Responsible Innovation

 Innovation with broad benefits

Our ingredients can provide important benefits to most people. For example:

  • By making Stevia taste better, we allow a large number of people to reduce the level of sugar in their diet.
  • By bringing Nootkatone to market, we help many people better protect themselves and their families against disease-transmitting pests.

Not only are these benefits to those individuals who use our ingredients, but they also benefit society as a whole. For us this is the essence of responsible innovation.

When selecting which ingredients to focus on, we think about where our approach can significantly improve everyday life.

  • We focus on ingredients with scarcity and cost issues, which leads to overharvesting and unsafe and fraudulent imitations.
  • We focus on ingredients whose high price limits the extent to which people can benefit from them.
  • We focus on finding out more about the fundamental properties of our ingredients, so they can be used in new areas, used better in old areas, and not be used where they should not be.

For us this is the essence of responsible innovation.

Dialogue

We know that our fusion of nature and technology raises concerns for some. And for sure we have things we can learn as well. So, we

  • Endeavour to be transparent about what we make, how we make it, and why we make it.
  • Endeavour to engage with stakeholders, NGOs, industry observers, the media and the general public in discussing what we do.
  • Endeavour to listen rather than just talk, and to act on valid critiques.

Whatever the outcome of such dialogs, we believe engagement is far better than the alternative, and that companies such as ours have a responsibility to society to participate in such debates.

Regulations and laws

All of the countries in which Evolva operates (Switzerland, Denmark, USA, India and UK) have comprehensive regulations and laws governing research into and commercial uses of biotechnology.

Evolva supports the public review and expert technical/legal assessment of such regulations, and when necessary, the strengthening of laws to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose.

Our approach to innovation is fully consistent with the aims of UN Convention on Biological Diversity: 1) the conservation of biodiversity, 2) the sustainable use of its components, and 3) the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

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