 10,000 natural and synthetic raw materials from over 100 countries to manufacture our products. Our products consist mainly of value-adding preliminary products, meaning aromatic compounds and active components, in addition to carriers such as ethanol.
We are purchasing an increasing number of natural raw materials with certified origins. For instance, we established a progressive strategy for the sustainable sourcing of oils and derivatives from palm fruits in 2015: By mid-2016, we want to exclusively use 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance” certified palm oil. Between now and the end of 2018, we will be working with our strategic suppliers on implementing fully sustainable sourcing for our primary palm oil derivatives and on switching to materials that are made from 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance” certified palm oil. We have the same goal in place for our sourcing of secondary palm oil derivatives by the end of 2020.
In 2015, 17.5 % of our raw materials were suitable for use in organic products. The share of fair-trade products is, however, comparatively low. Our customers have primarily requested certified products in regards to iconic ingredients like vanilla or lavender. In 2013, Symrise became the first fragrance company to purchase CENSO-certified lavandin oil.
Exact weight or volume disclosures on the materials we use are not published, as we consider this information confidential.