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. Since 2006, we have been publishing information on working conditions and employee rights, health and safety as well as on environmental and ethical business practices via this platform. Every Symrise production site has been registered with SEDEX. 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 a section with questions on labor practices. They must also sign an agreement that they will strictly comply with our CSR guidelines. Existing suppliers are also evaluated on their labor practices using the systematic risk assessment procedure. No critical labor practices (actual or potential) were seen with any suppliers.