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DSM in Personal Care

Vitamins and Sustainability

Our Quality for LifeTM seal guarantees that our vitamins deliver value to all our stakeholders in a sustainable, transparent manner. Further, it inspires us to constantly review our processes for ways to reduce our environmental footprint – already with considerable success.
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  • As the world’s largest manufacturer of vitamin E, the most widely used active ingredient in personal care, we wanted to quantify the environmental impacts connected with its complete life cycle (creation, use, end-of-life). A recently undertaken Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) confirmed DSM’s Quali®-E brand has the lowest carbon footprint for vitamin E in the industry. We demonstrated that the DSM production method generates up to 85% less particulate matter and uses up to 60% less non-renewable energy. Overall, the lower carbon footprint translates to a saving of 3,200 tons of CO2 for every 100 tons of DSM’s Quali® E branded vitamin purchased – a saving equivalent to the entire carbon sequestered by 82,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years (Source: Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator developed by United States Environmental Protection Agency)
  • After implementing a sustainability program at its vitamin production site in Scotland, DSM was awarded a CEFIC European Responsible Care Award in the environmental category. The program met and even exceeded its targets by recycling nutrient rich organic effluent sludge, reducing VOC emission by 50% and landfill waste by 90%, and by lowering electrical consumption. The sustainability focus continues on site with new commitments. 
  • In 2013 DSM made a commitment to source all palm oil and palm oil derivatives in a sustainable manner, using either GreenPalm certificates or Mass Balance certification.