Actively promoting biodiversity
As a Company that sources ingredients from all over the world, from vanilla in Madagascar to citrus in California, we take our responsibility to preserve biodiversity extremely seriously.
Biodiversity is essential for the survival of all species and it is the natural heritage we leave as a legacy for future generations.
Protecting our planet
We recognise the urgent need to protect biodiversity as the planet experiences an unprecedented rate of biodiversity loss, with direct consequences for humanity. We are actively working to reduce our impact or even nullify it by assessing and monitoring each step of our activity throughout the life cycle of our products.
Givaudan could not exist without a steady supply of more than 11,900 raw materials from across the globe, natural resources used in the creation of our products. Our activities depend on biodiversity, as do the many communities we work with and look to support. We acknowledge that bending – and reversing – the curve of biodiversity loss will require a combination of actions including increased conservation, and more sustainable production and consumption.
The inspiration we find in nature for our creations and products provides us an opportunity to value and protect ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity and frequently unique.
Our efforts to protect and restore natural habitats, and to sustainably use and restore biodiversity are in line with Givaudan’s efforts towards SDG 2 ‘Zero hunger’; SDG 3 ‘Good Health & WellBeing’; SDG 6 ‘Freshwater availability and sustainable management’; SDG 12 ‘Sustainable production and consumption’; SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’; SDG 15 ‘Life on land’ and SDG 17 ‘Partnerships to achieve the Goal’, which is also an enabler of our action.
For more on our latest progress, read our 2023 Integrated Report on economic and ESG performance.
Working together for change
We follow the Mitigation and Conservation Hierarchy principles of ‘avoid’, ‘reduce’, ‘restore and regenerate’ and contribute to the transformation of the industry. Through each level of intervention, we support the terms of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the conservation of biological diversity itself and the sustainable use of its components. We promote the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources and contribute to the targets laid down in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
We have developed comprehensive policies that recognise the need to preserve the environment from the impact our direct operations may have through our Principles of Conduct and EHS Policy on Safety and Environmental Protection. We also expect our suppliers to adhere to the same level of commitments and standards and we have therefore integrated these principles into our Responsible Sourcing Policy, which is shared with all suppliers. Suppliers of natural products are subject to specific requirements, especially related to ecosystem conservation, deforestation and forest degradation, fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of biodiversity, the sustainable use of biodiversity, and sustainable agricultural practices.