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Product Stewardship

Safety, Health and Environment

Product Stewardship supports DSM’s sustainability strategy by providing transparency and clarity on substances and their safe production, processing, use and disposal. As such it is embedded in the company’s Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) requirements.
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Definition

Product Stewardship is defined as the management of the safety, health and environmental aspects of a product throughout its lifecycle in an ethically responsible way and in line with our SHE policy. Specifically, Product Stewardship is defined as the responsibility to control and minimize all possible safety risks and adverse effects on human or animal health or on the environment that could be caused by the substances present in products throughout their entire life cycle. An important aspect of Product Stewardship is compliance driven Product Safety which ensures DSM’s license to sell.

Moving beyond compliance

Beyond compliance, Product Stewardship links into our Brighter Living Solutions programs that produce and deliver products with a measurably better environmental (ECO+) and social (People+) impact. Product Stewardship contributes to substantiating the value propositions of ECO+ and People+ products and in giving directions for competitive advantage.

Team effort

A team effort

Naturally, Product Stewardship is a team effort, requiring the knowledge and expertise of a variety of disciplines. This necessitates close working relationships and ongoing dialogue between all the parties involved in the value chain – suppliers, customers and stakeholders - to ensure that substances are used and managed safely throughout their life cycle.

Responsible Care®

As part of our commitment to Product Stewardship, DSM has adopted and adheres to the principles of the Program of Responsible Care®[1], set out by the International Council of Chemical Associations. This is the chemical industry’s global voluntary initiative under which companies work together to continuously improve their management of the health, safety and environmental aspects of a chemical throughout its life cycle.

[1] Responsible Care® is the chemical industry’s global voluntary initiative under which companies, through their national trade associations, work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with all relevant stakeholders and with the public about their products, their processes and achievements.

The Responsible Care® ethic helps our industry to operate safely, profitably and with due care for future generations, and contributes significantly to sustainable development.