Working towards our goals

Our strategy & the SDGs

Making sustainability stick

To make the world a brighter place, we need to pull together. Which is why our business strategy is based on the Social Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations - and five in particular.

DSM's five key Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 2: Ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture

We improve nutrition for those that most need it – at the base of the economic pyramid - through fortified foods and micronutrients, delivered through our Nutrition Improvement and Africa Improved Foods initiatives– as well as long-standing partnerships with the World Food Programme and the independent nutrition think-tank, Sight and Life.

SDG 3: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages

Our health, nutrition, biomedical and high-performance materials are boosting health in all age groups - for example, by reducing salt and sugar levels in processed foods; and cutting carbon emissions from chemical manufacturing processes. Our First 1,000 Days Program supports mother and child health. Our DSM Life Saving Rules protect our people from harm; and the DSM Vitality Program promotes their good health.

SDG 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable modern energy for all

At DSM we are making affordable, renewable energy a reality for all through materials technology that boosts solar power; and biofuels made from plants like corn. Our Bright Minds Challenge has nurtured bold renewable energy innovations like new lithium extraction methods ...

SDG 13: Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

.. While inside DSM we continue to advocate responsible action on climate change with our stakeholders and are increasing the use of renewables in our energy mix - and reducing our carbon footprint - in partnership with RE100.

SDG 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns

Thermoplastics used in automotive parts like oil pans and car lighting are reducing weight – and waste. Our Niaga® Technology enables products like carpets to be 100% recyclable. We are taking a big bite out of food waste through products like Pack-Age®- a packaging solution for meat and cheese that extends shelf life. We are creating bio-based chemical building blocks like bio-succinic acid that will enable everything from packaging to footwear to be produced without fossils. Meanwhile, our Brighter Living Solutions are created to minimize waste across the value chain.

Our contribution to remaining SDGs

We also make a positive contribution to the UN’s remaining SDGs (our level of engagement is gauged as * Minor, ** Moderate or *** Major).

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