Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3)
Animals and raw materials of animal origin serve man in many ways, especially in food production. Unique taste and nutrition solutions are also part of Symrise's product portfolio - which is why we see our commitment to improving animal welfare as an important part of our corporate policy. Beyond the ethical demands we place on ourselves and our activities, irresponsible treatment of animals could lead to a considerable loss of reputation for Symrise among important stakeholders and thus to high economic damage. We share the growing concerns of consumers and customers about the circumstances in which animals are kept and treated, and also clearly see the interaction with food quality. Animal welfare is a natural obligation for Symrise.
The Sustainability Board informs the Executive Board about current developments several times a year. Last year, we developed a policy that regulates the handling of animals and the procurement of animal raw materials. Ingredients and flavors based on chicken raw materials account for the largest share of Symrise's sales volume. We have therefore developed an animal welfare policy for poultry, especially chickens, as the first building block. It lays down clear minimum requirements for housing and rearing, transport and slaughter. The policy also provides for regular inspections of operations, continuous improvement of livestock production and an annual progress report. We intend to procure 100% of our chicken-based raw material supplies in the USA by 2023 and in Europe by 2026 from sustainable sources. Since there are no globally aligned standards for animal welfare, Symrise works with the internationally respected animal welfare organization "Compassion in World Farming" (CIWF) to quickly implement its policy in the supply chain.
We obtain animal raw materials and byproducts exclusively from suppliers that comply at a minimum with European laws or local regulations regarding animal welfare. Usually only byproducts of the food industry are used here, thereby ensuring the utmost raw-material efficiency and reduction of food waste.
The dogs and cats that are kept by the Symrise subsidiary Diana are primarily used to conduct taste tests. Many employees hold the “Certificat de capacité,” a professional certification that is issued by the French authorities and qualifies them for the responsible treatment of animals. During selection, breeds are preferred that are not susceptible to health or behavioral problems. Dogs and cats have permanent access to a small outdoor enclosure and fresh water and are fed regularly. In case of lengthy animal transportation, a special truck is used that is equipped with temperature monitoring and ventilation. In addition, veterinarians take care of the animals and, if necessary, provide them with medication. After several years, the dogs and cats are put up for adoption.