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Regulatory and public policy

Ensuring safe products in all markets

Our Regulatory and Product Safety teams provide critical information that enables customers around the world to use our products in the knowledge they are safe and compliant for the intended use.

As new regulations are proposed and implemented in the global flavour and fragrance industry, we are at the forefront of ensuring our products comply with the relevant changes. We work closely with our customers to help them understand the changes as well as the impact they will have on their consumer products. Beyond this direct support of our customers’ needs, we continue to lead efforts to help shape the industry landscape by committing resources and sharing expertise.

This advocacy, support and expertise is provided by 200 employees at over 25 locations with different skills, ranging from scientists to trade and safety and toxicology experts.


Consumer expectations continued to drive health initiatives during 2017. This resulted in government policies and advocacy initiatives in areas such as reduced salt and sugar, genetically modified consumables, naturalness, traceability, and sustainability and organic movements. These initiatives are gaining significant momentum in markets such as Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle East.

Consumers also increased their demand for more understandable, friendlier ingredient descriptions on labels. In response, we launched a programme to create ingredient declarations on flavourings recognised by customers as spices and ingredients. The global initiative, ‘Flavouring by Foodstuff’, which involves the Regulatory teams working together with our science and commercial teams, is expected to be completed during the first part of 2018.

There was a continued global trend during the year for countries, specifically in emerging markets, to align and harmonise their regulations with Codex Alimentarius standards and provisions. Givaudan actively supports these efforts through associations such as the International Organization of the Flavor Industry.


Our team in Fragrances closely monitors changes in relevant legislation. A significant bill during the year was the passing of California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act 2017, the first of its type requiring manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose chemical ingredients, including fragrance materials. While fragrance formula disclosure will be required, it does enable some protection of intellectual property for manufacturers. Givaudan is well prepared to support the implementation of this new disclosure law. And while this law is currently focused on the USA and concerns only cleaning products, we expect that during 2018 it will widen to cosmetics and in due course involve similar legislation and eventually move to other regions of the world as well.

Meanwhile in Europe the registration phase of REACH will end in May 2018, by which time all substances in scope must be registered. Givaudan is well placed to meet its commitments and we are continuing efforts to ensure our remaining suppliers meet their commitments as well.

Product labelling

Transparency is increasingly expected in all areas of our business, from supply chain data to R&D information and formulas. It is important that we provide all the necessary information for the proper handling of materials we sell to enable our customers to manage any EHS risks associated with the use of our ingredients.

We evaluate all the ingredients used in our formulas for any EHS impact and this information is disclosed and filed with the relevant regulatory bodies whenever necessary. Quality and environmental data about our products, including safety information, are made available to users through product labels and safety data sheets.

Public policy

Givaudan does not fund any political party in any country. We have an internal policy on charitable giving and community support that excludes any direct or indirect political donations or support. However, we support, and in many cases lead, the development of public policies that impact the flavour and fragrance industry. We also support and often lead industry-wide programmes with international industry associations, and we work with many national associations to help ensure the safe use of flavours and fragrances in consumer products.

For the full version please visit page 56 of the Annual Report.