Eder Ramos, global president of the fragrance division at Symrise, accepted a nonprofit position in June 2022 when the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) nominated him to serve a three-year term as its president. The international nonprofit promotes the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials.
In his role, Ramos serves as the external representative of the UEBT Board of Directors. The board comprises member company representatives as well as independent experts. Prior to his nomination, Ramos was a member of the board and treasurer of the organization; he also chairs UEBT committee meetings.
As a long-standing member of UEBT, Symrise has integrated the organization’s principles and criteria into its supply chain management. Symrise and UEBT have introduced additional steps for the certification of numerous plant-based raw materials. Extracts of ginger and essential oils from vetiver, geranium and other UEBT-certified ingredients expand the company’s portfolio.
“Sustainability forms an integral component of our corporate strategy,” Bernhard Kott, chief sustainability officer at Symrise, said. “We especially want to make our supply chains sustainably environmentally friendly and socially equitable. Organizations such as UEBT help with this, and we support their work through our membership.”
Member companies of UEBT operate in the areas of fragrance, food, cosmetics and natural pharmaceutical products. The organization promotes procurement practices that members can use to source blossoms, fruit, roots and other plant materials in an ethical manner. Members also commit to responsible treatment of the people who participate in the supply chain and the preservation of biodiversity.
Ramos brings 40 years of experience with fragrance and cosmetic ingredients in a multinational environment to his position. At Symrise, he assumed leadership as a regional and division head in Europe and Latin America and served as global president of cosmetic ingredients. Ramos attaches particular importance to ethical supply chain management.
“I am pleased to be nominated president of UEBT and delighted with the trust that has been placed in me,” Ramos said. “In my new position, I would like to further promote the responsible creation of supply chains in our member companies. Symrise serves as my model."