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Firmenich Recognized as Diversity & Inclusion Leader With Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Award 2019

Firmenich, the world's largest privately-owned Perfume and Taste company, is proud to announce that it has been recognized for its exemplary leadership in Diversity & Inclusion with the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Award 2019. Ethical Corporation's judges praised Firmenich's "well-rounded and scalable approach to diversity, firmly embedded in the company's culture," and described its impact as "impressive." The Group's CEO, Gilbert Ghostine was also "Highly Commended" in the Business Leader Award for his leadership in inclusive capitalism and innovation to make business work for people and the planet.  
"This recognition means a lot to us, as we have been walking the talk on diversity and inclusion for over four decades," said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. "As the 7th company in the world to be globally certified as a gender equal employer, our commitment to diversity goes well beyond gender, to embrace people with different abilities and social inclusion. I personally make sure that we place disability inclusion on our leadership agenda, as an active member of the Valuable 500 coalition."
"I want Firmenich to be the best place to work in our industry," said Mieke Van de Capelle, Chief Human Resources Officer at Firmenich. "This award confirms that by making diversity and belonging a priority, we are delivering tangible results for our people. I dedicate this award to my team who work across our business every day to make a real difference in our people lives."
Firmenich is the seventh company worldwide, and the first in its industry, to be globally certified as a gender equal employer by EDGE, the world's leading certification standard in this area. As a critical pillar of its inclusive capitalism business model, Firmenich's progressive approach to diversity and belonging has raised female representation across the Group worldwide, now consisting of 42% of senior executives and 41% of its total workforce. Going well beyond gender equality, the Group's commitment to diversity spans a mix of backgrounds, race, age, experiences and people with different abilities.  

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