During the 12 months of 2010, Givaudan further increased its commitment to operating a sustainable business model. With the publication of our first Sustainability Report, we introduced our framework and our long-term vision. This challenging vision was developed together with our partner, the Natural Step, and is based on five pillars.

These five pillars span our product life cycle, from the sourcing of raw materials to the end-of-life of our customers’ products.

Since March, we have made continuous progress within this holistic framework of our Company-wide Sustainability programme. As the leading Company in our industry, we have an important role to play in preserving resources we need, coupled with a commercial and ethical responsibility, to drive sustainable development in our industry.

Our next Sustainability Report, to be published in March 2011, will report in detail on the progress made in 2010. This section of the Annual Report will continue to provide easy access and information on other areas such as Compliance, Risk Management and Regulatory. It is our aim to combine this section with the Sustainability Report in the coming years and to provide one, comprehensive document.