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SDGs & DSM's Strategy

While all the Sustainable Development Goals are important, our capacity to support their individual achievement varies. The following is an initial indication of where we see intersections between the SDGs and our company and business strategy.

The level of DSM's Engagement is gauged as * Minor, ** Moderate or *** Major.

SDG 1: No Poverty

No Poverty**

Our HR policies on (minimum) wages and fair pay. We support smallholdings through Africa Improved Foods (AIF), help improve agricultural learning through our partnership with the UN WFP and participate in economic development programs in developing countries.


SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger***

We improve nutrition via initiatives such as the Nutrition Improvement Program and AIF, and through partnerships such as with the WFP and SUN. We continue to support Sight and Life, the nutrition think-tank.


SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

Good Health & Well-Being***

Our biomedical, health and nutrition portfolio is geared to maintaining, protecting or regenerating health. DSM's Life Saving Rules and Vitality Program support employee's safety and health.


SDG 4: Quality Education

Quality Education*

We support our employees’ personal and professional development through our learning and development programs. We help improve agricultural learning through our partnership with the WFP.


SDG5: Gender Equality

Gender Equality**

DSM's Inclusion & Diversity strategy and aspirations, and our sponsorship of WIN to foster female leadership. Our CEO is signatory to the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles and a board member of Catalyst.


SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

Clean Water & Sanitation*

We identify and take action on areas of water scarcity with waste water efficiency and treatment programs such as at DSM in Pune (India).


SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Affordable & Clean Energy***

We enable energy solutions such as advanced biofuels and materials for solar panels, and support the quest for clean energy externally via our Bright Minds Challenge. We are significantly increasing the use of renewable sources of energy and are members of RE100. See also SDG13 (Climate Action).


SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Decent Work & Economic Growth**

We make a positive contribution to economic growth in the countries and markets in which we operate and strive to decouple growth from resource consumption. We support smallholdings through AIF and participate in economic development programs in developing countries.


SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure**

Bright Science is the key driver behind our sustainable, science-based solutions. Our innovation strategy supports the sustainable development agenda, with clear focus on several SDGs.


SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduced Inequalities**

The DSM Inclusion & Diversity Strategy and aspirations promote the reduction of inequalities. Our Brighter Living Solutions program considers equal opportunities through People LCAs. Through AIF and economic development programs in developing countries we foster inclusive employment in local communities.


SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Sustainable Cities & Communities*

We support cross-sector partnerships and local philanthropic initiatives, such as our work with Global Health Corps.


SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Responsible Consumption & Production***

DSM-Niaga enables the manufacture of 100% recyclable carpets. Food waste can be reduced through solutions such as Pack-Age®. Advanced biofuels and bio-succinic acid replace fossil-fuel based alternatives. Our Brighter Living Solutions program considers the impact of our products throughout the value chain.


SDG 13: Climate Action

Climate Action***

We focus on reducing our own carbon footprint, enabling the low-carbon economy through renewable energy solutions and bio-based chemicals, and advocating climate action through partnerships such as CPLC and WEF and other initiatives. See also SDG7 (Affordable and Clean Energy).


SDG 14: Life Below Water

Life Below Water**

Trevo™ nets support sustainable aquaculture. The Green Ocean partnership has the potential to transform aquaculture feed into more sustainable systems and DSM is a partner of The Ocean Cleanup. More >


SDG 15: Life On Land

Life On Land*

Our Brighter Living Solutions program values the reduction of land use as part of the LCA assessments.


SDG 16: Peace & Justice, Strong Institutions

Peace & Justice, Strong Institutions*

Our Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy and training programs, Human Rights Policy as well as our grievance mechanism ‘DSM Alert’, support ethical business conduct and good corporate governance within DSM.


SDG 17: Partnerships For The Goals

Partnerships For The Goals***

We partner with UN agencies, governments, academia, NGOs and industry peers such as WEF, WBCSD and SUN as well as many other global and local partners to accelerate our contributions to the other 16 SDGs.