Our vision for nutrition

Healthy diets for all within planetary boundaries

Time for action

We now live in a world where 821 million people suffer from hunger, while more than 650 million people are obese. That’s why, at DSM, we’re fully behind healthier diets for all - within planetary boundaries. Everyone deserves the right to eat well and enjoy the benefits that good nutrition brings. Today, we’re working with everyone - from scientists and business partners, to the World Food Programme and Africa Improved Foods - to make this happen and fulfil two of the UN’s most important Sustainable Development Goals: 

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

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages

Enabling healthy diets for all

From protecting good health and providing plant and animal-based proteins, to enabling sustainable farming methods and improving food in Africa, we’re helping to make people and the planet healthier

Tackling malnutrition

Getting better food to undernourished children makes them 33% more likely to escape the vicious cycle of poverty (according to our long-term partner the World Food Programme). There are many statistics on the challenge we face in feeding the world, but this one summarizes the life-changing role that better nutrition can play in giving vulnerable people everywhere a brighter future (especially in the first 1,000 days of life). It’s why we’re focused on using all the great nutritional science at our disposal to end ‘hidden hunger’, a condition of deficiencies in vitamins and minerals that afflicts two billion people worldwide.

Sustainable proteins

DSM wants to support all forms of proteins produced with the highest sustainable standards. Based on expertise in human and animal nutrition, as well as environmental science, we enable and produce sustainable proteins: from plant-based proteins to meat, eggs and fish. For all forms, we are tirelessly working on combating the key challenges such as reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, limiting nitrogen and phosphorous emissions, while keeping the highest nutritional standards and ensuring good livelihoods. 

Taking a bite out of food waste

What can we possibly do to avoid the colossal food waste in our world? At DSM, we’re helping to create more resource-efficient food production, ingenious packaging, antioxidants that keep food nutritious and safe, and better animal nutrition.

Non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, stroke and cancer, are now the leading cause of death around the world. Unbalanced diets are a major factor in the prevalence of NCDs. Indicators that are linked to NCDs include increased blood pressure, a raised Body Mass Index (BMI) and high blood glucose. Balanced nutrition plays a key role in keeping the indicators linked to NCDs, including increased blood pressure, a raised Body Mass Index (BMI) and high blood glucose, at healthy levels .

Advocating

We work with a broad and diverse range of organizations across the world to shape and influence the nutrition agenda aiming to bring affordable, available and aspirational nutritious foods to middle- and low-income segments of society. We do so in different coalitions and partnerships addressing the various forms of malnutrition, as well as shifting the food system to healthy and sustainable production and consumption. This includes our long-standing partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Vision International, Sight and Life, Partners in Food Solutions, Scaling Up Nutrition, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) programme, Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH), aims to drive sustainable and future-proof food systems, advocate the necessary dietary switches to improve peoples’ health within planetary boundaries, and understand and influence consumer behavior. 

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) works to increase the growth and competitiveness of food companies in Africa. These aims are achieved by inspiring business leaders and linking highly skilled corporate volunteers from a consortium of leading companies including DSM, Cargill, General Mills, Hershey, Bühler, Ardent Mills, and J.M. Smucker Company with promising entrepreneurs and other influencers in the food ecosystem. The seven corporate partners have empowered hundreds of entrepreneurs to work toward sustainable and more resilient food value chains across the African continent. In 2020, DSM employees contributed almost 1,300 volunteer hours working with 46 African clients across 11 countries. By sharing expertise, the volunteers were able to assist local entrepreneurs in growing their businesses and supporting a supplier base of more than 85,000 farmers. In total, 57 DSM volunteers supported 59 service offerings to clients, of which 30 clients are owned or managed by women.

The SUN Business Network (SBN) - co-hosted by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and WFP - is the private-sector branch of the SUN Movement. It aims to support businesses in growing the role they play in nutrition and to support SUN countries in developing national business engagement strategies. The SBN is established in 14 countries and supports the development of new networks in 12 countries. These include almost 1,000 companies, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises. We supported several SBN projects focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa. Together with the SBN global team, we built on the impact and energy of the first ever Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) which reframed the dialogue around nutrition and supported the Global Pitch Competition 2020. As an SBN global member, we support the implementation of SBN principles, notably around workforce nutrition commitments; overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases; and the delivery of technical assistance to national SBNs and their members. We advocate for business to take a leading role in these important issues and collaborate with SBN for stronger business accountability on nutrition and for the adoption of SMART nutrition pledges by business (UN Food System Summit, Nutrition for Growth Summit).

As a global leader in nutrition, the Sight and Life Foundation uses science to change the way nutrition is delivered to people who need it most, specifically women and children. With the support of DSM, Sight and Life delivers value to the nutrition community by translating science into effective nutrition programming, building public-private partnerships, and developing viable social business models for affordable and nutritious foods.

In 2020, Sight and Life contributed to delivering nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic in Rwanda, South Africa, and India. The egg hub social business model in Malawi, making eggs available and affordable to low-income households, proved successful and sustainable by producing 3.5 million eggs annually. Sight and Life secured a Grand Challenges India Award to innovate around egg powder, also supported by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in Ethiopia. Moreover, five companies now incorporate the OBAASIMA seal, aiming to create demand for nutritious and affordable food in Ghana. On the topic of workplace nutrition, IMPAct4Nutrition, a public-private platform, was honored with a UNICEF Global INSPIRE Award in ‘Best Multistakeholder Engagement, Sight and Life mentored young entrepreneurs to develop climate-smart nutrition and pandemic-proof innovations through Elevator Pitch Contests. Sight and Life produces many publications on key themes to DSM, including multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS), consumer insights, and take-home rations, sharing science-based evidence and expert knowledge.

The DSM-UNICEF partnership has been in place since 2013. The partnership with UNICEF and Sight and Life supports the Government of Nigeria in realizing its vision of scaling up the micronutrient powder (MNP) program nationally, reaching people suffering from malnutrition. It does that by institutionalizing MNP and leveraging resources for scaling up the MNP programme and laying strong policy foundation for having MNP in strategic national documents. The partnership has contributed to reaching over 2 million children with vital nutrients that have helped save many lives in 17 states of Nigeria. Meanwhile, the partners also collaborate to create an enabling environment for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS), a cost-effective solution to reduce maternal anaemia and the risk of children being born underweight, too small, and too soon. The partnership expanded to India by supporting the UNICEF engagement of private-sector stakeholders as part of the government’s Social Movement on Nutrition program. The collaboration focuses on mobilizing the private sector around nutrition literacy, through the platform Impact4Nutrition (I4N), which was established in March 2019. Within 2 years of operation, the platform, which won an internal UNICEF INSPIRE award, I4N had more than 190 companies on board. Furthermore, this partnership is being expanded to address agri-food business development as one of the Global Breakthroughs identified by Generation Unlimited (GenU), a part of the United Nations Secretary General’s Youth 2030 Strategy. The key objective of this expanded cross-sectoral partnership is to embed a longer-term vision for Sustainable Food Systems (GenU SFS) in Africa and build an environment along the agri-food value chain conducive to thriving, sustainable and inclusive business. The partners will develop a business model to attract young people and prepare them to contribute to sustainable food systems in a way that creates nutrition and food business at scale.

The DSM-WFP Partnership, Improving Nutrition, Improving Lives, is stronger than ever since its inception in 2007, boosting the nutritional value of the food that the WFP distributes to vulnerable people. Today, the partnership programs reach 35 million people annually with improved nutrition. Together, DSM and WFP are working with communities around the world to make good nutrition desirable, accessible and affordable for all. Our joint focus is on scaling fortified rice consumption globally and leveraging consumer behaviour in making healthy nutrition aspirational, as WFP grows Cash & Voucher programs turning beneficiaries into consumers with a freedom of choice. So far, the partners have co-created or improved 10 nutritional products, used globally in WFP operations (like Super Cereal+) and created foundational evidence & studies to show the importance and benefits of nutrition and fortification. Equally importantly, the partnership programs create long-term systemic impact by raising awareness on the importance of nutrition while continuing to develop new scientific and technical solutions. We also work with the WFP on training and development initiatives and employee fundraising campaigns.

DSM and World Vision work together in a nutrition partnership that creates shared value for all stakeholders, including consumers. Our work involves developing ways of getting nutritionally improved foods to the most vulnerable people – through staple food fortification and bold new delivery systems for nutritionally improved food. We develop scalable inclusive business models which increase the availability and consumption of nutritious foods and improve livelihoods. We have projects in Rwanda, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Brazil and Kenya. Our partnership with World Vision and Sight and Life, with the slogan of ‘Joining Forces for Last-Mile Nutrition’, aims to bring prosperity and good nutrition to the most vulnerable communities in the Global South. Leveraging the unique capabilities and know-how of each partner, we design and implement sustainable market-based solutions that bridge the gap between public and private efforts for improving nutrition and fostering local economic development. For example, the partners worked on solutions for maize in Rwanda, eggs in Indonesia and distribution channels in Brazil. Starting as of 2021, also on eggs in Ethiopia, improving antenatal health of women in the Philippines and aflatoxin reduction exploration Kenya.

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