Givaudan has been named Global Conservation Hero by Conservation International in recognition of its commitment to forest conservation in the Caura Basin, Venezuela, particularly in protecting natural resources and empowering local communities.
“We are deeply honoured to accept this award from Conservation International which is testament to the team’s efforts in supporting the local communities in exchange for their help in conserving the forests. This demonstrates Givaudan’s commitment to our sustainable practices which are core to our values. A programme like this benefits the environment while ensuring the supply of tonka beans, which is an important and precious ingredient used in crafting exquisite smelling perfumes,” said Givaudan Head of Fine Fragrances North America in her acceptance speech at the gala dinner.
Givaudan’s tonka bean program in Venezuela has been running for some 12 years and to date has helped to conserve 150,000 hectares of forest area.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Conservation International for our work in the area of Sourcing for Shared Value and Acting for Our Environment, which are key areas under our sustainability approach, A Sense of Tomorrow. It demonstrates our commitment to preserving the ecosystem and ensuring that all of our raw materials are produced in a way that respects both people and the environment,” commented Givaudan Head of Sustainability, Hallvard Bremnes. “Givaudan works hand in hand with the Givaudan Foundation on many projects around the world and I am very happy that our organisations can share this award.”