Transforming food systems

For healthier people, planet & livelihoods

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.  

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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 World Food Program, 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 to close 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 World Food Programme, UNICEF, Worldvision 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 form a key part of a balanced, healthy diet. However, animal-sourced food production and agriculture is impacting nature and our climate.

We intend to make animal farming more sustainable to enable better food, nutrition and health for all, within planetary boundaries. Our feed solutions play a key role in changing the livestock sector from within; for example by producing sustainable and nutritious new foods that put less pressure on our planet. We can help, for example, take a big chunk out of farm emissions by changing the feed that animals like cows eat every day.

  • Our commitment: to enable a double-digit reduction of farm livestock emissions together with our customers by 2030

How do we get there? For example, through our breakthrough innovation Bovaer®. Just a quarter teaspoon of our feed additive Bovaer® per cow per day suppresses the enzyme that triggers methane production in a cow’s rumen and consistently reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30%. Our feed solutions for swine and poultry are helping to reduce harmful ammonia emissions and phosphorous respectively; and our intelligent sustainability service, Sustell®, supports with ‘on-farm’, real-time environmental impact data that can help customers make substantiated environmental impact statements.

We’re also stepping up our solutions for sustainably produced plant-based foods and beverages that provide a genuine, tasty and nutritious alternative to meat, fish and dairy.

  • 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

    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

    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.