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From social enterprise to advocacy and science

DSM is involved in various one-off and on-going initiatives arising from our cross-sector partnerships. These are a few recent examples.
Africa Improved Foods website

Africa Improved Foods Ltd.

In 2015 DSM and Africa Improved Foods Ltd. (AIF), a consortium initiated by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, agreed to invest in a factory to be built in Kigali, Rwanda, to produce fortified foods, creating 230 direct jobs while offering 9,000 local farmers a stable, sustainable income for a proportion of their harvest. Step forward to 2017, and on 31 May AIF celebrated the official opening of the factory and the launch of its first two products supporting maternal and childhood nutrition.

45RICE logo

45RICE - Fortifying Every Meal

In April 2016 DSM and BoP HUB launched the first phase of its social enterprise 45RICE, beginning with rice fortification for the 350,000 migrant workers in Singapore at risk of Hidden Hunger.

UN World Food Programme

DSM and WFP extend partnership

In December 2015 DSM and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed an Agreement extending their existing partnership to combat hidden hunger and malnutrition in the developing world for three years (to 2018). DSM and WFP will seek to further increase the number of people who benefit from their work together as well as further improve the nutritional value of the food that the WFP distributes to its most vulnerable beneficiaries.

1,000 Days website

1,000 Days

March 2015, DSM supports "March for Nutrition", an online campaign raising awareness of the critical importance of good nutrition to mother and baby during the 1,000 Days following conception.

WEF website

Investing in Nutrition, Changing Lives

In January 2015 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, World Food Programme (WFP), GAIN, DSM and Unilever hosted a Nutrition Breakfast entitled: ‘Scaling Up Nutrition: Creating a Sustainable Food System in the Post-2015 Agenda’. The session aimed to identify new actions that non-state actors and governments can take to ensure that nutrition remains a central part of an integrated post-2015 agenda. The accompanying short WFP/DSM movie 'Investing in Nutrition, Changing Lives' was premiered.

Every Woman Every Child website

Every Woman Every Child

Women are transferring the legacy of malnutrition from their generation on to the next. Multiple micronutrient supplements’ (MMS) impact on maternal and child health is critical in breaking the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. On 25 September 2014 DSM committed to Every Woman Every Child, to ensure a wide reach of women with MMS. DSM will support a variety of steps to integrate MMS into the health care system and via a market-based approach, piloting MMS distribution in “Child Health Week” in Nigeria.

Zero Hunger Challenge website

Zero Hunger Challenge

In September 2014, at the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge event, Feike Sijbesma reconfirmed DSM’s commitment to help fight against malnutrition and eliminate hunger on a global scale. This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their right to nutritious food. The UN Secretary-General encourages all partners of the Zero Hunger Challenge initiative to turn the vision of an end to hunger into a reality.

Twitter business case

Twitter campaign for Typhoon Haiyan victims

In late 2013 Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Southeast Asia region, particularly the Philippines. In the aftermath DSM launched a Twitter campaign to help raise awareness and support for our partner, the World Food Programme’s, emergency efforts in the region. Such was its impact that Twitter now features the campaign as an example of a successful business case for mobilizing the social media platform in this way.


Business scales up action to combat global malnutrition

As announced during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting held in Davos in January 2014, forty global companies have now joined together to take global action against malnutrition. These companies are committed to reaching over 127 million women and children with improved nutrition every year by 2020. Additionally, the group has committed to targeting 99 members by 2015 – ranging from global multinationals to local companies in Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) member countries.