It’s time to step it up

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. It is time to step up our efforts and make explicit our contributions together with partners - and continue delivering on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.  

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.

People

We want to provide good and affordable nutrition that supports people’s health. Today, more than two billion people worldwide are lacking sufficient micronutrients like vitamins and minerals in their diet. At DSM, we’ve worked hand-in-hand for many years with partners like the UN World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and World Vision to close the micronutrient gap by fortifying staple foods like rice and providing public health nutritional supplements to vulnerable populations. Today, we reach several hundred million people each year; but want to do more.

  • Our commitment: Enable closing the micronutrient gaps of 800 million vulnerable people by 2030

How do we get there? For example, by scaling up the reach of fortification of existing food staples like rice and health supplements; working with governments and long-standing partners like the WFP, UNICEF, World Vision and others. We want to raise public awareness, make nutritional products more available and affordable, and reach more vulnerable groups via (fortified) school meals and workforce nutrition programs.

The global pandemic has highlighted the need for good nutrition to protect health and immunity - including vitamins C & D, plus Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

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

How do we get there? We will work closer with governments and other partners to drive awareness of this important link; and ensure sufficient vitamin intake through diets and supplements. We’ll also develop and launch innovative solutions like ampli-D®, which helps boost vitamin D levels in the body in just days and weeks - instead of months.

Planet

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.

We will get there by…

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  • Working closely with best-in-class industry partners, including Fonterra, Valio, Friesland Campina and CP Foods, to develop futureproof thinking, tools, solutions, services and business models.
  • Advancing cutting-edge technologies to help farmers develop cost-effective emission-reduction practices, including solutions for:
    • Dairy – adding to our existing portfolio of feed additive solutions, by scaling up our ground-breaking innovation, Bovaer®. If every dairy cow in California, for example, consumed Bovaer®, the state’s entire GHG emissions would fall by 0.5%.
    • Swine – driving scientific innovation to improve nitrogen management and ammonia reduction, building on DSM’s existing feed enzymes and eubiotics solutions, such as VevoVitall®.
    • Poultry – investing in precision-feed and next-generation feed enzyme solutions.
    • Farm-level emissions – With our intelligent sustainability service, Sustell™, we help farmers gain deeper insight into their environmental footprint and how to take steps towards reducing this.
  • 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. Also, we’re investing in plant-based protein derived from canola (rapeseed) that provide viable meat and dairy alternatives: our Olatein joint venture with Avril is due for commercial launch in 2022.

Livelihoods

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.

Today we source food from around 130,000 smallholder farms. Now we want to quadruple the number of farmers reached by expanding our geographical coverage beyond Rwanda and working closer with stakeholders like governments, feed millers and farmer cooperatives applying new sourcing models that benefit all. 

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, following the guidance of the so-called ‘scorecard’ of the GAIN/CGF Workforce Nutrition alliance.

  • 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.

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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.