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Rio+20: DSM leads the way for sustainable partnerships

Heerlen, NL, 28 Jun 2012 11:00 CEST

Royal DSM participated in a number of events at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20 that took place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 20 to 22 June 2012.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon & DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma in conversation

Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of DSM, represented the company in a number of roundtable discussions and other events including the Business Action for Sustainable Development Business Day, where he highlighted DSM’s role in finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

At the High Level Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, Mr. Sijbesma led a panel on the role of the public and private sector. He met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, reiterating DSM’s commitment to cooperation while challenging participants. “Leading companies and countries must partner together on the sustainability agenda; we can’t wait any longer for laggards,” he said.

The problems of the world are too big and too complicated to be solved by any government, by any company, by any science group or NGO,” said Mr Sijbesma. “We need to work together in private public partnerships to address the issues of this world. Business has to work together with the United Nations and the United Nations agencies in partnership to unlock the potential of the contribution that business can give.”

Mr. Sijbesma highlighted DSM’s partnership with the World Food Programme as a prime example of how the public and the private sector can work together. “Hunger and malnutrition are the greatest solvable challenges of this world. I am proud that in five years time our partnership with the World Food Programme has improved the lives of more than ten million people affected by malnutrition every single day,” he said.

DSM has made its commitment to sustainable solutions a business priority and reaffirmed this commitment at the Rio +20 summit. “We can’t be successful, nor even call ourselves successful, in a world that fails,” Mr. Sijbesma told delegates in Rio.

Rio+20 focused on a ‘green’ economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as well as providing an institutional framework for sustainable development.