Effluents and Waste | 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

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

The impact of our activities on the environment range from the extraction and processing of raw materials to product development, production and logistics. On the one hand, we need natural resources in the form of raw materials and energy sources for our manufacturing processes. On the other hand, the contamination of air, soil and water may result from our business activities. Therefore, sustainable development goals are established within the framework of SDG 12 that respect the natural limits of the planet.

Within our environmental management system, we evaluate the entire value chain. At every site, a senior manager is responsible for environmental management. The goal is to avoid or reduce the impact of the activities, products and services on the environment through a site-specific environmental program that complies with national and local legal regulations and provisions.

Our goal is to conserve resources, consistently avoid or minimize the harmful effects on the environment, and prevent risks. Our production sites with the highest potential environmental impacts are either located in countries with strict environmental policies or operate according to an environmental management system that is ISO 14001 certified or based on this standard. Additionally, the SMETA 4-Pillar requirements are used as a minimum standard and regularly verified by external auditors. Furthermore, all German sites have an ISO 50001 certified energy management system.

The efficient use of raw materials is also the focus of the continuous refinement of our manufacturing processes. This encompasses, for example, the development of our own technological solutions, such as our patented SymTrap process. This procedure allows us to fully extract flavor-active components from the byproducts of raw material processing – thereby achieving a maximum resource yield that simultaneously saves energy.

Enhanced efficiency not only has environmental implications but simultaneously cuts spending while also displaying our Symchronize initiative in action. We joined forces with customers to develop this integrated supply chain management system, which serves to identify areas of action and issues with the potential for reducing not just our consumption of energy, water and resources but also our emissions. Within the framework of our Total Productive Maintenance program, we involve our employees in a targeted manner and learn from their proposals.