Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Symrise considers gender equality to be a key criterion to ensuring company success. Symrise values the enrichment provided by diversity and benefits from the innovation and creativity of mixed teams.

Equal pay for both men and women is a matter of course for us. Our group wage system treats all employees the same regardless of gender. For those employees not covered by wage agreements, our job grade model ensures transparency and fairness of remuneration. Our targeted incentives and structural changes are increasing the percentage of women in management positions. 35 % of all new hires at Symrise are currently women, and the internal promotion rate for women is 42 %.

In many of the countries from which we source our raw materials, women are treated unfairly – and face economic discrimination as well. For this reason, our initiatives in Madagascar promote the education of women and girls in a targeted fashion. The program offers practical training courses and establishes agricultural schools, ultimately helping to promote economic independence.
Symrise also acted as a co-sponsor for the Girl Up Leadership Summit of the United Nations Foundation, which took place in Washington D.C., USA, July 2015. The UN initiative Girl Up promotes the education of girls worldwide.