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Fragrance and flavor industries launch new Charter committing to a more sustainable future

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Fragrance and flavor industries launch new Charter committing to a more sustainable future

Nearly one hundred fragrance and flavor companies have signed an ambitious new Charter seeking to improve sustainability across the two industries.

The new Sustainability Charter, launched today by The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI), is a voluntary framework for companies in the fragrance and flavor industries. It represents a collective commitment to making the difference for the planet, for people and for our business.

The Charter covers sustainability in every sense, taking a life-cycle approach based on five Focus Areas - responsible sourcing, reducing our environmental footprint, employee well-being, product safety, and transparency and partnerships.

The IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter complements long-standing sustainable development commitments and initiatives undertaken by many individual companies in the flavor and fragrance sectors. It is a collective framework that seeks to help the sectors as a whole make further advances by sharing best practice, providing tools, and benchmarking progress.

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."

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.

Hans Holger Gliewe, Chairman of the International Fragrance Association (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."

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.

For more information on the Charter and a list of signatory companies, go to ifra-iofi.org.

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The International Fragrance Association, founded in 1973, represents the interests of the fragrance industry worldwide. IFRA comprises seven multinational Regular Members and 21 national associations in four global regions representing hundreds of small and medium-sized fragrance ingredient manufacturers, as well as supporting members. Its mission is to promote the safe use of fragrance for everyone’s enjoyment.

Fragrances are a key platform technology used by consumer goods companies – for fine fragrances, personal care products, household care and more.

IFRA’s flagship safe use program, the IFRA Standards, applies safety management measures based on scientific assessment and the evaluations of an independent Expert Panel. The program is at the heart of the IFRA Code of Practice, which applies to all IFRA members globally, including members of IFRA’s 21 national associations. The Code also requires members to abide by local, national and international regulation, and to apply good manufacturing practices. 

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