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Symrise Brazil becomes first UEBT member for fragrance

By Andrew MCDOUGALL , 14-Nov-2012
Last updated on 03-May-2013 at 10:41 GMT

The Scent & Care division of Symrise Brazil has become the first fragrance and flavor firm to join the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), as it seeks to promote biodiversity conservation.

Symrise is the fourth largest global supplier of essences and aromas, serving about 11 percent of the international market, including a number of perfume and cosmetics manufacturers, distributing about 30,000 products in 160 countries.

"UEBT is very pleased with the membership of Symrise Scent & Care division in Brazil. This is the first fragrance and flavor organization to join UEBT and it underlines the leadership of Symrise in this area", says Rik Kutsch Lojenga.

Increased attention

"That Symrise has chosen to engage with UEBT through their Brazilian subsidiary shows the growing importance of the Brazilian market, and demonstrates this market's increasing attention to biodiversity."

The Brazilian subsidiary of the German Symrise Corporation was approved as UEBT member after going through an independent audit and submitting a 3 year work-plan

"Sustainable Trade Practices are no longer optional for any company in our industry today. The expectation of Symrise, with our membership to UEBT is to go a step beyond: We want to astound the market, our customers, partners and employees," explains Ricardo Omori, vice president of the Scent & Care Division in Brazil.

Member conditions

To become a member of UEBT, companies need to commit to the principles of Ethical BioTrade as they are laid out in the UEBT Standard.

Amongst these are the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of natural resources and associated traditional knowledge.

The requirements of UEBT membership include the adoption of a biodiversity management system which integrates the UEBT Standard and ensures gradual implementation throughout the organisation's natural ingredient portfolio, as well as the prioritisation of supply chains in which the UEBT Standard is applied in an accelerated manner.

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