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Advocating climate action

Building the movement for a low-carbon economy

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, 195 Member States adopted the Paris Agreement. As climate change will continue to shape the way we do business now and in the coming decades, we support and lead advocacy initiatives which:
  • encourage climate action by governments to enable the shift to a low-carbon economy;
  • help us drive concrete actions, to reduce the carbon footprint in our own operations;
  • catalyze an action-oriented movement among companies from all industry sectors, and
  • connect well with our core value and moral obligation to take care of the planet.
Second High Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC)

Enabling policies

DSM is in favor of consistent, long-term governmental policies that enable a low-carbon economy. We believe that government policies and initiatives should aim to:

  • boost and incentivize low carbon innovations, improvement of energy efficiency and scaling of renewable energy;
  • innovate fiscal systems and policies, including  - but not limited to - carbon pricing and removal of fossil fuel subsidies;
  • increase transparency and disclosure regarding financial investments and policies regarding the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy; while
  • educating the public about the impact of climate change on the planet and society to increase awareness.

DSM supports the over-all goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to realize a net zero-carbon economy in the second half of this century, backed by strong intermediate targets to prevent a global average temperature increase beyond 1.5 to 2°C.

Responsible engagement in climate policy

DSM demonstrates leadership by advocating a progressive agenda in discussions about climate and energy in industry associations and other industry initiatives. Consequently, the company commits to responsible corporate engagement in climate policy as promoted by the Carbon Disclosure Project. We are on the board of three prominent European public-private partnerships: the Bio-based Industries Consortium, the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) and the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem). DSM is also deeply engaged with the following partners:

Stakeholder engagement

A4S website

Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

A4S seeks to inspire action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy. DSM's CFO Geraldine Matchett is co-chair of the A4S CFO Leadership Network Europe which has developed a number of practical guides and continues to work on projects that address key challenges for organizations.

Carbon Disclosure Project website

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

DSM reports its climate actions to the CDP, which uses the power of measurement, transparency, information disclosure and accountability to drive positive change in the world of business and investment.

Carbon Pricing Champions website

Carbon Pricing Champions

As a Carbon Pricing Champion, DSM works with the UN Global Compact to advocate for carbon pricing, set an internal carbon price and report on our progress as part of our Annual Report.

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition website

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

The CPLC is a multi-stakeholder World Bank initiative sharing experiences of working with carbon pricing and growing the evidence base for the most effective carbon pricing systems and policies. DSM’s CEO is co-chair of the CPLC. In recognition of this role he has been appointed a Climate Leader by World Bank Group President Jim Kim.

LCTPi website

Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi)

LCTPi, a multi-stakeholder platform presents the opportunities of large-scale development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. DSM has joined the below50 campaign, uniting companies that produce, use and/or invest in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than fossil fuels.

Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group website

Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)

The CLG works under the leadership of The Prince of Wales to advocate for climate change solutions with policymakers and businesses, within the EU and globally.

RE 100 website

Renewable Energy 100 (RE100)

RE100 is a peer learning, advocacy and action platform, led by the Climate Group, uniting businesses to commit to using 100% renewable electricity whilst setting a bold intermediate target.

TCFD website

Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

During New York Climate Week 2017 DSM was among the first ten global leading companies that committed to implementing the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's TCFD within three years.

WEF website

WEF CEO Climate Leaders

DSM is a Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Together with 79 CEOs, we released an open letter to governments “Let’s partner on climate action”.

We Mean Business website

We Mean Business

We Mean Business is a coalition of several of the above organizations that is inviting hundreds of companies and investors to commit to low-carbon initiatives.