CORPORATE & STRATEGIE
What does the Sustainability Board stand for?
Sustainability is an integral part of the corporate strategy of Symrise. The members of the global and cross-business Sustainability Board ensure the integration of the sustainability principles into the core processes of the Group.
The Sustainability Board of Symrise has ten members. Bernhard Kott is the Chairman. As Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), he assembles Management representatives several times per year. Together they ensure the consideration of topics relevant to sustainability and interests of key stakeholders along the entire value chain. The committee sets sustainability objectives, which are then directly implemented in the respective divisions. The Executive Board and the Sustainability Board have appointed sustainability officers in all segments as well one representative each for the staff departments of Human Resources, Finance/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Direct responsibility for strategy lies with Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Chief Executive Officer of Symrise AG. He receives regular updates regarding the progress of all sustainability activities.
Director Corporate Communications
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? I am impressed by the variety of sustainable measures that we implement locally all over the world. This is only possible through efficient sustainability management. Being active in the board not only gives me the opportunity to directly influence our sustainability agenda but also to contribute so that everyone along the value chain profits from it.
What role do you play here? I am responsible for sustainability communication and our corporate reporting.
What are you currently working on as member of the committee? My goal in cooperating with the Sustainability Board is to establish a sustainability mission. Furthermore, I want to further expand sustainability communication through a variety of communication channels.
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? To actively contribute to our sustainability agenda and meet the expectations of our stakeholders.
What role do you play here? I am responsible for tasks like the supervision of and information regarding the needs and expectations of our stakeholders and new fields of action, such as the development and implementation of solution-oriented sustainability projects.
What are you currently working on as a member of the board? I am working on creating a global network of sustainability ambassadors, the integration of ESG topics into our risk management and the development of an animal welfare framework for Symrise. I also represent Symrise in WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainability Development) projects. “FReSH,” for example, focuses on healthier diets and sustainability in food systems.
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? Because the topic of sustainability involves considerable opportunities. Helping Symrise to make the most out of them gives me fresh motivation every single day.
What role do you play here? My mission is the valorization of the “nature and biodiversity” megatrend as a driving force for growth, innovation and reputation at Symrise.
What are you working on at the moment? I am developing products and marketing concepts based on biodiversity, positioning Symrise in global sustainability initiatives relevant to key customers, working on the topic of ethical procurement, preparing for recertification by the Union for Ethical Biotrade, overlooking the implementation of the Nagoya protocol, optimizing a number of investor ratings and providing specialist support on customer projects.
Dr. Yvonne Köster
Vice President Human Resources EAME
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? I want to contribute to creating a safe and healthy environment for our employees, an active and inspiring business environment and an integrative company culture that allows everybody to play a role and grow. I place particular value on supporting the vital work of sustainability ambassadors.
What role do you play here? As Human Resources Manager for the EAME region, I am responsible for the implementation of sustainability measures. At the same time, I ensure that HR managers promote our sustainability strategy through their daily work in the EAME markets. I support them in keeping their focus on the long-term commitment of Symrise to its employees, society and nature.
Sustainability Director, Flavor
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? Sustainability is a positive change for the environment, for the people who work with us and for our business. We need to work together to promote progress.
What role do you play here? I represent the Flavor Division on the board in order to ensure that the strategy of Flavor contributes to the sustainability strategy of Symrise.
What are you currently working on as a member of the board? We are working intensively on our projects as part of “Bridging the Gap.” Despite the difficulties caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, our projects in the Philippines and India are still underway and our program in Madagascar has been expanded.
Head of Investor Relations
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? I like this quote: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” But we want to raise our own and our children’s standard of living. I am motivated by the goal of achieving a balance between economic, environmental and social decisions.
What role do you play here? My task is listening to the questions asked by the capital market and providing good answers to them. The board is the best platform to discuss and find answers to questions regarding environmental, social and governance aspects within the Symrise Group.
What are you currently working on as a member of the board? Connecting questions and answers is an ongoing process. We use all communication tools to interact with the participants in the capital market.
Marie Le Henaf
Sustainability Manager, Nutrition
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? I have the opportunity to drive change on a global level in order to take big steps in the right direction. So many employees, customers, suppliers, investors and, of course, consumers count on us. They expect us to make the right decisions and include them in the process. We owe it to future generations.
What role do you play here? I represent the Nutrition segment on the committee. I discuss examples of best practices with my colleagues from other segments and we make decisions together.
What are you currently working on as a member of the board? I work to create opportunities for Nutrition to contribute toward environmental protection within the context of the sustainability strategy of Symrise. I am also active in the global ambassador network of Symrise.
Sustainability Director, Scent & Care
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? In order to make a sustainable impact we must move in the same direction. We can all learn from each other and, through the close cooperation with representatives of different segments and business units and with various functions, achieve progress together.
What role do you play here? I represent the Scent & Care segment and bring our perspective into the discussions of the company.
What are you currently working on as a member of the board? We are working on the coordination between divisions and functions regarding key topics that support the sustainability strategy of Symrise, such as policy development, responsible sourcing, the sustainability scorecard or the “Bridging the Gap” program.
Dr. Helmut Frieden
Why are you involved in the Symrise Sustainability Board? So that we become climate-positive starting 2030 and continue to play in the Champions League in line with the motto, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
What role do you play here? I deal with the key topics arising from stakeholder analyses, such as climate protection and emission reduction, responsible sourcing and use of raw materials and compliance with human rights along the entire supply chain.
What are you working on at the moment? In addition to the topics mentioned above, I work on the improvement of investor ratings (EcoVadis, SEDEX, CDP) as well as the strategic further development to protect the climate, water, forests and human rights along the entire supply chain and the non-financial key figures of the 2020 Sustainability Report.