Market Presence | 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3)

To be successful in our business and to recruit employees for our business, we need to be accepted by the respective local societies in which we operate.

We earn our position as a preferred employer through our sustainable human resources policy focused on the employee and our respective local communities (the employer of choice strategy). Our policy is to offer local workers attractive training, career and advancement opportunities, fair and appropriate remuneration and a social welfare policy (see 202-1). Our employee engagement survey, which was conducted in 2016, confirmed the relevance that we place on being an attractive employer. We conducted the questionnaire in our largest 10 countries with the participation of 5,400 employees. The results are evaluated globally and regionally and are supplemented by regional benchmark data in order to accommodate different feedback cultures.

Some 90 % of participants in our survey provided feedback that they were at least satisfied, largely even very and extremely satisfied with their work situation. 95 % would reapply at Symrise at any time or recommend Symrise as an employer to others. 81 % identify strongly or very strongly with our company. About 90 % have a high opinion of Symrise’s competitive position and thereby the future viability of their employer. We repeat this employee engagement survey every 3–4 years. In 2018, we conducted a focused survey within the Fragrance organization (see 103-1, 103-2, 103-3).

Through various recruitment marketing activities at local schools or university job fairs in our extended geographic region, we promote ourselves as an employer and succeed in signing on well-qualified young people. For example, two respected German business newspapers recognized Symrise as the best instructor in 2018.