Firmenich received a Gold rating from EcoVadis for the third consecutive year and thus established the company among the top 1% of all suppliers assessed on their sustainability performance, as well as the leader in the Fragrance and Flavor industry.
This achievement underlines the relentless efforts of Firmenich’s teams around the world dedicated to leading the industry forward in environmental responsibility
Firmenich set itself industry-leading environmental goals to advance its vision to become a carbon neutral company in the year of 2015.
For instance, it has committed to power 100% of its manufacturing sites from renewable energy sources or offsets, as well as to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions by 20%, while decreasing water usage in water stressed areas by 25%, and reaching zero waste to landfill.
Recent examples of how Firmenich is bringing these goals to life include the ground-breaking of its new flavor plant in Zhangjiagang, China.
At the cutting edge of the industry from a technology, capacity, and environmental perspective, the new plant in China is being constructed according to the highest sustainability standards, including high-efficiency processing equipment, lighting, and building components to optimize energy consumption while recovering heat from cleaning water and building ventilation.
Furthermore, the company recently inaugurated its new state-of-the-art Perfumery plant in Geneva. With an automation rate of 90%, Firmenich increased its capacity by 30%, while reducing its water footprint by 30%, energy consumption by 20% and using 100% renewable hydropower.
EcoVadis evaluated Firmenich’s sustainability performance following 21 criteria and four categories, cutting across, environment, labor, fair business, and sustainable procurement practices.
Firmenich’s sustainability policies, initiatives and results have been analyzed following international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact, and ISO 26000.
In 2017, EcoVadis assessed more than 30,000 companies in 150 purchasing categories and 110 countries, according to latest published statistics.
(By our own staff)