"Sustainability considerations are at the heart of our new developments and are directing our daily work...

From advancing our ingredients and formulations to optimizing the most resource- and energy-efficient processes, technologies and supply chains.

We have been able to significantly increase the ratio of our R&D projects, which have a direct, positive impact on the four pillars of our sustainability strategy."

Dr. Gerhard Krammer, Senior Vice President Research & Technology Group Flavor Division


of sales from new product developments *

*  Relative to market launch in the past three years


Patents submitted in 2020

A creative approach to sustainable solutions

Innovation is a core competency of our business, and we challenge our R&D teams and partnerships to provide the foundations for a sustainable future

By developing sustainable solutions, we’re able to secure and strengthen the future of our company, our customers’ businesses and the world around us.

All of the product development that we do adheres to strict sustainability criteria, maximizing not only our products’ value to our customers, but its social and ecological value as well. Our future developments are built on a commitment to:

  • eco-friendly chemistry
  • resource-efficient production
  • new technology and digitization opportunities

To help us better achieve our goals, we developed the Product Sustainability Scorecard, an independently-certified procedure that allows us to record the environmental impact of raw materials and products in a systematic manner. Ultimately this allows both us and our customers to select the most environmentally-friendly options possible when it comes to product development.

All our advances are measured against the Product Sustainability Scorecard

Pioneering innovation has always been key to our success

140+ years

We first sustainably synthesized vanillin in 1874, paving the way for more than 140 years as market leaders and industry pioneers


Symrise continuously increases its eco-efficiency by focusing on innovations and ideas.

*  Increase in eco-efficiency of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 + 2) in 2020. All figures relative to the value added.


More than 68,000 tons of CO2 saved in 2020 across the entire Symrise Group.

The expertise to improve health and wellbeing

We work to meet evolving consumer trends for natural, nutritious ingredients as responsibly and effectively as possible

Consumers care more than ever about the provenance and nutritional value of the products they purchase. With the acquisition of Diana Group in 2014, we’re able to offer more natural, nutritional solutions than ever before – both across Diana’s existing value chains and our own core business.

Our innovators also know that delivering against these emerging consumer demands is crucial to the sustained growth of our business, and continually present landmark solutions that address such issues.

The ability to deliver outstanding product safety

Guaranteeing maximum product safety with every new innovation is our top priority

In addition to our own strict quality requirements, we also adhere to the Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines, which work to ensure the quality of the production processes and environments across our industry. Independent audits and accredited certification testify to our compliance with these standards.

Symocide C: an innovative concept for product safety

The market launch of our preservative Symocide C in 2016 reflects our solution-oriented approach to product innovation. There is growing demand for increasingly safe, effective and approved alternatives to traditional antimicrobials used in cosmetics, and Symocide C is a modern solution that offers exactly that.

It works effectively in many cosmetic products and, owing to its antimicrobial properties, is particularly well-suited to skin and oral hygiene products such as deodorants, body care products and toothpaste. Symocide C is also produced in a highly sustainable manner as a side stream of thymol and menthol production.

Best of science and best of nature

Securing a sustainable future means both working at the forefront of the scientific world and responsibly drawing on the very best that nature has to offer

To achieve this, we draw on an international network of experts, higher-learning institutions and life-science companies.

  • As part of the degree program in Industrial Biotechnology at the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, we are working on sustainable, alternative methods for flavor production
  • With food engineers at the University of Giessen, we’re researching new production concepts based on modern food biotechnology procedures
  • Our acquisition of Renessenz means that 30% of our internal fragrance and flavor creations are now supported by materials from all-natural, renewable feedstock


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