Our vision – Givaudan leads in creating consumer-preferred flavours and fragrances that are designed and developed in line with sustainability principles in order to satisfy current and future needs.
With thousands of flavours and fragrances being developed at Givaudan each year, it is critical to our long-term success that we have sustainable and efficient research and creation processes in place.
- 100% sustainable by design.
- Smart sustainable creation.
- Number 1 partner on delivering sustainable solutions.
- Innovation focuses on engaging the senses to contribute to health, hygiene and wellness for a crowded, equitable planet.
- Continue to supply products, which are safe for people and the environment.
- Ensure Givaudan products are safe for people and the environment when used as intended.
- Full regulatory compliance of all products.
- Ensure our products are not persistent in the environment after their use.
- Reduce animal testing and develop alternative test methods.
- Create superior products in a sustainable way.
- Promote health and wellness through our products.
- Do more with less, promoting innovative design based on concentrated quality and compacted fragrances.
Our KPIs and progress in 2016
Flavour Division and Fragrance Division compliance with European REACH registrations as they become applicable in 2018
We are working to ensure all ingredients within our scope of REACH are registered by the deadline of 2018. Our internal programme covers all our manufactured ingredients and we have a dedicated cross-functional team in place to ensure suppliers have registered ingredients we purchase. For purchased ingredients considered high risk we conduct registration ourselves.
KeratinoSens® to become a globally recognised standard in-vitro test for assessing skin sensitisation, with validation from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
After the OECD validated and adopted our KeratinoSens® test method in February 2015, the methodology continued to be rolled out, and is now used by more than 40 laboratories globally. A further review has been published in ATLA, a leading journal in alternatives to animal testing. In 2016 the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) released new guidance on skin sensitisation testing, placing nonanimal methods including KeratinoSens® as first choice options, and allowing animal testing only in specific cases.
Other key achievements
A new captive, Nympheal™, was launched in 2016. Nympheal™ is an olfactive replacer for Lilial and an example of green chemistry in action.
Using green chemistry principles, we demonstrated continued progress with Process Mass Intensity (E-factor reduction) across process development.
Givaudan joined the EU ROBOX Consortium Programme which aims to identify and engineer robust enzymes and demonstrate their industrial use, which will lead to new green chemical processes.
The acquisition of Induchem in 2015 has reinforced Givaudan’s capabilities in white biotechnology, specifically in biocatalysis.
The Givaudan Ecotoxicology Laboratory in Vernier commissioned a GC-MS (Gas Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectroscopy) in 2016. This will enable metabolite identification and enhance our understanding of biodegradability pathways.
Using our green technology expertise, Neurophroline™ won gold in the active ingredients category of the in-cosmetics® Innovation Zone awards in Paris in April 2016.
Givaudan has implemented an in vitro test to replace acute toxicity tests for fish and applied it for the first time to fragrance chemicals. Good predictivity was achieved and was presented at the 2016 SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) North America meeting in November 2016.
Our Flavour Division celebrated 10 years of TasteTrek® Citrus. Since the first trek at University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2006, dozens of treks have been run with UCR, the Sylvio Moreira Citrus Centre in São Paolo, Brazil, and the Oscar Tintori collection in Tuscany, Italy; as well as in Argentina, China, India and Japan. The Company donated USD 1 million to establish the Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection Endowed Chair to support and maintain UCR’s Citrus Variety Collection, helping to preserve biodiversity for generations to come.