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External Recognition

At DSM, we work hard to ensure that our innovations and products meet global needs. We’re also driven to make a lasting and sustainable difference to the world in which we live.

We’re always delighted when our sustainability and innovation efforts are recognized by the outside world. These are some of the awards and other forms of recognition that we have received from non-governmental and trade organizations, customers, suppliers and the academic world.

CDP Climate A List 2017

DSM again named in Carbon Disclosure Project 'Climate A List'

For the second consecutive year DSM has been identified as a global leader in corporate sustainability. DSM was awarded a position on this year’s A List for climate and water by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform. DSM reports its climate actions to CDP and is one of only 25 companies to score an A for both climate and water, in recognition of our actions in the last reporting year to manage environmental risks, cut carbon emissions and enhance water stewardship.


World Resources Institute honors Feike Sijbesma

World Resources Institute honors Feike Sijbesma

On 12 October the World Resources Institute (WRI) honored DSM's CEO Feike Sijbesma at its 2017 Courage to Lead dinner in New York City, recognizing his bold leadership to solve global challenges.


Fortune Change the World list

DSM 2nd on Fortune’s “Change the World” list

On 7 September DSM was revealed in 2nd place in Fortune Magazine’s 3rd annual Change the World list, which this year recognizes 56 companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.


DSM among leaders in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

DSM among leaders in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

On 7 September DSM was named among the world leaders in the Materials industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in recognition of the company's consistent and longstanding commitment to sustainability.  DSM has been among the global leaders for the past 14 years and number one in the sector seven times.


Irene Yang (Vice President DSM Nutritional Products China) with the CNS Award

Nutrition Promotion & Contribution Award 2017

During the 13th biennial Chinese Nutrition Society’s National Congress in May 2017 DSM was presented with the Society’s Nutrition Promotion and Contribution Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Chinese human nutrition and food and beverage community. As well as being the only B2B company among the handful of recipients, this is the 3rd consecutive occasion DSM has been recognized in this way.


(l to r) Steve Decker (co-chair SBFC symposium), Steve Brown (co-chair SBFC symposium), Marco Hensing (DSM)

2017 BioEconomy Leadership Award

On 4 May DSM was presented with the 2017 BioEconomy Leadership Award at the 39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. This fairly new award recognizes the companies or NGOs that have significantly advanced the development of a renewable resource-based fuels and chemicals economy. Being selected as an early recipient speaks volumes about how influential DSM has been in developing bio-based products and advancing the bio-based economy.


Global 100 Index

Global 100 Index

Each year Corporate Knights publishes their Global 100 Index of the most sustainable corporations in the world. In the 2017 Index published on 16 January, DSM was the highest ranked materials company for a second successive year and rose from 23rd place overall in 2016 to 9th in 2017. Those featured are considered leaders in transparency, in resource productivity and on a range of other social and governance indicators.

Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership

Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership

On 12 December DSM was recognized with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership for DSM's Akulon® PA6 portfolio and particularly its latest innovation Akulon XS, which is used extensively for film extrusion in food, medical, and industrial product packaging.


Biofuels Digest

Reverdia recognized by Biofuels Digest

On 4 November, Reverdia, the joint venture between DSM and Roquette Frères that produces Biosuccinium™ (succinic acid), the first non-fossil feedstock derived chemical building block, topped the Biofuels Digest 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17.


Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe

ESI Excellence Europe

On 25 October DSM was reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe. The ESI Excellence Europe contains shares of 200 European companies that are included in the Russell Global Index that display the best performance in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR).


Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards website

DSM wins Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

On 30 September DSM’s Science Can Change the World campaign won in the Best Communication category at the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards 2016. DSM was also ‘highly commended’ in the Best Sustainable Company category. The Awards recognize genuine, truly innovative and meaningful approaches to making responsible business a reality.


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DSM again FTSE4Good Index constituent

DSM is again featured in the FTSE4Good Index. This international sustainability index is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance practices. DSM has a maximum score of 100.


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Company Communications Team of the Year Award

On 7th July at the annual European Association of Communication Directors (EACD) Summit in Brussels, DSM’s Communications and Branding Team won the ‘Company Communications Team of the Year Award 2016’ in recognition of the success of its 'Unsung Heroes of Science' campaign. The award is an initiative of the EACD – the leading network of European communication professionals – to applaud communication excellence.


Deauville Green Awards website

Deauville Green Awards

On Thursday 16th June at the 5th Deauville Green Awards - an international festival of film productions focusing on sustainability and eco-innovations - DSM's 'Unsung Heroes of Science' movie was recognized with the 'Gold Green Award' in the 'Innovations and technological leaps' category, rewarding excellence in production and broadcasting for sustainable development.


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Webranking by Comprend

“Webranking” is Europe’s leading survey of corporate websites and evaluates how well companies in the FT Europe 500 are meeting the growing expectations of stakeholders in terms of transparency and dialogue. In 2015/16 DSM leapt from 32nd to 11th place and for the 5th successive year was the leading Dutch company in the FT-500. DSM was also 2nd place in the highest performing Chemicals Sector behind Bayer and 5 places above BASF.


New York Festivals website

New York Festivals

At the New York Festivals Best TV & Films 2016 ceremony in April 2016, DSM's 'Unsung Heroes of Science' movie was recognized with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Relations and Internal Film categories respectively.


The Circulars 2016 Awards Leadership Winner

Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership

On 19 January during the World Economic Forum, DSM's CEO, Feike Sijbesma, was jointly awarded the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership in recognition of his role in spearheading DSM’s circular economy strategy and its groundbreaking research into fossil fuel substitutes. His fellow recipient was Professor Dajian Zhu of Tongji University, Shanghai for his role in shifting the attitudes of business and policy leaders on circular economy eco-design models throughout China.

(r) Roelof Westerbeek, Executive Vice President DSM, receives the Overall Winner award from Tony Gourlay, CEO of Global Initiatives

Singapore Sustainable Business Awards

On 3 November DSM was recognized as Overall Winner of the Singapore Sustainable Business Awards (SBA). DSM received the award for its commitment to sustainability and for creating value for people, planet and profit throughout its supply chain. DSM also won awards in Supply Chain Management and Climate Change.


Collecting FD-Sijthoff prize

FD-Henri Sijthoff prize for Annual Report

On 30 October DSM was awarded the FD-Henri Sijthoff prize for the best Annual Report by a company listed on the AEX stock exchange in the Netherlands for its 2014 Integrated Annual Report.


Cannes Silver Dolphin Award ©Peter Berger, 2010

DSM wins two Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

At the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards held on 15 October, DSM was honored with Silver Dolphin Awards in two categories. The short film ‘The Unsung Heroes of Science’, produced by DSM as part of its Science Can Change The World campaign championing inspirational scientists, won silver in the Corporate Films category and ‘Hidden Hunger’, produced by DSM's Nutrition Improvement Program as part of its work raising awareness of global micronutrient deficiency, in the Informational Films category.

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DSM receives CEFIC European Responsible Care Award

On 9 October CEFIC announced DSM had won the environment category at this year’s European Responsible Care Awards in recognition of DSM’s success in implementing a sustainability program at its Dalry facility located on the west coast of Scotland. Based on 2010 data for the Dalry site, the sustainability program introduced by DSM has had a significant impact, achieving and even exceeding its targets in some areas.


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CDP Quarterly Sector Research

In August 2015 CDP, the NGO dedicated to collating data on listed firms' environmental performance, published a new report on the carbon disclosure record of 18 global chemical firms. The research ranked the companies, representing over $500bn in market cap, on seven categories, including product innovation, energy efficiency, water risk and carbon regulation, resulting in DSM being ranked in 2nd place behind DuPont.


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IFANCA 'Company of the Year'

In March DSM was named ‘Company of the Year’ by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) in recognition of DSM’s outstanding Halal compliance, implementation and program of label control for Halal logo and markings and our commitment to supporting the growing requirements of the international food industry with global Halal programs and ingredients that are suitable for Halal products.

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CII-ITC Sustainability Awards

In December DSM was recognized by the Confederation of Indian Industry’s CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development for its innovative approach, including policy and practice, to reduce DSM’s environmental impact and achieve exemplary results.


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ITMA Future Materials Awards 2014

In late November at the ITMA Future Materials Awards DSM was recognized with 3 awards based on its Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology platform; Best Innovation – Industrial Textiles, Most Innovative Large Company and Launch of the Year.


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SPE Innovation Award

In November DSM received the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division Innovation Award in recognition of the numerous environmental and economic advantages of the new crankshaft cover in Volkswagen Group diesel engines manufactured from DSM’s bio-based polymer, EcoPaXX®.


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Singapore Sustainability Award 2014

In October DSM was recognized with a Singapore Sustainability Award in the prestigious Sustainable Business category. The awards showcase the most innovative and impactful sustainable practices and green solutions among organizations in the country.


Minimally invasive surgery

Growth Excellence Leadership Award

In August DSM received Frost & Sullivan's Growth Excellence Leadership Award for Medical Device Coatings. According to Frost & Sullivan, DSM’s customer-centric strategies are one of the key ingredients to its success. Coupled with its cross-functional expertise and commitment to value-added partnerships and acquisitions, DSM is well positioned to remain the “total solutions provider” to the medical device coatings market.


Steering wheel

Customer Value Leadership Award

In June DSM received the 2014 Europe Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership for its work in enhancing value for Tier 1 suppliers of passenger car steering systems by establishing a new benchmark in weight reduction.


DSM's Maxipro wins 2nd Innovation Award

On 14 May at Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards Banquet, DSM's Maxipro HSP, a unique protease able to extract valuable protein from existing animal by-products was recognized with an Innovation of the Year by the organizers. This is the 2nd such award given recently to Maxipro HSP.


Dutch Food Top 100’s Social Media Award

Dutch Food Top 100’s Social Media Award

On 6 May DSM was presented with the EVMI Dutch Food Top 100’s Social Media Award. DSM was praised for its consistency across all channels, the integration with its websites, the use of local channels and responsiveness.


‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’ award logo

‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’

On 5 March DSM’s advanced cellulosic yeast product was named the ‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’ at Green Power’s Sustainable Bio Awards, presented during World Bio Markets 2014 Conference. The award recognizes a “technology that resets the goal for bio-based production.” DSM’s advanced cellulosic yeast product recently achieved successful scale-up in an industrial production-sized trial at DONG Energy’s Inbicon demonstration plant in Kalundborg, Denmark.


Jos van Haastrecht (l), Global Branding Director & Mauricio Adade (r), Chief Marketing Officer receiving the NIMA award

DSM wins Marketing Award

On 16 January DSM was presented with the Netherlands Institute of Marketing’s (NIMA) Marketing Award 2013 for best Marketing Company in the Netherlands. This is the first time a B2B company has received this recognition. According to the jury “DSM has successfully transformed itself from a chemical giant to a specialized multinational that translates technology into value propositions in the areas of health, nutrition and materials”.  Other contenders for the award were KLM and Bol.com.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health awards Dean’s Medal to DSM

On 3 December DSM received the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Medal. The Dean’s Medal is the School’s highest honor and was presented to DSM in recognition of its global corporate leadership in efforts to mitigate food insecurity, prevent hidden hunger and promote sustainable development in low-income countries. This is the first time in its history that the Dean’s Medal has been awarded to an organization rather than an individual.


DSM's Chief Innovation Officer Rob van Leen (r) receives the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 from Professor Henk Volberda (l)

DSM wins Erasmus Innovation Award 2013

On 27 November 2013 DSM was recognized for the for the successful transformation of the company by winning the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 at the Annual INSCOPE Conference. Receiving the award, DSM's Chief Innovation Officer, Rob van Leen said "This external recognition that innovation is in our company’s genes fills me with pride. I am happy to accept this award on behalf of the many thousand people who daily work on our innovations at DSM.”


Rob van Leen, Chief Innovation Officer, on stage receiving award

Rob van Leen named 'Innovator of the Year'

On 8 November 2013 DSM's Chief Innovation Officer, Rob van Leen, was named 'Innovator of the Year' by Accenture. This year, the award was presented for the first time to the person ‘who has made an extraordinary contribution to innovation in The Netherlands over the past few years’.


Winners 'Bio-based Deal of the Year' logo

Bio-based Deal of the Year

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, the joint venture between DSM and the U.S.-based POET, was named the ‘Bio-based Deal of the Year’ on 29 October 2013. The award recognizes “a deal that is of particular relevance for the long-term development of the bio-based industries.”


Biofuels Digest Award

DSM is hot!

In October 2013 DSM received top 10 honors in Biofuels Digest’s prestigious ‘50 Hottest Companies In Bioenergy’ and ‘30 Hottest In Renewable Chemicals’ polls, finishing in 10th and 7th place respectively.The polls are based on votes by biofuels and bio-chemical industry professionals.


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OatWell® oat beta-glucan wins industry award

DSM’s heart health ingredient OatWell oat beta-glucan has been named one of the most innovative products of the year at the prestigious Food Ingredients South America (FiSA) Awards 2013 held in August.


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Dyneema® wins coveted Soldier Technology Award

In June 2013 DSM's ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber, Dyneema, was named the winner of the Soldier Technology Award’s Best Light-Weight Protective Product for the Soldier category.


Feike Sijbesma with Mr. Han Qide, vice chairman of CPPCC

DSM's CEO joins Global CEO Council to support Chinese leadership on innovation, urbanization and sustainability

In June 2013 Feike Sijbesma, DSM's CEO, joined the Global CEO Council (GCC) of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). This prestigious committee, consisting of 14 CEO’s from global, leading multinational companies, will support the Chinese leadership, on several topics, including innovation, urbanization and sustainability.


Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer, Senior Vice President Nutrition Science & Advocacy, DSM Nutritional Products, receives the ‘Nutrition Innovation Gold Award’ from the Chinese Nutrition Society

DSM honored with ‘Human Nutrition Innovation Award’ by Chinese Nutrition Society

In May 2013 DSM was recognized by the Chinese Nutrition Society for its outstanding contribution to nutritional science by constantly enhancing and improving human nutrition and the strong support it offers to the academic community in product development and applications. DSM was also acknowledged for its excellent contribution to providing innovative nutritional solutions to meet the needs of specific groups.


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DSM wins the Global Deal and Global Partnership 2013 categories at the Sustainable Biofuels Awards 2013

On 13th March 2013 at the prestigious Sustainable Biofuels Awards 2013 ceremony held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, DSM and its joint venture partners were presented with awards in two categories; the Global Deal of the Year (POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels) and the Partnership of the Year (Reverdia).


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DSM's CEO awarded honorary doctorate

In January 2013 the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) conferred DSM's CEO, Feike Sijbesma, with an honorary doctorate. Receiving the award, Feike said "DSM, the company I represent, and to whom in fact my honorary doctorate belongs, is using and developing technologies, based on scientific work, to address the global challenges I mentioned with a strong conviction that we need to contribute and create value for all stakeholders, based on the company's core value, sustainability."