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DSM in Personal Care

Sustainability in DSM Personal Care

What exactly is sustainability? Ask ten people and you’ll probably get ten different answers. For us at DSM, sustainability means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, in line with our brand promise: Bright Science.  Brighter Living.
Sustainability in DSM Personal Care

Essentially, this means taking social responsibility, improving the quality of our environment, and boosting economic prosperity. In fact, the three Ps: People, Planet, and Profit.

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Improving the lives of People

Of course our ingredients enhance wellbeing by making people feel good about their appearance, but they also directly benefit people by providing optimal protection against the threat of skin damage from UV radiation, or by relieving the discomfort of dry, sensitive skin, example through our People+ product range ALPAFLOR®,with its natural bioactives from plants grown organically in the Swiss Alps. 

And illustrating another aspect of our People strategy, DSM’s Vouvry production site, home of the ALPAFLOR® portfolio, was recently awarded “Fair Trade” certification according to the ESR Standard, which stands for fairness, solidarity and responsibility.

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Planet: Keeping the footprint light

Our greatest contribution to preserving the planet is through reducing our carbon footprint, and since vitamins form a major part of what we do, we examined the potential for reducing their footprint: 

  • DSM has the lowest carbon footprint for vitamin E in the industry
  • In Scotland, where we produce vitamin C and Panthenols (vitamin B5), we successfully implemented a 5-year program to reduce waste to landfill by 90% and lower energy use through leak reduction and isolation of redundant equipment. These efforts were rewarded with a CEFIC European Responsible Care Award in the category “Environment”.

In other examples: we celebrated a great success with the AMPHISOL® K production process. Traditionally, the phosphorus-containing waste water produced in its manufacture was incinerated, but now it is sent to an external waste water treatment plant for reclamation. By recycling the waste water we have achieved a zero waste process with an overall reduction of 32% CO2.

And improved production methods, a shorter transport route and reduced weight and packaging have reduced the carbon footprint for our PARSOL® UV filters, as well.

Measures like these can help in other ways, too. For example, reducing weight and packaging positively affects people’s work load, while lower material, disposal and transport costs contribute to our final aspect of sustainability – profitability.

 

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Sustainability and Profit are mutually compatible

In fact the superior and innovative processing methods we are investing in are not just carbon and energy efficient but, equally importantly, have proved to be very cost efficient. A win-win-win situation.