Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3)
Symrise consistently adheres to all local labor laws. In addition, Symrise places great importance on having a company culture where the employees actively contribute to what happens at the company. This includes the formation of works councils or the joining of unions. At those locations where there is no collective agreement due to legal regulations or memberships in employers’ associations, we look to the predominant working conditions that are standard in the industry. In addition, employment agreements define collective rules for working conditions in the respective countries. Globally, 65 % of our workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements, and about 86 % of the workforce in Germany is covered by a wage agreement.
In general, our Integrated Management System is based on the provisions of the SA 8000 social accountability standard, which is binding throughout the company. This standard is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Humane working conditions, decent employment and due consideration for the social aspects of employment are the foundation for how we act at all sites.