We are focusing on reducing supply chains to
reduce trading margins and increase benefits for
local communities. Vanilla, vetiver bourbon, geranium bourbon, Timur pepper and Namibian myrrh
to name a few are examples of partnerships where
we are working hand in hand with farmers for
Sustainability also means local sourcing. Thanks
to its location at the heart of the Grasse region,
MANE set up local partnerships with producers of
well-known perfumery ingredients, such as rose or
jasmine. These collaborations allow preservation of
the ancestral know-how of the region and protect the
fields from being sold for non-agricultural purposes.
earthquake, tsunami) to political stability, quality of
the raw materials and price speculation.
P&F: How is sustainability evolving within
the past several years? (i.e. latest technologies,
supply-chain initiatives, etc.)
To improve production processes and develop
more eco-friendly and healthy products, MANE
developed in 2011 an assessment tool named Green
Motion.b This innovative tool allows companies to
calculate the green footprint of ingredients or final
solutions and set goals for improvement. Based on
the 12 principles of Green Chemistry, it rates the
health, safety and environmental impact of ingredients for the F&F industry on a zero to 100 scale. The
safer and the less impactful the process is, the higher
P&F: How is Green Motion playing a role in
sustainability in naturals?
It aims to help chemists reduce carbon and water
footprints, using renewable resources or minimizing
hazards and formulators to develop solutions with a
greener footprint. For example, MANE’s perfumers
can now choose among their ingredients portfolio to
compound those which will have the best footprint
on the environment.
P&F: Do you see green assessment evolving with
more components to measure?
Green Motion is a gate to gate analysis, from raw
material arrival to the facilities to the final flavor or
fragrance sold to our clients. More sourcing criteria
could be taken into account in the future.
P&F: How has MANE embraced biotechnology?
Since 1987, we have been developing and
producing patented aroma chemicals through
enzymatic and microbial engineering. We use more
environmentally friendly processes to synthesize
100% natural fragrance or flavor molecules with
greater economies than with conventional synthetic
P&F: Where do you see the industry headed in
sustainably sourcing naturals?
Toward more transparency on the sourcing and
labeling, shortened supply-chain and the development of local partnerships.
b Green Motion is a registered tradename of MANE.
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Sustainability is the quality
of not being harmful to
the environment or natural
resources, thus meeting
the needs of the present
without compromising the
ability of future generations
to meet their own needs. It
has to preserve biodiversity
and be economically and
Both partners are working together to rapidly
handle the fresh materials in order to preserve the
delicate smell of flowers or plants.
Within its sustainable development policy, MANE
also implemented a responsible purchasing approach
integrating corporate social responsibility processes.
All suppliers are informed of our CSR approach,
the suppliers’ risks are qualified and, based on these
results, suppliers will be evaluated through on-site
audits or independent ECOVADIS evaluation.
P&F: In your opinion, what are some challenges
the industry faces in sourcing naturals?
Challenges range from resource availability
related to geo-environmental issues (weather,