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GRI Index and UN Global Compact Communication on Progress

Our reporting is aligned with the G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), including the “Food Processing” Sector Supplement. The application level “A” has been evaluated and confirmed by the GRI. This report also constitutes our second progress report (Communication on Progress – COP) as part of the UN Global Compact. The following index comprises references to places in this corporate report, the financial report as well as in the online report that provide information on our commitment to implementing the ten principles of the Global Compact.

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No. Indicator and Description stat. Reference / Note UNGC
Standard Disclosures
1. Strategy and Analysis      
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision maker of the organization p. 10 - 11, 40 - 43 1–10
1.2 Description of the most important effects, risks and opportunities p. 17 - 21, 74 - 75; p. 26 - 31  
         
2. Organizational Profile      
2.1 Name of the organization U3  
2.2 Primary brands, products and/or services p. 12 - 15  
2.3 Operational structure of the organization p. 13 - 14; p. 4 - 7, 113 - 114  
2.4 Location of organization’s headquarters p. 87  
2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates p. 13 - 15  
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form p. 5 - 6  
2.7 Markets served p. 6 - 9  
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization p. 4 - 6, 12, 44 - 45  
2.9 Significant changes regarding size, structure or ownership p. 12, 23  
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period p. 41, 65, 78, 80 - 81, 94 - 95  
         
3. Report Parameters      
3.1 Reporting period for information provided p. 96  
3.2 Date of most recent previous report p. 96  
3.3 Reporting cycle p. 96  
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents U3  
3.5 Process for defining report content p. 74 - 75; 96;  
3.6 Boundary of the report p. 96  
3.7 Any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report p. 96  
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, etc. p. 96
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations p. 84 - 86, 96  
3.10 Re-statements of information provided in earlier reports p. 84, 86, U2  
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods p. 84 - 86  
3.12 GRI Content Index  
3.13 External audit and certification No external verification took place.  
         
4. Governance, Commitments and Engagement      
4.1 Corporate Governance and governance structure of the organization p. 39, 120, 125 - 127 1–10
4.2 Independence of the highest governance body p. 6, 126 1–10
4.3 Structure of governance bodies in organizations without Supervisory Board Not applicable. A Supervisory Board exists.  
4.4 Employee and shareholder participation possibilities p. 74 - 75, 88; p. 6, 124  
4.5
The link between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers and executives and the organization’s performance p. 73, 89; p. 33 - 37 1–10
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided p. 123, 129 1–10
4.7 Expertise of the members of the highest governance body and its committees relevant to economic, environmental and social performance p. 39, 126 - 127, 129 - 130 1–10
4.8 Mission statements, codes of conduct and principles relevant to sustainability p. 16 - 19, 72 - 74 1–10
4.9 Method for monitoring sustainability performance p. 72 - 73; p. 26 - 28, 31, 121 1–10
4.10 Assessment of the highest managing body’s performance regarding sustainability p. 72 - 74; p. 39, 128 - 133  
4.11 Accounting for the precautionary approach p. 72 - 73; p. 26 - 31 7
4.12 External agreements, principles or initiatives p. 72 - 73, 78 - 79, 82 - 83; 1–10
4.13 Membership in associations and advocacy groups p. 74, 79 1–10
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization p. 74 - 75  
4.15 Basis for the identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage p. 74 - 75  
4.16
Approaches for the engagement of stakeholders p. 74 - 75  
4.17 Central themes for stakeholders p. 74 - 75  
No. Indicator stat. Verweis / Kommentar Reference / Note
Disclosures on Management Approach
DMA SC Disclosures on management approach to procurement p. 76 - 79 1 - 10
DMA EC Disclosures on management approach to the economy p. 12, 77 - 78, 92 - 93 1, 4, 6, 7
DMA EN Disclosures on management approach to the environment p. 20, 73 - 74, 76 - 79, 84 - 87 7 - 9
DMA LA
Disclosures on management approach to labor practices and decent employment p. 21, 88 - 91 1, 3, 6
DMA HR Disclosures on management approach to human rights p. 21, 76 - 78, 89 - 91 1 - 6
DMA SO Disclosures on management approach to society p. 73 - 74, 82 - 83, 92 - 93; 10
DMA PR Disclosures on management approach to product stewardship p. 82 - 83; 1, 8
DMA AW Disclosures on management approach to animal treatment Symrise does not keep any animals.  
         
Performance Indicators  
  Performance Indicators: Economic      
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed p. 72, 93; p. 42, 76  
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change p. 72, 86; p. 26 - 29 7 - 9
EC3 Coverage of defined benefit plan obligations p. 92 - 97  
EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government p. 82; p. 11, 22, 42, 60, 75 - 76  
EC6 Business policies and practices regarding local suppliers p. 77 - 79  
EC7 Procedure for hiring local employees p. 90; 6
EC8 Services provided primarily for public benefit p. 64, 67, 92 - 93  
         
  Performance Indicators: Environment      
EN1
Materials used by weight or volume p. 76 - 79; Exact weight and volume figures are viewed as confidential information. 8
EN2 Ratio of recyclable material to total input materials p. 77; 8, 9
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy sources p. 84, 86 - 87; 8
EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary sources p. 84, 86 - 87; 8
EN5 Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements p. 85 - 87 8, 9
EN7 Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption p. 85 - 87 8, 9
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source p. 87; 8
EN11 Land use in protected areas p. 87; 8
EN12 Significant impacts of operations on the biodiversity of protected areas p. 87; 8
EN16 Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight p. 84, 86; 8
EN17 Other relevant greenhouse gas emissions by weight p. 85 - 86 8
EN18 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions p. 84 - 87 7 - 9
EN19 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight 8
EN20 NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions by type and weight This data is not relevant for Symrise’s business operations. 8
EN21 Total wastewater discharges by type and location of discharge p. 87; 8
EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method p. 87; 8
EN23 Total number and volume of significant pollutant spills p. 87 8
EN26 Minimization of environmental impacts stemming from products and services p. 78 - 79, 81, 84 - 87 7 - 9
EN27 Returned packaging material 8, 9
EN28 Sanctions and monetary fines arising from non-compliance with environmental regulations There were no significant fines from legal violations in 2013. 8
         
  Performance Indicators: Labor Practices and Decent Employment      
LA1 Total workforce by employment type and region p. 12 - 13;  
LA2 Employee turnover p. 88; Based on internal investigations, we believe that a further breakdown does not provide any additional benefits relevant to sustainability.
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements p. 89 1, 3
LA5 Minimum notice period(s) for significant operational changes 3
LA7
Work-related rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism and work-related fatalities p. 91; Occupational diseases and lost days are not reported as this information is viewed as confidential. 1
LA8 Precautionary measures regarding serious illnesses p. 91 1
LA10
Education and training per employee and employee category p. 89 - 90; A systematic data collection system is currently being developed.  
LA12
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and development reviews p. 90  
LA13 Diversity of employees and governance bodies p. 90 - 91; Disclosures on minorities are not reported as this information is considered confidential. 1, 6
LA14 Wage differences according to gender Remuneration system is not gender-based. There is currently no evidence to suggest further analysis. 1, 6
         
  Performance Indicators: Human Rights      
HR1 Investment agreements with human rights clauses p. 78 1 – 6
HR2 Supplier checks regarding compliance with human rights p. 78; 1 – 6
HR4 Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken Discrimination on the basis of personal characteristics is not tolerated at Symrise. No incidences of discrimination came to light in the reporting period. 1, 2, 6
HR5 Right to freedom of association and collective bargaining p. 78, 89 1, 2, 3
HR6 Operational activities with the risk of child labor p. 78, 89 1, 2, 5
HR7 Operational activities with the risk of forced labor p. 78, 89 1, 2, 4
         
  Performance Indicators: Society      
SO1 Impact on community and society from operational activities p. 92 - 93; p. 121 - 122;  
SO2 Investigations regarding corruption risks p. 73 - 74; p. 121 - 122 10
SO3 Employees trained in organization’s anti-corruption policies and procedures p. 73 - 74; p. 121 - 122 10
SO4 Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption p. 73 - 74; p. 121 - 122 10
SO5 Political positions, participation in political processes and lobbying p. 74 - 75, 93; p. 16 - 17 1 - 10
SO8 Sanctions and monetary fines from legal violations At present, only a few Group companies are affected by ongoing legal proceedings. There were no significant fines from legal violations in 2013.  
         
  Performance Indicators: Product Responsibility      
PR1 Health impacts stemming from products along the product life cycle p. 78, 83 1
PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations or voluntary codes concerning the impacts of products p. 83 1
PR3 Legally required product labeling p. 83 8
PR6 Legal conformity in advertising We do not market our products to end consumers. Our products are custom-tailored to the needs of our customers. We therefore do not advertise directly to consumers.  
PR9 Monetary fines related to product condition violations There were no significant fines from legal violations during the reporting period.  
         
  Sector Indicators: Food Processing      
FP1 Suppliers that conform with procurement policy p. 78 1 - 10
FP2 Percentage of products purchased according to sustainability standards p. 78 - 79  
FP3 Strike-related down-times p. 89  
FP4 Programs for promoting a healthy lifestyle p. 82, 92 - 93  
FP5 Products from safety certified production plants p. 82 - 83;  
FP6 Products with reduced fat, sodium and sugar levels p. 82;  
FP7
Products with an increased level of fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbal or health-­promoting additives p. 82;  
FP8 Nutritional information beyond the legal requirements We do not market our products to end consumers.  
FP9 Number of animals according to species Symrise does not keep any animals.  
FP10 Bodily changes and use of narcotics Symrise does not keep any animals.  
FP11 Livestock breeding Symrise does not keep any animals.  
FP12 Use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, hormones and/or growth enhancers Symrise does not keep any animals.  
FP13 Regulatory violations and non-compliance with voluntary standards regarding the treatment of animals, their transport or slaughter Symrise does not keep any animals.

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