Heerlen, NL, 13 Sep 2012 12:15 CEST
Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, is again amongst the leaders in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published today. Since 2004 DSM ranked three times amongst the very top leaders in the sector and has held the worldwide sustainability leader position in the chemicals sector six times.
Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: “We are very proud to once again be amongst the leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Sustainability is not only about compliance or corporate social responsibility. It has become a business driver based on our core values. Throughout DSM sustainability is integrated in how we do business. Our products and solutions positively contribute to the world’s current and future challenges.”
The share of ECO+ products in DSM’s running business portfolio increased to 42% in the first half of 2012 compared to 39% the same period a year before. This is in line with DSM’s efforts to expand ECO+ products in its portfolio and demonstrates that ECO+ products are increasingly well received by customers. DSM’s products enable customers to produce lighter cars, more efficient solar panels and more environmentally friendly paints.
As the leading producer of nutritional ingredients, including vitamins and micronutrients, DSM provides nutrition solutions to close vitamin intake gaps, improve lives and lower health care costs. DSM has become a leader in healthy nutritional ingredients, such as nutritional lipids like DHA/Omega-3 fatty acids. There is substantial scientific evidence that nutritional lipids provide significant health benefits and support brain, eye, and cardiovascular health throughout life.
With POET DSM has established a joint venture for cellulosic bioethanol, which will use corn crop residues. DSM will be one of the first leaders moving into this field of advanced biofuels. In Biomedical, DSM has built strong positions in bio-passive, bio-active and bio-interactive materials, addressing the fact that life expectancy continues to increase and people want to remain physically active.
DSM also further built its global Public Private Partnerships, such as the long standing collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme to fight malnutrition and several initiatives to combat climate change.