Sustainable science takes DSM to the top
ACES Awards for top Green Companies in Asia
More than 14 years of integrating science, business strategy and sustainability was recognized today as Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, was awarded the Top Green Companies in Asia Award at the 2018 Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards. The awards, which recognize successful companies and individuals in Asia in the key areas of leadership and corporate social responsibility, were presented at a ceremony organized by MORS Group.
“We are a science based company that is purpose led, seeking ways to qualitatively change the lives of people for the better,” said Pieter Nuboer, Vice President, Animal Nutrition and Health, and President, DSM Nutritional Products, Asia Pacific. “Bringing sustainable applications of science to consumers at large is at the heart of our purpose and is truly embedded in our DNA. This recognition today, as we continue to grow our impact in Asia, is particularly welcome.”
In presenting the award, judges highlighted DSM as a purpose-led global science-based company whose business operations yield optimized impact on the environment, community and society.
The company’s commitment to sustainable practice has been acknowledged globally for many years. It has ranked among the global leaders in the materials industry group of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past 14 years and held the number one position in the sector seven times. In 2018, the company was named on Fortune Magazine’s ‘Change the World’ List for the third consecutive year, among 57 companies that induced positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. DSM was also named on Forbes’s list of The World’s Most Sustainable Companies in 2017. In China, DSM was named “2016-2017 Most Respected Companies in China” by The Economic Observer. Earlier this year, DSM was also accorded “Best Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality” at Sustainable Business Awards 2018 in Singapore.
As the leading science-based supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids, DSM is addressing the global challenge of malnutrition by fortifying and supplementing the diets of people in most affected areas, such as Africa, Asia and Latin America.
To promote good nutrition among its employees, DSM serves lunch meals that include fortified rice kernels enhanced with essential micronutrients to its factory workers at its Malaysia Premix Plant. In Singapore, these fortified rice kernels are also distributed by DSM through social enterprise 45RICE, to help address nutritional challenges of migrant workers.
In other activity the company has joined Singapore’s #beatplasticpollution campaign to raise awareness of plastic waste. The company also participated in the Healthy Ageing APAC Summit 2018, with its executives speaking on age-related diseases caused by malnutrition.
“Our activities in the region align with Singapore’s focus on food security and increasingly, the circular economy. Feeding the global population in the future will require sustainable and equitable solutions. We stand ready to play our part,” said Mr. Nuboer.