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Business Principles

At DSM, we collectively embrace the concept of sustainability. To us, being sustainable means simultaneously creating value along three dimensions: human, environmental and economic. In other words, it means a commitment to meeting the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. It is this triple bottom line that forms the framework for our Code of Business Conduct, which defines how we choose to do business and interact with all our stakeholders.

Our Mission, our Core Value and our Code of Business Conduct are part of what we call our 'One DSM'. One DSM defines what we are: a company that aims to make the world a better place by securing continuity and profitability for itself and the world in which we live, for this and next generations. Our corporate strategy is therefore focused on addressing key global needs such as alternative energies, climate change and health and nutrition for all. We respect One DSM every day through our behavior: we focus on customers; we drive for results; we improve, innovate and change; we engage with people; and we act responsibly.

The DSM Code of Business Conduct lays out the principles that guide us in everything we do to help us achieve our Mission of creating brighter lives for people today and generations to come. We must never take this mission for granted. That’s why DSM has a clear and strong philosophy to be responsible for people, planet and profit simultaneously and in parallel. We feel a responsibility to all our stakeholders, especially our employees, customers and suppliers, shareholders, and society at large.

The DSM Code of Business Conduct has an umbrella function for, among other things:

  • Trade Control Compliance
  • Competition Law Compliance
  • Code of Conduct for Information Security
  • DSM Safety Health and Environment Policy
  • DSM Supplier Code of Conduct
  • DSM Rules on the holding of and executing transactions in DSM Financial instruments and certain other financial instruments