IOFI and IFRA launch Charter committing to a more sustainable future

Jul 01, 2020
Nearly one hundred flavor and fragrance companies have signed the Charter seeking to improve sustainability across the two industries.

The Sustainability Charter, launched today by IOFI and IFRA is a voluntary framework for companies in the flavor and fragrance 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.

For more information on the Charter and a list of signatory companies, go to