Responsibly managing the waste we produce

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  • Managing waste responsibly
  • On target
  • Progress on waste 2020-2023
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Managing waste responsibly
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We work hard to manage the waste we produce in a responsible way. Our approach is based on reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering.

We reduce the amount we create as a by-product of our processes, we reuse where possible, we recycle in an effort to avoid disposal via landfill or incineration and where waste is incinerated, we recapture the energy.

Our ‘No Waste’ factory

We have set a waste management target to reach zero operational waste directed to landfill for all manufacturing sites by 2030¹. One of the ways we are getting closer to this is by working towards a circular economy model. In this model, durable goods are designed to be repaired rather than replaced, and biological materials are managed so they can be returned to the biosphere without contamination. It’s estimated that 90% of the raw materials used in manufacturing become waste before the product leaves the factory, and 80% of products made are thrown away within the first six months.

On target
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On target²

  • In 2023, the waste intensity KPI (calculated as the amount of waste for disposal that was sent to incineration and to landfill per tonne of product) remained flat compared to last year’s figure. 
  • In total, we diverted 72% of all our waste from disposal in 2023 by seizing all the opportunities we have to reuse and recycle. 
  • The amount of waste diverted from disposal per tonne of product has increased by 14% since 2020.
  • As of the end of 2023, 45 of 78, or 58%, of our sites were without landfill waste, representing
    progress towards our targeted 100%.

We believe that minimising waste is closely connected to responsible sourcing. By using raw materials in a mindful way and promoting sustainable working practices, we can cut down the amount of waste we produce and improve our environmental footprint.

Progress on waste 2020-2023
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Progress on waste 2020-2023

Waste generated by tonnes2020 1
(restated in 2023)
2022 1
(restated in 2023)
2023 2 
Hazardous waste37,75849,09247,278
Non-hazardous waste74,37583,53672,246
  1. These values include the assured figures coming from all Givaudan entities and acquisitions (except for Fragrance Oils, Custom Essence and Expressions Parfumées) as well as from restatements.

  2. Assured figures including all Givaudan entities and acquisitions except for: Fragrance Oils, Custom Essence and Expressions Parfumées.

For more on our latest progress, read our 2023 Integrated Report on economic and ESG performance

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As part of our efforts to reduce waste, we have also been exploring upcycling. Also known as creative re-use, upcycling is all about transforming waste materials into new items of better quality. Much more than a passing trend, it’s a vital way for all of us to make better use of the earth’s resources and reduce waste. Find out more about some of our upcycled innovations.

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