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Purpose and sustainable governance

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  • Engaging all stakeholders transparently
  • Governance structure
  • Sustainability Leadership Team (SLT)
Engaging all stakeholders transparently
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Our governance structure and processes aim to engage all stakeholders transparently and contribute to the creation of a fair, inclusive business.

Robust standards, policies and management systems provide a framework for addressing risks and opportunities through operations and allow us to measure our performance and meet our commitments to stakeholders.

Our purpose drives our sustainability agenda. The Board of Directors has the oversight of all Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects, including the sustainability strategy and targets. The Board tables and discusses selected ESG topics at each Board meeting. 

The Executive Committee (EC) leads Givaudan’s overall strategic direction and is accountable for our purpose and Sustainability ambitions. Topics related to purpose / sustainability ambitions form part of the regular EC meeting agenda so that progress and pending decisions can be discussed. 

Governance structure
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Governance structure

Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Team (SLT)

Engaged to define
and drive the purpose/


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Stakeholders Partners
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Sustainability Leadership Team (SLT)
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Sustainability Leadership Team

Our sustainability efforts are led by the Head of Global Procurement and Sustainability, a member of the Executive Committee, who briefs the Board regularly on our actions to bring shared value to stakeholders and on matters pertaining to sustainability in general. He is supported by a dedicated Sustainability Leadership Team (SLT).

Made up of internal specialists in corporate responsibility and sustainability as well as dedicated business partners, the SLT is the strategic and operational body that supports the organisation in reaching its sustainability goals.

Our targets can only be reached if everyone is involved – the role of the SLT is then to work closely with the leaders of our two principal businesses, the leaders of our functions and managers to mobilise resources in the organisation that will make the difference in driving the sustainability agenda forward. The SLT meets twice a month for regular progress review and at least every six weeks to jointly discuss the direction of our actions.

Read more in our 2022 Sustainability Report