November 29, 2023

Firmenich Strengthens Sustainability Performance in FY2022

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, today releases its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, tracking progress toward the group’s groundbreaking sustainability targets. Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 was marked by strong sustainability performance across the Group’s three key pillars, climate, nature, and people, backed by growing, best-in-class independent evaluation and reinforced ESG governance.

“I am proud that we continued to accelerate our industry-leading ESG actions despite the challenging
economic climate and kept making measurable progress toward our 2025 targets, even exceeding them for renewable ingredients and Living Wage,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “Our Firmenich Inclusive Capitalism business model is gaining more traction and proving more and more relevant in today’s world.

Every year, new climate extremes are having a growing impact across the globe: Firmenich’s bold
environmental ambition is a vital business investment today and for the future.” “Firmenich ESG strategy keeps progressing across our own operations and along our supply chain,” said Thomas Andro, Senior Director, Corporate Sustainability. “Furthermore, consumer demand for sustainable products is a structural growth trend in our industry and Firmenich’s outstanding ESG credentials, combined
with our leadership and innovation in natural and renewable ingredients, are becoming even more relevant for our customers as they progress with their own sustainability roadmaps.”

FY2022 ESG Performance Highlights
Acting on Climate Change: Firmenich was one of only two companies to receive a fourth
consecutive CDP Triple-A rating for climate, water, and forests. Three manufacturing sites, in Norway,
Singapore and South Africa, were carbon neutral in FY22, all operating without the use of offsets.
Firmenich maintained decoupling of growth in manufacturing output from its CO2 emissions: in FY22,
Scope 1 and 2 emissions were reduced by 36.1% vs. 2017, and the new ingredients sites reduced
Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 12.2% vs. 2020. The Group maintained 100% Renewable Electricity in
its operations including in new acquisitions1

Firmenich aims to reach carbon neutrality in its direct operations by 2025, absolute carbon emissions reduction by 2030 in line with limiting temperature rise to 1.5 ̊C, as well as net-zero emissions by 2039 across its direct operations and value chain (Scopes 1, 2, and 3). Its net-zero targets were validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in August 2022, making Firmenich the first company in its industry to receive SBTi approval.

  • Embracing Nature: Building on UEBT validation of the Group’s biodiversity strategy, work began on
    restoration at 15% of Firmenich sites with biodiversity risk, in line with Science-Based Targets for
    Nature. Implementation of 100% verified Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) was increased. Firmenich
    continued to expand the proportion of ultimately or partially biodegradable ingredients in its fragrances to 96.6% on average, having surpassed its 95% target a year earlier. Firmenich reinforced green proteins in product development, enabling customers to accelerate the plant-based food revolution and contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • Caring about People: Building on gender pay equity and its work to strengthen inclusion, Firmenich
    achieved Living Wage certification by Fairwage Network in 2022 ahead of the Group’s 2025 target, a
    key step to ensure decent living standards for all employees and their families. The Group advanced
    its high global health and safety standards with an improved 0.26 Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate,
    and a third consecutive Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
    Firmenich continued to maintain zero human rights non-compliance and scaled up its effort to drive
    concerted business action by becoming United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Impact Sponsor for
    Labor and Decent Work.

    Overall, Firmenich achieved an upgraded rating from Sustainalytics with a score of 7.5, in the global top 50 of approximately 15,000 companies, which highlights the Group’s low ESG risk profile. A second consecutive Platinum rating by Ecovadis with an industry-leading score of 88% placed Firmenich in the top 1% of all companies assessed worldwide. The Group was also rated for the first time as one of the “2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere®, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

    Firmenich continued to work actively in alliances and partnerships, including the UN Global Compact, the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT), One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B), and the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to drive positive change at scale and foster effective action on climate, nature, and people in the business community.

1 Firmenich moved to majority ownership of ArtSci in May 2022. This entity is not included in the scope of the report and will be integrated gradually in the Group’s ESG framework in FY2023.

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