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DQS successfully concludes Assurance Review of Symrise Sustainability Record 2016

For the third year in a row, Symrise, one of the largest producers of fragrances and flavors in the world, has engaged DQS to provide assurance over its GRI sustainability record. After a thorough evaluation, our assessors have come to the conclusion that the Symrise Sustainability Record is a credible and comprehensive representation of the sustainability performance of Symrise.

Third-party assurance is an increasingly popular way to safeguard the credibility and accuracy of sustainability reports. With the positive experiences from last years’ assurance in mind, Symrise again decided to rely upon DQS as its partner for independent review.

The Assurance Process

The Symrise Sustainability Record was published in accordance with the recently published GRI Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), with the option “comprehensive”. This means that Symrise discloses all the relevant information and is fully accountable on all essential topics.

For the actual assurance, the DQS team relied on the AA1000 Assurance Standard, a publicly available standard for third party verification. The assurance audit was conducted in accordance with a Type 2 assurance, which consists of:

  • Evaluating the company’s sustainability framework and processes using the inclusivity, materiality and responsiveness criteria of the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000APS 2008), and
  • Evaluating the quality of the reported sustainability performance information.

The assurance encompassed the entire report and focused on all figures, statements and claims related to sustainability during the reporting period January 2016 to December 2016, as well as historical figures where relevant.

Outcome: The Assurance Statement

On the basis of the methodology described above, our auditor team has concluded that the report provides a credible and fair representation of Symrise’s sustainability profile, and that the statements and figures achieve the required level of reliability and accuracy.

The Assurance Statement, which summarizes the main findings of the assessment, can be downloaded here. The full Symrise sustainability record is available online and can be viewed here.

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic base materials and substances as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food. With sales of more than € 2.9 billion in 2016, Symrise is among the global leaders in the market for flavors and fragrances. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

DQS CFS is a licensed assurance provider for sustainability reports. Learn more about the assurance process in our comprehensive brochure.

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About the Author

Dr. Thijs Willaert is Communications Manager at DQS CFS GmbH
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