National Safety Council honors Firmenich with 2012 Robert W. Campbell Award

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Safety Council presented its 2012 Robert W. Campbell Award to Firmenich, at the Opening Session of its Congress & Expo, the world's largest annual gathering of safety and health professionals. This award is presented annually to organizations that integrate environmental, health and safety (EHS) management with business operations as a cornerstone of corporate success.

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"I am deeply honored that Firmenich has been named the recipient of the 2012 Robert W. Campbell Award," said the CEO of the organization Patrick Firmenich. "We challenge ourselves every day to lead by example in EHS, and I am convinced that companies who hold EHS as a visible core value become better companies."

The Campbell Award selection process involves a comprehensive evaluation of an organization's EHS management system and the impact it has on the bottom line. Promoted by a network of 21 international partners, the Campbell Award recognizes world-class organizations around the globe. Firmenich will be deeply involved in the Award's ongoing educational efforts, including the development of a case study sharing its success and best practices for use by top business and engineering schools.

"Throughout the Campbell Award process, Firmenich demonstrated a mature and multi-faceted approach to EHS management," said Janet Froetscher, National Safety Council president and CEO. "As a Swiss family-owned business with a global presence, Firmenich has proven that a reliance on values and a sense of responsibility ensures lasting success. We applaud Firmenich for its deep and heartfelt commitment to EHS in the pursuit of its long term vision of business excellence."

As a natural progression of the Award, this year, NSC has launched the Campbell Institute, where leading organizations such as Campbell Award winners can share their collective experience and knowledge to enable the creation of better, safer workplaces and communities worldwide. The National Safety Council is proud to welcome Firmenich as one of the charter members of the Campbell Institute.

The Campbell Award is underwritten by the ExxonMobil Foundation and named for Robert W. Campbell, a safety pioneer and the first president of the National Safety Council. Visit CampbellAward.org for more information.

About Firmenich
Firmenich is the world's largest privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor business. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world's best-known perfumes and flavors that we enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its creativity and innovation, as well as its exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests around 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 2.63 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2012. More information about Firmenich is available at www.firmenich.com.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation
The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. Globally, the Foundation and Corporation provide funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria in developing countries. In the United States, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation support initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.  In 2011, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $278 million in contributions worldwide, of which $120 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact -- distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.

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