International flavors and fragrances (IFF)



Basic Materials/Specialty Chemicals



521 West 57th Street 

New York, NY 10019 

United States



  • CDP “A” status for Water Security for the first time
  • CDP’s Climate Change “A” List for the fourth year in a row
  • Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies List for the second year in a row
  • Euronext Vigeo World 120 Index for corporate social responsibility
  • Named to the FTSE4Good Index series
  • Gold rating in EcoVadis




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Circular Awards finalists




International Flavors and Fragrances

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Company Activity

According to IFF, “We have a complex supply chain – from raw material sourcing through manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and distribution – that permits us to provide our customers with consistent quality products on a timely and cost-effective basis. We use both natural and synthetic ingredients in our compounds. With the acquisition of Frutarom, we significantly increased our natural products, and, therefore, we expect that the percentage of our ingredients that are natural or crop-related – those derived from flowers, fruits and other botanical products, as well as from animal products – has increased. More information about our supply chain is available in our 2018 Annual Report and the Responsible Sourcing section later in this report.”


Company Sustainable Activity


  • EcoEffective + Goals 

→ By 2025, IFF will achieve zero waste to landfill status at all major manufacturing facilities 

→ Building upon our reductions since 2010, IFF will further reduce ou freshwater for more than half of non-product operations ; and Drive collective action for water stewardship in targeted communities where they source and operate 

Our South Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., facility’s Green Circle zero waste to landfill certification ensures that the location does not send any materials directly to landfill, and the residual materials coming from South Brunswick’s material management organizations fall within the 2% allowance.



  •  We have a goal in place to reduce our energy intensity by 20% (per metric ton of production from a 2010 baseline) by 2020, as well as a 2025 goal to procure 75% of our electricity from renewable sources. 


  • According to company “Supply chain disruptions also required us to manufacture intermediate products in house that would normally be sourced. As a result, our energy intensity increased by 5.9% in 2018. However, since 2010 we have achieved an overall energy intensity reduction of 13.8% due to numerous facility targeted eco-effectiveness projects, new equipment and operational changes at several of our sites.”


  • Commitment 

The company states “In 2012, we set a 2020 goal of a 25% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions intensity against our 2010 baseline. We are very pleased to report that we achieved this goal in 2017 and continued to decrease our emissions in 2018. 

Our Science-Based Target, which we announced as part of our EcoEffective+ initiative in 2018, commits us to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 30% by 2025 and to work with our suppliers so that they set their own science-based reduction targets and report annual emissions”.

  • Performance 

The company states “We surpassed our 2020 goal by reducing our overall energy intensity and procuring more renewable electricity. In 2018, we are pleased to report that our market-based global GHG emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) decreased 3.3% per metric ton of production from the prior year, resulting in an overall reduction of approximately 35.6% from the 2010 baseline. Reducing emissions has been successful so far because of our efforts to reduce our overall energy consumption, procure more renewable electricity and switch to lower-carbon fuel sources such as natural gas. As a member of RE100, an initiative among companies committed to procure 100% renewable electricity, we have set – and are making progress toward – an interim goal to procure 75% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In addition to prior efforts, in 2018 we began purchasing green electricity for our facilities in Haverhill, U.K., and Carrollton, Texas, U.S., increasing our overall renewable electricity percentage to 45%. With this notable progress, we are now more than halfway toward our 2025 goal of 75% of electricity procured from renewable sources. This included 5.6 MWh generated by our on-site wind turbine at our Tilburg, Netherlands, facility and 4.5 MWh generated by the solar field in Hazlet, New Jersey, U.S. In 2018 we began plans to construct a new solar field at our Union Beach, New Jersey, U.S., facility.” 



      • The company states “Since 2012, we have made significant strides in reducing our global water footprint – surpassing our 2020 goals twice to date. By 2018, we achieved a 66% reduction in water use intensity against our 2010 baseline.”


    • The company states “In 2018, we withdrew approximately 3.4 million cubic meters of water from groundwater, surface water and municipal sources. We experienced a year-over year increase in water use intensity of approximately 6.9% due to a shift in product mix to more water-intensive products, as well as supply chain disruptions leading us to manufacture more intermediate products rather than sourcing them. Smaller batch sizes require more frequent cleaning cycles, which then drive water use higher. We are continuously optimizing our cleaning processes and are investing in projects to address the issues identified through total plant water assessments.”



      • The company states “Our original goal was to reduce our hazardous waste intensity by 25% by 2020 (from a 2010 baseline), which we achieved in 2017. Also, as part of our recently announced EcoEffective+ environmental goals, we aim to achieve zero waste to landfill status at all major manufacturing facilities by 2025.”


      • The company states “Overall, we have reduced hazardous waste intensity by 44.2% against the 2010 baseline, surpassing our 2020 goal. Due to improvements at several facilities, our hazardous waste intensity decreased by 3.7%, in 2018, from .056 to .054 metric tons of hazardous waste per metric ton of production.” 
  • Zero waste to landfill 
    • A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, in contrast to a “take-make-dispose” linear economy. Eliminating the concept of waste is one of the core principles of the circular economy and one of IFF’s Positive Principles in its sustainability strategy. According to company “In support of this, we have pursued ways to increase efficiency and innovatively cut costs while creating a positive impact on society and the environment. One of these ways is through our zero waste to landfill goal, which encourages employees to implement innovative solutions to reduce waste by reusing and recycling materials. 
    • In 2017, our South Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., flavors facility became the first in our industry to be certified Zero Waste to Landfill from the third-party Green Circle Certifications. South Brunswick diverts waste through the 4Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling waste, as well as recovering energy through a waste-to-energy facility. Our South Brunswick facility Green Team is now working with other locations to share their learnings in pursuit of our zero waste to landfill goal. “


  • IFF-LMR Naturals has gone beyond certification to do something truly unique in our industry – provide comprehensive information to customers on the environmental and health impacts of 10 key botanical ingredients, from vegetal to final extract. To do this, IFF-LMR Naturals conducted detailed lifecycle assessments of these ingredients, based on ISO 14040-14044 standards, to arrive at quantitative measures of climate change impact, water consumed, ecosystem quality, resources used and human health. 
  • According to company “We also now have an extensive portfolio of 90 natural extracts that are certified vegan by the EVE (Expertise Vegan Europe) VEGAN standards. EVE VEGAN certification is recognized worldwide and considered one of the most rigorous and complex in the industry. It requires the absence of ingredients, technical agents and packaging of animal origin, as well as the absence of substances tested on animals. The EVE VEGAN certification guarantees that these ingredients respect the essential principles of veganism according to international criteria.”

→ Strengthening local communities 

  • Working with vetiver farmers in haiti 
  • Supporting patchouli farming communities in indonesia 

→ working to source palm oil responsable 

  • Their Palm Oil Policy outlines seven specific commitments, including a goal to have 100% of the palm oil used in their products be certified according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2020.1
  • They are a member of the RSPO and the associated North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON). Their involvement with the RSPO and NASPON supports our commitment to a collaborative approach in addressing issues in the palm oil supply chain.


All major manufacturing facilities (aside from recent acquisitions) are currently ISO 14001 certified and intend to maintain their certifications.

Sustainable Development Goals

How company covers SDGs

  • INNOVATION  → SDGs 3, 7, 9, 12, and 14
    • Our R&D teams work to identify renewable and biodegradable feedstocks, leverage green chemistry principles and develop innovative products with health and wellness attributes.
  • SOURCING → SDGs 1, 2, 5, 12 and 17
    • Our Responsible Sourcing program aims to conserve natural resources and improve the livelihoods of local farming communities.
  • MANUFACTURING → 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13
    • We are doing our part to address critical environmental issues, such as global climate change and water scarcity.
  • CUSTOMERS & CONSUMERS → 3, 8, 11, 12, and 17
    • We create ways for our customers to make products that are lower in sodium, fat, sugar and calories, without sacrificing flavor. We’re also developing ingredients for plant-based meat alternatives – products that are not only part of a healthy diet, but also a healthier planet. 
  • CONSUMER INSIGHTS → SDGs 3, 11, and 12 
    • By developing a deep understanding of what consumers value and prefer, we are better able to focus our R&D and creative ports.


  • Key Highlights 

→ Launched EcoEffective +, a set of environmental goals focused on emission reductions, zero waste to landfill and water stewardship 

→ named to CDP’s A list for Climate Change and Water security, recognizing IFF as a leader in climate and water management strategies 

→ Procured renewable energy certificates for two new facilities, resulting in a companywide increase in renewable energy to 45% 

By 2025, IFF commits to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and to work with our suppliers so that they set their own science-based reduction targets and report annual emissions; and Procure 75% of our electricity portfolio from renewable sources 

International flavors and fragrances (IFF) appears to be in phase with the reality of their industry. Knowing they are not perfect, they keep making efforts to be certified for their new plants acquisitions (ISO 14001) and maintaining older ones. From their detailed CSR report and their global ranking nominations (CDP, Barron’s,…) we can note their commitment and reward them with a B.


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