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Founded in 1895 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Firmenich is one of the world’s largest privately owned fragrance and flavour companies. It is present across more than 100 markets and operates 82 facilities around the world, including 33 manufacturing plants and five research and development centres. Firmenich continues to grow, with four acquisitions, one strategic partnership and new facilities in ten global locations announced in 2019.

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Measurement area Score Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 9.2 /10 #3


#1 13.1 /30 #33


#1 16.9 /30 #5

Social inclusion

#1 13.2 /30 #26
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #1

Segment ranking summary

Firmenich ranks number one in the agricultural products and commodities segment. It outperforms its peers across the governance and strategy, nutrition and environment measurement areas, disclosing leading practices in all three. Firmenich discloses a comprehensive sustainability governance framework, stakeholder engagement activities and identifies priority sustainability topics which are aligned with time-bound targets within its sustainability strategy. Moreover, the company performs well across all relevant nutrition indicators compared to its peers, particularly its approach to providing solutions for more healthy foods. The opportunities for Firmenich going forward are primarily in the social inclusion measurement area, where the company could increase disclosure on tackling important issues in its supply chain, such as child and forced labour, or a set time-bound target to pay a living wage.

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Risk and opportunities

Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Geneva, Switzerland
Food and agriculture revenue USD
Not available
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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