Fir­menich earns recog­ni­tion for pi­o­neer­ing pro­gram to cre­ate jobs for the vis­ually im­paired

It won Sin­ga­pore Busi­ness Re­view’s In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Awards 2018 for Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

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On May 17th, Fir­menich Asia Pte Ltd was recog­nised by Sin­ga­pore Busi­ness Re­view as an out­stand­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pany, re­ceiv­ing the SBR In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Award 2018 – Man­u­fac­tur­ing cat­e­gory.

Fir­menich, the world’s largest pri­vate­ly­owned Fra­grance and Fla­vor Com­pany was dis­tin­guished for its pi­o­neer­ing pro­gram to in­clude vis­ually im­paired pro­fes­sion­als on its sen­sory panel to as­sess fla­vors and fra­grances in Sin­ga­pore. The pro­gram is part of Fir­menich’ s global ini­tia­tive with in­clu­sive pan­els run­ning in Mex­ico, Lon­don, Mum­bai and Geneva.

Sus­tain­able busi­ness is smart busi­ness

Founded in Geneva, Switzer­land, in 1895, Fir­menich has cre­ated many of the world’s best-known per­fumes and fla­vors, en­joyed by bil­lions of con­sumers each day. Its pas­sion for cre­at­ing pos­i­tive emo­tions through the senses of taste and smell is at the heart of its suc­cess. Present in 100 mar­kets, the firm has 7,000 em­ploy­ees world­wide and posted rev­enue of ap­prox­i­mately US$3.3 bil­lion last fi­nan­cial year. Be­ing a fam­ily owned com­pany, the Swiss Group al­ways take a long-term view of its busi­ness to be a force for good, for its col­leagues, for its cus­tomers and for so­ci­ety. That’s why it is rec­og­nized as an in­dus­try leader in sus­tain­abil­ity, com­mit­ted to lead­ing the most trans­par­ent, eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able value chain. “When you con­sider it takes 3.5 tons of rose petals to pro­duce 1 kilo of rose es­sen­tial oil; and 1 mil­lion roses to pro­duce the 3.5 tons of rose petals, there is no other op­tion for us than to har­vest them sus­tain­ably, if we want our busi­ness to thrive for gen­er­a­tions to come!” said Ra­jan Arul, Gen­eral Man­ager of Fir­menich Sin­ga­pore. Through its “Nat­u­rals To­gether” pro­gram, Fir­menich part­ners with small­holder farm­ers in over 40 coun­tries to pro­vide cus­tomers with the finest nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, while im­prov­ing the liveli­hoods of 250,000 farm­ing fam­i­lies.

For Fir­menich, of­fer­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for all its col­leagues, what­ever their back­ground, to thrive, is not only rooted in its DNA as a fam­ily-owned com­pany, it is the right thing to do. That’s why Fir­menich an­nounced its com­mit­ment to be­come a 100% cer­ti­fied gen­der equal­ity em­ployer by the end of 2018, in a con­text where the in­dus­try av­er­age pay gap is 20%.

A Hub for per­fumery ex­cel­lence

Since open­ing its first of­fice in Sin­ga­pore four decades ago, Fir­menich has played an ac­tive role in the city’s trans­for­ma­tion into one of the world’s most dy­namic busi­ness hubs. The com­pany in­au­gu­rated its Global Per­fumery Creative Cen­ter at the Sin­ga­pore Science Park I in Septem­ber 2017, a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity of­fer­ing world-class ca­pa­bil­i­ties from per­fumery cre­ation and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion, to cut­ting-edge ap­pli­ca­tion labs and con­sumer in­sights. Part of the Group’s net­work of Global Cen­tres of Ex­cel­lence, the Sin­ga­pore hub is also home to Fir­menich’s lead­er­ship teams for Hair Care, Soap Bars and Deter­gent Pow­ders. Fir­menich’s rep­u­ta­tion as a com­pany that at­tracts and cul­ti­vates the most di­verse tal­ent in the in­dus­try ex­tends far beyond the scope of the in­clu­sive pan­els rec­og­nized by the Sin­ga­pore Busi­ness Re­view In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Award.

Last year, the Sin­ga­pore af­fil­i­ate won Swiss­cham’s 2017 in­au­gu­ral award for Ex­cel­lence in Peo­ple and Skills De­vel­op­ment for its ded­i­ca­tion to tal­ent de­vel­op­ment, no­tably the qual­ity of its train­ings, as well as its strong part­ner­ships with lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore and Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity.

A cul­ture of Di­ver­sity & In­clu­sion

The cre­ation of Fir­menich’s brand-new Per­fumery Creative Cen­ter in Sin­ga­pore of­fered the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion to life. Work­ing with the Sin­ga­pore As­so­ci­a­tion of the Vis­ually Hand­i­capped, the Com­pany had the op­por­tu­nity to train sev­eral vis­ually im­paired testers for a new de­scrip­tive panel. The ex­pe­ri­ence has been so pos­i­tive that Fir­menich ex­pects to con­tinue to in­crease the num­ber of blind and vis­ually im­paired pan­elists it em­ploys in all lo­ca­tions. “Cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive cul­ture takes both com­mit­ment and ac­tion. By work­ing with lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions for the blind, we are strength­en­ing our di­ver­sity and sharp­en­ing our ca­pa­bil­i­ties, while cre­at­ing sus­tain­able job op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Mieke Van de Capelle, Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer at Fir­menich.

“Present in 100 mar­kets, the firm has 7,000 em­ploy­ees world­wide and posted rev­enue of ap­prox­i­mately US$3.3B.”

Fir­menich Sin­ga­pore rec­og­nized for in­te­grat­ing vis­ually im­paired pro­fes­sion­als in their sen­sory pan­els

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