The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) have launched a new sustainability charter, a voluntary framework for companies in the fragrance and flavor industries.
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The charter represents a collective commitment to making a difference for the planet, for people and for the industries. It is a framework that seeks to help the sectors, as a whole, make further advances by sharing best practice, providing tools and benchmarking progress.
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The charter covers sustainability in every sense, taking a life cycle approach based on five focus areas: responsible sourcing, reducing environmental footprint, employee well-being, product safety and transparency and partnerships.
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 flavor industries.
The IFRA-IOFI sustainability charter complements long-standing sustainable development commitments and initiatives undertaken by many individual companies in the flavor and fragrance sectors.
The charter continues to be open to companies affiliated to fragrance and flavor associations around the world. Signatories will provide data on progress against 17 commitments in the five focus areas, feeding into a report that will be published early in 2021.
Launching the charter, Jean Mane, president of IOFI, said, "The flavor and fragrance industries are rooted in nature—and so the sustainable use of resources is central to everything we do. This charter is an expression of our collective purpose to act responsibly and using our influence throughout the value chain, with suppliers, in our own industries and with customers and downstream users, to drive positive change."
Hans Holger Gliewe, chairman of IFRA, added, "The importance of sustainability is growing across all businesses, not least the flavor and fragrance industries. Our joint IFRA-IOFI charter highlights the commitment of our sectors to greener sourcing and production, to employee well-being and to economic sustainability—all of which are now more important than ever."