ADM joins global flavour and fragrance groups for sustainability charter

The US-headquartered ADM ingredients and solutions group has joined with nearly one hundred fragrance and flavour companies in signing an ambitious new Sustainability Charter seeking to drive major environmental improvements across the sector.

The new charter, launched by The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the International Organisation of the Flavour Industry (IOFI), is a voluntary framework for companies in the market. It represents a collective commitment to making a difference for the planet, for people and for our business.

It has been signed by a number of major businesses serving confectionery and bakery markets, including Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Symrise, Firmenich and the Kerry Group, who have pledged to take significant measures to enhance their respective business operations.

The charter takes a life-cycle approach based on five focus areas – responsible sourcing, reducing our environmental footprint, employee well-being, product safety, and transparency and partnerships. It complements other longstanding sustainable development commitments and initiatives, such as ADM’s recent pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 25% by 2035. According to ADM, the core aim of the agreement is to help the sectors as a whole make further advances by sharing best practice, providing tools, and benchmarking progress.

“The IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter is an important initiative for businesses to collaborate and promote sustainable development across the fragrance and flavour industries and we are delighted to be a part of it,” said Alison Taylor, chief sustainability officer.

“At ADM we believe that it is vitally important to plan for generations to come, and this collective commitment will help ensure our industry is making the right steps forward to a brighter and more sustainable future.”

The IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter has been in development since 2016, shaped through wide consultation of member companies and external experts, and acknowledging the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

It has been designed to be aspirational and inclusive, with clear and achievable goals that allow companies of all sizes to make a contribution to improving the overall sustainability of the fragrance and flavour industries.

The charter continues to be open to signatories from fragrance and flavour companies around the world, with signatories set to provide data on progress against 18 commitments in the five focus areas, feeding into a benchmarking report to be published early in 2021. For more information, visit ifra-iofi.org.

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