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.


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.

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 plan to do this by …

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  • Developing and launching new innovative solutions products, such as ampli-D , which is more bioavailable form of vitamin D.
  • We will also expand our commercial immunity campaigns while working closely with influential opinion leaders and academics to drive awareness about the importance of vitamins in boosting immunity.
  • 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.

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.


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:

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.