Organizational Profile | G4-14

Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization

The precautionary approach is cited as a guiding principle for risk prevention in guidelines and initiatives such as the UN Global Compact. The risk management system at Symrise is based on the framework of generally recognized standards (ISO 31000) and extends across all Group companies and business units.

The precautionary approach is particularly important when it comes to managing the local impacts of our business activities. Our integrated management system is based on the international standards on quality (ISO 9001), environmental protection (ISO 14001), work safety (OHSAS 18001), sustainability (ISO 26000), energy (ISO 50001), social responsibility (SA 8000), the generally accepted audit standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and other recognized local standards that promote a continuous improvement in performance. Symrise also joined the Responsible Care Initiative in 1997 and adopted its guidelines for continual improvement in the areas of safety, health and environmental preservation.

Symrise once again received external recognition of its sustainability efforts in 2013, receiving a “Green Company” certification from DQS, a leading auditor of corporate processes. With this certification, DQS sees Symrise as a company that minimizes its impact on the environment with regard to its products, services and environmental standards in a way that differentiates it from competitors. Independent DQS auditors closely examined the company’s internal processes. The result: Production, sales, research and development all demonstrated environmentally conscious operations. In this way, Symrise fulfills the international requirements of the Global Conformance Program for environmental management.

In the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014, Symrise achieved a top spot as Index Leader among the 166 evaluated companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The non-profit organization therefore certified that Symrise factors ecological risks and opportunities into its core business and informs external stakeholders about this in a comprehensive and transparent manner.