Symrise Leads The Way with Sustainable Forest Product Certification


  • First Fragrance and Flavor ingredients producer to achieve Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification
  • Certification process ensures that the FSC certified products are coming from responsibly managed sources
  • More earth-friendly produced integral components for fragrance and flavor applications through renewable and sustainable feedstock from the pulp & paper industry
Holzminden, Germany - April 24, 2018
Continuing with its approach of sourcing its key raw materials sustainably, Symrise has successfully obtained the FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for ingredients derived from forest products. This eco-credential breaks new ground by considering environmental and social responsibility for users of fragrances and flavors derived from the forest.

Once again Symrise is leading the fragrance industry into new territory as this is the first time this certification has been granted to fragrance ingredients. It was a complex and thorough process, and we are very proud of this achievement. This highly recognized FSC certification reflects our strong commitment towards sustainability, transparency and traceability as well as to our stakeholders in ensuring our products are made from responsible sources”, says Achim Daub, Global President, Scent & Care at Symrise.

FSC is a highly respected certification program with the mission of promoting responsible management of the world’s forests based on precise principles and standards. Working closely with FSC, Symrise spent almost a year to build a robust framework upon which consumers can feel confident they are using fragrances and flavors derived from sustainable sources.

Symrise has proven that we take the responsibility to manage our resources seriously. We have now extended traceability to a key renewable raw material derived from pine trees affecting a wide array of fragrances and flavors used every day”, explains Dr. Norbert Richter, Global President, Aroma Molecules Division.

About The Forest Stewardship Council
FSC works to take care of the forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more.

It achieves this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. Since the official birth of FSC in 1994, a lot has been accomplished. Currently, over 190 million hectares of forest are FSC certified, in over 80 countries worldwide.

And as part of the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020, FSC has set itself a bold goal to more than double its share of global forest-based trade to 20 percent.

About Symrise:
Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavors, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.

With sales of approximately € 3 billion in 2017, Symrise is among the global leaders in the market for flavors and fragrances. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented with more than 90 sites in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise – always inspiring more…

Symrise – always inspiring more…

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