IFF-LMR Naturals Achieves 9th For Life Certification: Burgundy Blackcurrant Bud

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In the wake of the release of our 2016 Sustainability Report, Circular by Design, and its accompanying video, we are thrilled to announce that IFF-LMR Naturals has achieved its 9th IMO (Institute for Marketecology) For Life Social Responsibility certification for our Burgundy Blackcurrant bud ingredient supply chain.


IFF LMR Naturals Certified For Life 

The For Life certification is a global standard for corporate social responsibility. Since 2014, IFF-LMR has worked with IMO, a leading international quality assurance provider for organic, ecological and social standards, to certify its sustainable approach to its strategic supply chains and operating platforms.

Today we are proud to have 7 For Life certified supply chains for our natural ingredients; Rose harvested in Turkey, Vetiver from Haiti, Geranium Oil from Egypt, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang from Madagascar, and in France, Orris and Blackcurrant Bud. Additionally, we earned certifications for 2 operation sites, located in Grasse and Aumont-Aubrac.

The For Life certification attests that assured companies:

  • Commit to corporate social responsibility by orienting the business model to responsible practices.  
  • Respect human rights and offer decent working conditions to improve the well-being of workers.  
  • Respect the environment, biodiversity, and climate by taking responsibility for one’s environmental impacts and progressively implementing sustainable production methods. 
  • Act for sustainable local development through creating local jobs and developing the local anchorage of the company. 
  • Integrate responsible and ethical sourcing practices based on a respectful dialogue with its suppliers and work with partners who favor responsible social and environmental practices. 
  • Support representation and participation mechanism in producer operations to promote democratic values. 

Where the Earth Is in Love 

In east-central France, lies Burgundy, renowned for its vineyards and wines, where a tiny fruit called blackcurrant grows. Farmers like to say the earth here "is in love" as it clings to their feet. Since the 1960s, they have cultivated the buds of the blackcurrant branches for use in perfumery. The worldwide annual yield of production amounts to only 25-30 tons. We have long standing, 10-year partnerships for a small portion of the total yield with local farmers, with whom we have collaborated to introduce mechanical harvesting techniques to enhance production and longevity of the agricultural work.

As the buds are processed and extracted, they make the journey from our facilities in Aumont Aubrac to our facility in Grasse where we transform them into an absolute, which is then refined molecularly to become the powerful, fruity, Blackcurrant Bud Absolute that perfumers prize.

Explore How IFF-LMR Harvests French Burgundy Blackcurrant Bud






Why it Matters 

According to the United Nations, “Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 percent of today’s global population. Since the 1900s, some 75 percent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.”
We believe that companies such as IFF have an important role to play in advancing sustainable development. IFF has embraced and actively supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has worked to identify how these goals relate to our sustainability strategy and business, as well as where our efforts can provide the most value in advancing these goals. We promote sustainable agriculture and food security through our responsible sourcing programs in alliance to the UN SDG 2nd Goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. Download our 2016 Sustainability Report to learn more about how we are doing our part to address these challenges.

“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do,” Says Bertrand de Preville, General Manager of IFF-LMR Naturals. “It’s a way to provide our customers with high-quality and long-term availability of our ingredients, while improving the lives of the local farming and production communities we work with across the world, from Haiti to Madagascar, Turkey to Egypt. In that sense, our responsible sourcing platforms in naturals demonstrates our commitment to traceability and towards more and more responsible ingredients. Certification For Life demonstrates to our customers and to consumers how we are driving transformational change and how we can make a difference.”

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