Earlier this week, CDP − a not-for-profit organization considered to be the ‘gold standard’ of environmental reporting – named DSM a Supplier Engagement Leader for 2020, marking the second year in a row DSM has earned the designation.
“This recognition by CDP confirms our commitment to the CO2REDUCE supplier engagement program and strengthens DSM’s leadership in sustainability,” said Mark Helmsing, Program Director Scope 3 - CO2REDUCE at DSM Sourcing.
The CO2REDUCE program was launched in 2019 to tackle upstream Greenhouse Gas emissions in the supply chain − the largest contributor to our total carbon footprint. Collaboration with key suppliers on emission reduction is essential to futureproof both DSM’s and our suppliers’ business and create brighter products for DSM customers through lower carbon raw materials.
In 2020, well over 50 DSM suppliers were involved in CO2REDUCE. “After instating focused roadmaps in our BGs on the key contributors, we’re now working with suppliers to understand their possibilities and develop emission reduction plans. This already has led to the first reductions compared to the 2016 baseline,” said Mark.
Program priorities for 2021 include even more intense collaboration with key suppliers in the development of new emission reduction plans, while tracking the progress of existing ones. In addition, we will support suppliers through webinars on reduction themes, like renewable electricity and energy efficiency. Previous webinars have been very well received. Lastly, we will work closely with our colleagues in the business to drive value for our customers. A true value chain approach.
“Reducing our carbon footprint and fighting climate change is a team effort across the value chain,” said Mark. “The recognition by CDP extends to all of the suppliers involved in our CO2REDUCE program, with special thanks to the DSM Procurement & Sustainability team and DSM Corporate Sustainability team”.