The international platform of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) is a valuable tool with which we can more easily assess suppliers and deliver our own data to customers. We have been publishing information on environmental aspects and other topics on that platform since 2006. Every Symrise production site has been SEDEX registered. Since 2012, we have also requested that 250 of our most important suppliers register with SEDEX and disclose their data there. Overall, 82 % of our main suppliers have been evaluated according to the SMETA criteria.
We carry out audits for suppliers posing an especially notable risk stemming from the crucial raw materials they supply or regarding problems that have come to light in the assessment. The focus here is on environmental issues in addition to product safety, quality management, work safety, health and social responsibility. If suppliers don’t meet our defined standards, we jointly develop and implement improvement measures. If these standards are still not upheld after such attempts, the business relationship is terminated as a last resort. All new suppliers fill out a supplier survey that contains questions on environmental issues. Existing suppliers are evaluated on environmental criteria via the risk assessment procedure. No negative environmental impacts (actual or potential) were identified with any suppliers in 2015.