Number of IUCN Red List species in areas affected by operations
We only permit the use of animal and plant-based raw materials listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) throughout the Group if the supplier is able to prove their sustainability. With an increasing number of natural raw materials, we are purchasing materials with certified origins. Symrise has been working directly with vanilla farmers in northeastern Madagascar for many years to ensure the sourcing of natural vanilla as well as guarantee its high quality and seamless traceability. We now work with about 7,000 small-scale farmers in 90 villages. As part of the initiative, we offer farmers training on effective and environmentally friendly harvesting methods, among other topics. In 2014, we supported a total of 3,735 vanilla farmers from Andapa, Sambava and Ankavana in achieving certification from the Rainforest Alliance.