Employee training on human rights policies or procedures
Our Integrated Management System is binding throughout the company and based on the provisions of the SA 8000 social accountability standard. This standard is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. Humane working conditions, decent employment and due consideration for the social aspects of employment are the foundation for how we act at every location. To keep our employees informed about existing compliance requirements and adhere to them, we provide training sessions on site as well as a growing number of online training sessions. The tests that follow the training sessions show whether the content has been understood by the participants. New Symrise employees are also comprehensively informed about their position-related requirements and our Code of Conduct. In 2014, we invited approximately 4,700 employees to a Code of Conduct course that also covered human rights aspects in addition to other topics. In 2014, our employees received a total of around 18,800 hours of training on work safety, health, environment, hygiene and compliance. Along with ongoing training, we intensified training with those employee groups that, due to their responsibilities, are more exposed to the risk of misconduct (such as Marketing, Sales, Purchasing, Customer Service) as well as with employee groups that can act as multipliers for the training content within the company.