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EANS-News: Symrise AG Wins German Sustainability Award 2012

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Holzminden (euro adhoc) - December 10, 2012
- Winner in the "Germany's Most Sustainable Initiatives" category
- Commitment to vanilla farming and farmers in Madagascar impresses jury
- Recognition for Symrise's strategy of sustainable development

Symrise AG has won the German Sustainability Award 2012 in the "Germany's Most
Sustainable Initiatives" category. The company impressed the jury with its
approach to the sustainable procurement of vanilla in Madagascar. Symrise works
directly with more than 1,000 vanilla farmers in Madagascar, taking an active
role in supporting village communities, while processing vanilla locally. The
award underlines Symrise's leadership in taking on entrepreneurial, social and
environmental responsibility.

Now in its fifth year, the German Sustainability Award Foundation recognizes
companies which take on a special degree of responsibility and combine economic
success with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary
manner. At a festive ceremony in Düsseldorf on Friday evening, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen
Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG, accepted the award for "Germany's Most Sustainable
Initiative" from Andreas Jung, Member of the German Parliament and Chairman of
the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development.

"Receiving the German Sustainability Award fills us with enormous pride. It is
a significant recognition of our sustainability efforts and particularly of our
team in Madagascar, who support the local farmers there on a daily basis,"
explained Dr. Bertram. "With the socially and environmentally responsible
procurement of vanilla, we have developed a sustainable model of success. Our
goal is to create added value - for Symrise, our customers, and other
stakeholders associated with our company, such as local partners and suppliers.
With this initiative, we have achieved this goal."

Commitment to Sustainability in Madagascar

Symrise has continually expanded its activities in Madagascar over the years as
part of its strategy of sustainable development. As the entire procurement
process takes place locally, from cultivation and harvesting, to the
fermentation of the beans, all the way through to extraction, the company makes
a notable contribution to local value creation. Today, Symrise is one of the
largest buyers of this spice in Madagascar and the only company in its industry
with this kind of comprehensive approach.

To ensure that its projects in the areas of environmental protection, income
diversification, nutrition, health and education continue to blossom over the
long term, Symrise works with a network of qualified partners, including
international development organizations, NGOs and local farmers' associations.

This type of commitment pays off. Symrise also benefits from this partnership.
It receives reliable access to high-quality raw materials and offers its
customers added value in a product that enjoys a high level of international
demand. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram adds: "For us, sustainability and business success
go hand in hand. This kind of approach can only succeed though if one thinks
and plans for the long-term. That is why our commitment in Madagascar will
continue to grow."

About the German Sustainability Award

The German Sustainability Award is an initiative of the German Sustainability
Award Foundation in cooperation with the Federal Government of Germany, the
German Council for Sustainable Development, trade associations, civic
organizations and research institutes. This year's jury includes Prof. Dr.
Gesine Schwan, Olaf Tschimpke (NABU - Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.) and
Kathrin Menges (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA), among others.

The award aims to promote sustainable development in Germany and to help
improve public perception of the principles of corporate social responsibility.
It recognizes companies, products and brands which combine economic success
with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary manner.

About Symrise

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active
ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its clients
include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics and foods, the pharmaceutical
industry and producers of nutritional supplements.

Its sales of EUR 1.584 billion in 2011 place Symrise among the top four in the
global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the
company is represented in over 35 countries in Europe, Asia, the United States
and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts
for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. In doing so,
Symrise combines its insights into consumer trends with cutting-edge
technologies, focusing on innovative trend and lifestyle products that have
additional practical value for the consumer. Symrise - always inspiring more…

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company:     Symrise AG
             Mühlenfeldstraße 1
             D-37603 Holzminden
phone:       +49 (0) 5531/90-0
FAX:         +49 (0) 5531/90-1649 
sector:      Chemicals
ISIN:        DE000SYM9999
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