Trees, grasses, fruits and flowers from around the world – such as bergamot, vetiver or ylang-ylang – feed the flavours and fragrances industry.
These raw materials enhance the taste, touch and smell of our food, beverages, perfumes, toiletries, cosmetics and household products. They are grown in a variety of scales and landscapes, ranging from large farms to a multitude of smallholder farmers.
Despite small trade volumes compared to other commodities, the industry has a considerable impact on forests, farmers, soil and workers. This impact is slated to increase given rising demand from the food processing, personal care and consumer products industry.
Since 2017, we have been working with industry-giant Givaudan to implement their Responsible Sourcing Policy, a first for this sector. In support of their responsible sourcing goals, we have mapped their supply chain – which spans Brazil, China, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia and Paraguay. This has facilitated identification of priority areas in their supply chain, which serves as a compass to direct transformative efforts.