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GRI 102 General disclosures

Reporting practice

UNGC Principles
SDG Goal
Responsible Consuption and Prodution
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Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

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Defining report content and topic Boundaries

Our materiality assessment helps to align our business with the expectations of our stakeholders and with society in general.

Defining report content and topic boundaries

A critical part of our sustainability approach involves identifying and prioritising the issues of the greatest material importance to Givaudan: this is also the basis for defining reporting content and the boundaries of the topics. The process follows the principles of stakeholder inclusiveness, sustainability context, materiality and completeness according to the GRI Standard.

Materiality assessment

Our activities have an impact that goes far beyond economic results. To be successful in the long run, we need to align our business performance with the expectations of our stakeholders and with society in general. To achieve this goal, a deep understanding of the most relevant topics for the different groups of stakeholders is essential.

In this spirit, we have developed our materiality assessment to help shape our strategy, to strengthen our commitment to dialogue and to support our assumptions and our reports. We use the Givaudan materiality assessment to prioritise aspects identified as being of most concern to our customers and other key stakeholders. The matrix is reviewed through discussion with the main stakeholders and our materiality cycle aims to conduct a comprehensive assessment of surveys and interviews every four years. We address critical issues and strategic priorities, look for opportunities to improve management and relationships, and identify possible projects to work on together. In the middle of each cycle, we conduct a review based on the opportunity to acquire meaningful information about changes and emerging topics.

The elements now considered material are those that had already been identified in the last materiality assessment as having a substantial influence on the decisions of the main stakeholders and a significant impact on Givaudan’s business performance as well as a wider social, environmental and economic impact in terms of how we create new value to be shared by all stakeholders in our supply chains.

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List of material topics

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Restatements of information

How to read our performance indicators

Baseline recalculation
In order to enable a meaningful comparison of environmental performance over time, Givaudan has established a standard process, based on the GHG Protocol, to recalculate its baseline indicators in case of structural changes such as acquisitions, and changes in calculation methodology and inventory boundaries.

This allow to compare performance on a like-for-like basis over time. The process includes definitions of recalculation triggers and the process of reporting the information. Thanks to this guidance, Givaudan is able to track its environmental performance in a transparent manner and with confidence that the data are accurate despite the changes related to the business growth.

Baseline years
In this report we use two baseline years to show our performance indicators, 2009 and 2015. The GHG emissions, energy and waste targets were set against a 2009 baseline, which we met in 2015. This led to the publication of strengthened targets, against a 2015 baseline. For water, the 2009 baseline year is still valid. For production volumes, both 2009 and 2015 are reported since the ratios are calculated using the data of the accurate baseline year.

In this report, the baseline recalculation applies only to GHG emission numbers as these are the only absolute targets published by the Company. To consider the impact of 2015 and all subsequent acquisitions we recalculated the 2015 baseline.

Reasons for change
General

Due to integration of recent acquisitions and new manufacturing facilities in the reporting framework, the baseline recalculation affect past year data.

CO2 scope 1
Change mainly due to correction in fuel consumption. 

CO2 scope 2
Change mainly due to change of emission factor for the electricity purchased in China.

Waste
Minor corrections due to evidences lately received in 2019 for a site in Switzerland.

Water (withdrawal and discharge)
Minor corrections due to evidences lately received in 2019 and corrections for a site in France.

NOx & SO2
Changes in energy consumption impact NOx and SO2 data. VOC Data reporting for 2018 was missing for a facility in France which has been added during 2019 (~ +200Tonnes).

CFC inventory
The inventory of a facility has been reviewed showing a small discrepancy with the data reported in 2018 for a facility in Switzerland.

 

Environmental performance indicators - Restatement table

 

 Key performance indicators   

2009
(as published
in 2018)

2009
(as published
in 2018)

% change
2009

2015
(as published
in 2018)

2015
(restated
 in 2019)

% change
2015

2018
(as published
in 2018)

2018
(restated
 in 2019)

% change
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Energy

Energy (GJ)

Direct energy (from primary sources)

 

 

 

1,708,571

1,710,865

0.13%

1,898,824

1,900,778

0.10%

Indirect energy: purchased electricity & steam

 

 

 

950,117

957,103

0.74%

1,010,347

1,021,195

1.07%

Total energy   

 

 

 

2,658,689

2,667,968

0.35%

2,909,171

2,921,972

0.44%

Energy efficiency (GJ/tonne of production)

Direct energy efficiency

 

 

 

4.46

4.44

-0.34%

4.19

4.18

-0.42%

Indirect energy efficiency

 

 

 

2.48

2.48

0.26%

2.23

2.24

0.54%

Total energy   

 

 

 

6.94

6.93

-0.13%

6.43

6.42

-0.09%

Emissions 

 

GHG emissions (tonnes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scope 1

From direct energy sources

 

 

 

99,892

100,023

0.13%

108,706

108,797

0.08%

Scope 2

From indirect energy sources

 

 

 

88,877

89,787

1.02%

53,896

55,052

2.15%

Total scope 1 + 2 GHG emissions   

 

 

 

188,769

189,810

0.55%

162,602

163,849

0.77%

Scope 3

Business travel

 

 

 

10,056

10,056

0%

12,889

12,889

0%

Employee commuting

 

 

 

15,296

15,296

0%

14,172

14,172

0%

Packaging of finished products¹

 

 

 

55,605

80,556

44.87%

59,698

86,486

44.87%

Upstream transportation and distribution 

 

 

 

23,196

23,196

0%

29,523

29,523

0%

Outbound product to customers 

 

 

 

30,879

30,879

0%

31,656

31,656

0%

Outbound intercompany deliveries 

 

 

 

11,813

11,813

0%

14,127

14,127

0%

Waste generated in operations

 

 

 

15,369

15,369

0%

17,099

17,099

0%

Fuel and energy related activities

 

 

 

79,110

79,110

0%

58,262

58,262

0%

Raw materials 

 

 

 

1,059,883

1,085,689

2.43%

1,329,295

1,329,295

0%

Indirect materials & services (excluding packaging) 

 

 

 

143,569

143,569

0%

167,387

167,387

0%

Capital goods 

 

 

 

48,696

48,696

0%

82,464

82,464

0%

Total scope 3 GHG emissions   

 

 

 

1,493,472

1,544,229

3.39%

1,816,572

1,843,359

1.47%

Total GHG emissions   

 

 

 

1,682,240

1,734,039

3.07%

1,979,174

2,007,208

1.41%

GHG emissions efficiency  (tonnes of GHG/tonne of production)

Scope 1: from direct energy sources

 

 

 

0.26

0.26

-0.35%

0.24

0.24

-0.44%

Scope 2: from indirect energy sources

 

 

 

0.23

0.23

0.54%

0.12

0.12

1.61%

Total GHG emissions   

 

 

 

0.49

0.49

0.07%

0.36

0.36

0.24%

Waste

 

Hazardous waste  (tonnes)

Incinerated

 

 

 

8,557

8,557

0%

9,645

9,650

0.05%

Incinerated with energy recovery 

 

 

 

4,132

4,132

0%

3,630

3,632

0.05%

Landfilled

 

 

 

318

318

0%

128

129

0.43%

Recycled

 

 

 

17,357

17,357

0%

21,136

21,139

0.01%

Total hazardous waste   

 

 

 

26,232

26,232

0%

30,910

30,917

0.02%

Non-hazardous waste (tonnes)

Incinerated

 

 

 

2,230

2,230

0%

2,845

2,845

0.00%

Incinerated with energy recovery 

 

 

 

1,076

1,076

0%

546

546

-0.07%

Landfilled

 

 

 

6,412

6,412

0%

6,984

6,984

-0.01%

Recycled

 

 

 

27,826

27,826

0%

31,959

31,959

0.00%

Total non-hazardous waste

 

 

 

36,468

36,468

0%

41,788

41,788

0.00%

Total incinerated and landfilled waste (HZ and NHZ)   

 

 

 

17,517

17,517

0%

19,602

19,607

0.02%

One-off waste (tonnes)

 

 

 

 

2,219

2,219

0%

7,215

7,215

0.01%

Waste efficiency (kg of waste/tonne of production)

 

0

0

 

45.7

45.5

-0.48%

43.3

43.1

-0.50%

Water

 

 

Water intake (m³)

Municipal water

2,286,999

2,286,999

0%

2,359,818

2,359,818

0%

2,478,213

2,477,947

-0.01%

Ground water

1,074,035

1,074,035

0%

1,390,267

1,390,267

0%

1,258,123

1,258,123

0%

Total municipal and ground water   

3,361,034

3,361,034

0%

3,750,085

3,750,085

0%

3,736,336

3,736,070

-0.01%

Surface water

7,432,649

7,432,649

0%

5,006,361

5,006,361

0%

5,371,098

5,371,098

0%

Total water    

10,793,683

10,793,683

0%

8,756,446

8,756,446

0%

9,107,434

9,107,168

0%

Water efficiency (m³/tonne of production)

 

10.91

10.91

0%

9.78

9.74

-0.48%

8.25

8.21

-0.53%

Water discharge (m³)

To the environment w/o biological treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,666,399

4,666,399

0%

To the environment after biological treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,089,294

2,089,294

0%

To external treatment facility w/o pre-treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

532,823

532,562

-0.05%

To external treatment facility with pre-treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,575,193

1,575,193

0%

Total discharged water   

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,863,708

8,863,447

0%

COD (tonnes)

COD load of water discharged to the environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

918

919

0.12%

Other data

 

 

 

Nitrogen oxides – NOₓ (tonnes) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

83.03

82.97

-0.07%

Sulphur dioxide – SO₂ (tonnes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.19

1.19

0%

Volatile organic compounds (tonnes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

292

465

59.38%

CFC inventory (kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,106

10,111

0.05%

CFC 11 equivalent inventory (kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

562

563

0.10%

CFC loss-replacement (kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,055

1,055

-0.01%

CFC 11 equivalent loss/replacement (kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

58.09

58.09

0.01%

Production

 

 

Production quantities (tonnes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

308,060

308,060

0%

383,353

 

0.48%

452,696

455,090

0.53%

 

1. The scope has changed this year including pallets, so the base year has been recalculated based on weight proportion over the whole packaging materials.

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Changes in reporting

Changes in material topics

In 2019, we reviewed a part of the materiality assessment updated in 2018 and included the feedback from dedicated workshops held during Givaudan’s Management Conference where senior leaders of the organisation were empowered to bring local and regional insights in the assessment process. This exercise confirmed the relevance of the materiality assessment update made last year.

The topic of “plastics” has gained significant attention both worldwide and in our Company. Indeed employees are rightfully looking for ways to contribute more in our sustainability journey on a daily basis, being at work or at home. In this regard we saw this topic being a very efficient way to rethink the way we do certain things, bringing to life “circular thinking” in a pragmatic way. We added the elimination of single-use of plastics to our waste management programme and defined a clear target.

This holistic assessment of current and future expectations and needs of key stakeholder groups (including employees, customers, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia) allows us to assess our strategic focus and respond to stakeholder expectations, optimally allocating resources to material problems. In the next years we will incorporate other relevant elements such as an Employee Engagement Survey and will review the assessment to form the basis of our new five-year plan.

Changes in boundaries

A detailed overview of the sites in GRI scope for environmental and safety data is to be found in the 2019 Financial Report.

 

 2019 Governance, Compensation and Financial Report, Financial report, pages 120–126

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Reporting period

The reporting period covers the full year 2019. However, environmental data concerns fourth quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019 which will become the regular reporting period for environmental data for the upcoming reporting cycles. In March 2020, we have exceptionally updated the GRI Sustainability Index and added also the full-year 2019 environmental data which is the basis for this year’s external assurance statement.

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Date of most recent report

The previous report was published in March 2019.

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Reporting cycle

Givaudan has been reporting annually since 2010.

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Contact point for questions regarding the report

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Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.

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External assurance

Independent external assurance of the sustainability report is provided by Ernst & Young Associates LLP.

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