The Last Word: Taking Ownership of Sustainable and Ethical Practices

Contact Author Jeb Gleason-Allured
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“I really want the industry to take ownership for materials and the businesses they operate,” says Art Schick, vice president, purchasing at PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours. “It’s not someone else’s responsibility. It’s theirs.”

Schick, who will speak as part of the 2012 International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades meeting in Singapore (, notes that the suppliers of aromatic ingredients range from small cottage industries to large, sophisticated organizations. Yet, no matter the size, those companies’ materials will fi nd their way into consumer products—how they operate directly impacts customers and consumers.

“I’m concerned that not all companies … are looking at better agricultural and manufacturing processes, safe facilities, treating people fairly and [limiting] pollution,” Schick says. “Are people doing something to address these issues? This is something you have to begin to focus on. It’s important to us. We want it to be important to them.”