Stepping up food system transformation

Done right, the way that we grow, produce and eat food - ‘sustainable food systems’ - not only benefit our own health, but also our planet. 

So, how to feed the world with nutritious and healthy food without putting more pressure on the planet and failing to protect the people who produce it? Here at DSM, we’ve been striving to address these challenges for many years. Our Food System Commitments articulate how we work with our partners to deliver on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all- to improve the health of people, the health of the planet, and the livelihood of people invovled in producing our food.

So, what’s our plan?

We envisage a world in 2050 where everyone has access to good nutrition from Kigali to Kansas; where agriculture and food production leaves no environmental footprint; where food loss and waste does not exist anymore; and where farmers and their communities don’t just survive but thrive.

  • Building on our scientific strengths and innovation power we are now making firm commitments to improve planet, people and livelihoods by 2030.
  • We see an enjoyable, healthy, just and sustainable world before us. And we will be working closer with a growing ecosystem of partners to make it happen - from academia and thinktanks, to governments, NGOs, our value chain, commercial peers and the public - to advocate for healthier, fairer and more sustainable ways of producing food.

We are proud to show our progress in 2022 

Health for People

642 million

Help close the micronutrient gap of 800 million vulnerable people by 2030 

321 million

Support the immunity of half a billion people by 2030

Health for Planet

20.5% Dairy

20% Swine

6.8% Poultry

Enable double-digit on-farm livestock emission reduction by 2030

62 million

                                                   Reach 150 million people with nutritious, delicious, sustainably produced plant-based foods by 2030

Healthy Livelihoods

>60,000 smallholder farmers

Support the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers by 2030


At DSM, we’re working to provide good, affordable nutrition that supports health and wellbeing. Worldwide, more than two billion people lack essential micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals in their diets. It is particularly important that mothers and their children avoid these deficiencies.

Hear from Jessica and her daughter Bianca in Indonesia.

We’ve been working hand-in-hand with local and international partners for many years to raise awareness of malnutrition and its consequences. We’ve also developed innovative solutions to close the global micronutrient gap by fortifying staple foods such as rice and making health nutritional supplements available and affordable to vulnerable populations. Our initiatives are helping several hundred million people each year, but now we want to go further.

Our commitment: help close the micronutrient gap of 800 million vulnerable people by 2030

We will get there by…

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  • Scaling up fortified staples and public health supplements, through school feeding and workforce nutrition programs, together with our long-standing partners: the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and World Vision and others. 
  • Introducing innovative solutions and business models for widescale staple food fortification, as well as other nourishing foods and supplementation.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of nutrition in key regions: we will continue working with local food value chains across the global south to help make fortified rice and other nutritious food options more available and affordable to vulnerable communities, and especially mothers and their children.
  • Unlocking the unique potential of food fortification through public-private partnerships providing high-quality fortified foods, staples and supplementation at scale. Working with governments and NGOs, we will also strengthen awareness of food fortification and supplementation, and advocate for stronger quality assurance and standardized legislation in selected regions.
  • In 2022, we provided nutritional solutions to 642 million vulnerable people, many of whom are mothers and children with especial nutritional needs. These nutritional solutions currently entail the market output of a selection of our nutrition portfolio such as fortification for staple foods, public health supplements and emergency foods, with the reach measured by means of the use of standard formulations and dosage regimes. In 2022, we have made our solutions more widely accessible, working together with our partners including the World Food Program, UNICEF and World Vision

Around the world, more than 3 billion people suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiency. At the same time, the same number of adults are either overweight or obese.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of good nutrition in supporting health and wellbeing. Hear from our DSM colleagues Mabel and Cristiani about their personal experiences.

As the market leader in vitamins rooted in nutrition science, at DSM we’re stepping up on our ambition to provide essential vitamins and minerals to consumers through high-performance dietary supplements.

Our commitment: Supporting the immunity of half a billion people by 2030

Micronutrients, such as vitamins D and C, but also omega-3, and probiotics, are essential for a well-functioning immune system and play a vital role in promoting health and nutritional wellbeing. By 2030, we aim to support the immunity of half a billion people globally.

We do this by …

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  • In 2022, our products helped support the immune systems of 321 million people. We measure this figure via our sales of vitamin C and D solutions into multivitamin and straight supplements. The inclusion rate of vitamins is based on the composition of consumer products, and the annual use of supplements by consumers is based on market research. 
  • This year, we further promoted the role of micronutrients for a well-functioning immune system and the vital role of health and well-being. We provided support to an article in the journal Vaccines titled “Micronutrients to Support Vaccine Immunogenicity and Efficacy”, as well as a global ‘Immunity Report 2.0’ campaign that focused on key consumer-immunity trends and solutions to support customers.
  • Collaborating further with business partners, governments and others to on implementing effective programs for voluntary supplement intakes of vitamin D and other vitamins, to support preventative health and immunity in local communities.


Animal-based proteins are highly nutritious and fundamental to a healthy, balanced diet. However, animal farming and food production impact our climate and the natural world. 

Food production and consumption account for more than a quarter of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (IPCC report 2019). Meanwhile, we are moving further beyond the limits of what our planet can provide in terms of land and resources (Steffen et al., 2018).

We need to rethink how we produce and consume food as a society. See how Ruud van Dijck, a livestock farmer, sees the opportunities and challenges facing the animal protein value chain.

At DSM, we want to make animal farming more sustainable, to enable better food, nutrition and health for all within planetary boundaries. With our feed solutions, we aim to help the livestock sector change from within and produce sustainable and nutritious foods that put less pressure on our planet. 

Our commitment: to enable double-digit on-farm livestock emission reduction by 2030, by providing services and nutritional solutions for ruminants, swine and poultry.

For this we are

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  • We deliver solutions that enable our animal protein farmer customers in various animal protein value chains to achieve emission reduction. In 2022, we enabled:

         o 20.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in dairy production (target: 20% in 2030)

         o 20.0% reduction in ammonia emissions from swine farming (target: 30% in 2030)

         o 6.8% reduction in phosphorus emissions from poultry farming (target: 30% in 2030 

  • The percentage of emission reduction potential per kg of animal protein product is calculated on the verified lifecycle-assessment-based reduction performance of the feed additive solutions on the market. 
  • In 2022, we further invested in cutting edge technologies such as Bovaer®, our methane inhibitor solution for ruminants. Bovaer® achieved EU approval in February 2022, and we began construction to scale up production of Bovaer® with the official groundbreaking ceremony in November at our location in Dalry (Scotland). For swine we are further investing in technologies such as feed enzymes and eubiotics, including VevoVitall® and Digestarom®

Our commitment: Reaching 150 million people with nutritious, delicious, sustainably produced plant-based foods by 2030

How do we get there? For instance, our Delvo®Plant family of enzymes delivers a better taste, texture and mouthfeel in plant-based drinks. 

In 2022, we reached 62 million people with solutions for nutritious, delicious, sustainably produced plant-based protein foods such as meat, dairy and fish alternatives. This number of people's lives reached has been calculated based on market output and known recipes and market consumption data for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. In December, we launched the Vertis plant proteins portfolio of solutions, starting with our plant based protein derived from canola (rapeseed) which will enable us to expand our impact and further develop our collaboration with key customers in the meat and dairy foods segments.


We need to ensure that the farmers who produce our food can do so sustainably while actually benefitting from new farming practices. This can be achieved by rewarding farmers for applying the most sustainable methods; helping them grow healthy food; supporting them in securing a steady income; and all supported by training to help make it happen.

  • Our commitment: Supporting the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers by 2030

How do we get there? We will be scaling up Africa Improved Foods (AIF), our Joint Venture in Rwanda with local authorities and development agencies which aims to provide healthy food for local populations and a better, steadier income for smallholder farmers through local sourcing.

See the steps we’re taking with our partners like World Vision to realize our commitment in this movie:

In 2022, through our Africa Improved Foods (AIF) joint venture, and working together with our partners, we reach at least 60,000 smallholder farmers in Rwanda and Sub-Saharan Africa. AIF engages with small holder farmers directly, and via traders and farming cooperatives, as well as by working with our partners including World Vision to maintain and improve farmer livelihoods. We are also developing new business activities in greater Africa, Latin America and South East Asia where farmer engagement, training and improved livelihoods are core to the business model. We will assess the impact of these activities as they mature.T

Other commitments

  • Our commitment: Good workforce nutrition for all employees

As a company focused on supporting good health through nutrition, we ensure access to good nutritional information and increased access to healthy nutrition for all our employees inspired by ‘scorecard’ of the GAIN/CGF Workforce Nutrition alliance. In 2022 we launched our internal ‘Let’s Chat Nutrition’ program, with 3 global webinars reaching DSM employees globally, creating further awareness of what a healthy diet involves, how to make healthy choices and how nutrition needs change throughout the lifespan. In 2022, we provided access to food via canteens as well as food in vending machines for 69% of our workforce. 

  • Our commitment: Deforestation-free primary supply chains

We commit to be deforestation-free in our primary supply chains by 2030 at the latest. This target covers the Tier 1 supply chain for our deforestation-risk crops: palm-derivative products, sugarcane, and direct soy and corn products. In 2022, 67% of our relevant sourced volume was assessed as deforestation-free. This relates to our Tier 1 supply chain for our deforestation-risk crops: palm-derivative products, sugarcane, and direct soy and corn products. We assess ‘deforestation-free’ through certification schemes such as RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and Bonsucro, making the next steps toward deforestation-free primary supply chains.

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  • Animal feed

    Animal feed

    We enable our customers to produce sustainable and healthy animal proteins through the most comprehensive portfolio of science-based animal nutrition solutions.

  • Plant-based alternative protein products

    Plant-based alternative protein products

    DSM offers an integrated portfolio of solutions for great taste, texture, and improved nutrition for plant-based alternative protein products. Nutritious, delicious, and sustainably produced.