Sustainability Record 2018

Symrise uses the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for reporting on its non-financial and sustainability-related performance. The following sustainability record systematically presents all aspects and indicators deemed material by Symrise regarding its profile as well as its business, environmental and social performance for the 2018 fiscal year. Informational briefs on the individual GRI items are supplemented with interactive links. These links will take you to additional information, data and facts. This Sustainability Record complies with the standards (2016) of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as the new standards on water and wastewater (303, 2018) and occupational health and safety (403, 2018). The corresponding version of the standard is reported separately for each topic in the form of a respective annual figure.

The Sustainability Record was prepared in accordance with the GRI standards “Comprehensive” option. Our Sustainability Record also contains our separate non-financial report in accordance with Section 289b (3) of the German Commercial Code (HGB). An overview of the related topics can be found on Our Company.

All of the sustainability disclosures indicated were audited and verified by an external review pursuant to the AA1000 Assurance Standard. The review assesses all quantitative and qualitative disclosures. The corresponding certification can be found here.

For the Materiality Disclosures Service, GRI Services reviewed that the GRI content index is clearly presented and the references for Disclosures 102-40 to 102-49 align with appropriate sections in the body of the report. The Materiality Disclosures Service was performed on the German version of the report.

GRI Content Index

Foundations 2016

General Disclosures gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Topic Indicator Name COP Info
Organizational profile GRI 102-1: Name of the organization gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-2: Activities, brands, products, and services gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-3: Location of headquarters gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-4 : Location of operations gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-5: Ownership and legal form gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-6: Markets served gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-7: Scale of the organization gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-8: Information on employees and other workers gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-9: Supply chain gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-10: Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-11: Precautionary Principle or approach gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-12: External initiatives gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-13: Membership of associations gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Strategy GRI 102-14: Statement from senior decision-maker gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-15: Key impacts, risks, and opportunities gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Ethics and integrity GRI 102-16: Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-17: Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Governance GRI 102-18: Governance structure gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-19: Delegating authority gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-20: Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-21: Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-22: Composition of the highest governance body and its committees gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-23: Chair of the highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-24: Nominating and selecting the highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-25: Conflicts of interest gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-26: Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values, and strategy gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-27: Collective knowledge of highest governance body gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-28: Evaluating the highest governance body’s performance gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-29: Identifying and managing economic, environmental, and social impacts gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-30: Effectiveness of risk management processes gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-31: Review of economic, environmental, and social topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-32: Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-33: Communicating critical concerns gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-34: Nature and total number of critical concerns gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-35: Remuneration policies gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-36: Process for determining remuneration gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-37: Stakeholders’ involvement in remuneration gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-38: Annual total compensation ratio gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-39: Percentage increase in annual total compensation ratio gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Stakeholder engagement GRI 102-40: List of stakeholder groups gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-41: Collective bargaining agreements gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-42: Identifying and selecting stakeholders gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-43: Approach to stakeholder engagement gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-44: Key topics and concerns raised gri-openCreated with Sketch.
Reporting practice GRI 102-45: Entities included in the consolidated financial statements gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-46: Defining report content and topic Boundaries gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-47: List of material topics gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-48: Restatements of information gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-49: Changes in reporting gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-50: Reporting period gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-51: Date of most recent report gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-52: Reporting cycle gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-53: Contact point for questions regarding the report gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-54: Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-55: GRI content index gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 102-56: External assurance gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Topic-specific Standards

GRI 200 Economic gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Topic Indicator Name COP Info
GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 201-1: Direct economic value generated and distributed gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 201-2: Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change 7-9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 201-3: Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 201-4: Financial assistance received from government gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 202: Market Presence 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 202-1: Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage 6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 202-2: Proportion of senior management hired from the local community gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 204: Procurement Practices 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 204-1: Proportion of spending on local suppliers gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP1: Percentage of purchased volume from suppliers compliant with company's sourcing policy gri-openCreated with Sketch.
FP2: Percentage of purchased volume which is verified as being in accordance with credible, internationally recognized responsible production standards gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 205-2: Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures 10 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 205-3: Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken 10 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 206-1: Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices gri-openCreated with Sketch.

GRI 300 Environmental gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Topic Indicator Name COP Info
GRI 301: Materials 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 301-1: Materials used by weight or volume 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 301-2: Recycled input materials used 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 301-3: Reclaimed products and their packaging materials 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302: Energy 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302-1: Energy consumption within the organization 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302-2: Energy consumption outside of the organization 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302-3: Energy intensity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302-4: Reduction of energy consumption 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 302-5: Reductions in energy requirements of products and services 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303-1: Interactions with water as a shared resource 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303-2: Management of water discharged-related impacts 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303-3: Water withdrawal gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303-4: Water discharge gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 303-5: Water consumption gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 304-1: Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 304-2: Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 304-3: Habitats protected or restored 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 304-4: IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305: Emissions GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-1: Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-2: Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-3: Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-4: GHG emissions intensity 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-5: Reduction of GHG emissions 8,9 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-6: Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 305-7: Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306: Effluents and Waste GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306-1: Water discharge by quality and destination 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306-2: Waste by type and disposal method 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306-3: Significant spills 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306-4: Transport of hazardous waste 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 306-5: Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 307: Environmental Compliance GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 307-1: Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations 8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 308-1: New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria 7,8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 308-2: Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken 7,8 gri-openCreated with Sketch.

GRI 400 Social gri-openCreated with Sketch.

Topic Indicator Name COP Info
GRI 401: Employment 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
401-1: New employee hires and employee turnover gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-1: Occupational health and safety management system gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-2: Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism and number of work-related fatalities 1 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-3: Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-4: Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-5: Worker training on occupational health and safety gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-6: Promotion of worker health gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-7: Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-8: Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-9: Work-related injuries gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 403-10: Work-related ill health gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 404-1: Average hours of training per year per employee gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 404-2: Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 404-3: Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 405-1: Diversity of governance bodies and employees 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 405-2: Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 406: Non-discrimination 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 406-1: Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken 6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 407: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 407-1: Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk 1,3 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 408: Child Labor 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 408-1: Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labor 1,5 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 409: Forced or Compulsory Labor 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 409-1: Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor 1,4 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 411-1: Incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 412-1: Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments 1,4 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 412-2: Employee training on human rights policies or procedures 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 412-3: Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 413: Local Communities 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 413-1: Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 413-2: Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 414-1: New suppliers that were screened using social criteria 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 414-2: Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken 1,6 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 416-1: Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories 1 gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 416-2: Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP5: Percentage of production volume manufactured in sites certified by an independent third party according to internationally recognized food safety management system standards gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP6: Percentage of total sales volume of consumer products, by product category, that are lowered in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP7: Percentage of total sales volume of consumer products, by product category, that contain increaded nutritious ingredients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals or functional food additives gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 417: Marketing and Labeling 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP-1: Requirements for product and service information and labeling gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 417-2: Incidents of non-compliance concerning product and service information and labeling gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance 2016 GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI 419-1: Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI Animal Welfare GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP9: Percentage and total of animals raised and/or processed, by species and breed type gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP10: Policies and practices, by species and breed type, related to physical alterations and the use of anaesthetic gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP11: Percentage and total of animals raised and/or processed, by species and breed type, per housing type gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP12: Policies and practices on antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, hormone, and/or growth promotion treatments, by species and breed type gri-openCreated with Sketch.
GRI FP13: Total number of incidents if significant non-compliance with laws and regulations, and adherence with voluntary standards related to transportation, handling, and slaughter practices for live terrestrial and aquatic animals gri-openCreated with Sketch.