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The green factor in success

Nutrition corporation DSM strives to minimise its impact on the environment

Pieter Nuboer, president, DSM Nutritional Products, Asia-Pacific.

AS ONE of only three contenders for the category of Top Green Companies in Asia at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES), DSM Nutritional Products Pacific Asia has proven itself to be a corporation that runs its business operations with a minimal negative impact on the environment, community and society.

It undertakes environmentally friendly activities at all facets of the organisation to ensure that its processes, products and production activities adequately address current environmental concerns while maintaining a profit for its shareholders.

This eco-friendly company, registered by Fieke Sijbesma in 1997, produces a vast array of products covering health, nutrition, and materials for various industries for consumers and other businesses. What sets the firm apart from other organisations is its continuous goal to deliver science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions against environmental challenges. Several of its innovative products under DSM Brighter Living Solutions such as recyclable carpets and sustainability-enhancing enzymes are known to be environmentally superior in the market. Only replenishable materials are used to make these items, protecting nature's resource cycles and encouraging circular economies while maintaining the same volume of production.

Obtaining the go-green stamp didn't come through basic implementation of environmental practices in an orthodox business frame. Since its genesis, DSM has had a strong culture of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) among its 20,000 employees. Each product goes through a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to evaluate its environmental and social impact at all production levels and life cycles. Its machinery is powered by renewable energies such as POET-DSM advanced biofuels and high-performance solar panels. Regular sustainability audits according to the guideline of Global Reporting Initiative are conducted regularly. Right from the beginning stages, with resource extraction, until the end where waste management comes in - sustainability and environmental conciousness are being thoroughly implemented.

DSM also contributes as much as possible to provide long-term solutions for global humanitarian problems. Under the UN World Food Programme (WFP), DSM has been developing products for malnourished people in developing nations, creating food solutions together with UN agencies, governments and NGOs. This includes DSM Nutritional Products' MixMe™ vitamin mix sachets and NutriRice® fortified rice kernels that provide nutritional security. The firm's priority for environmental and humanitarian issues that extend to the very core of its business places it as a model for honest corporations satisfying true needs.

With booming success both within the industry and in support of charity, DSM has been recognised globally for both selfless causes as well as successful corporate systems that are closely intertwined. They have been placed on the Climate A list, have topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for five years and received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award. Their highly recognised brand has also caught the attention of many external stakeholders such as RobecoSAM, Fortune Magazine and CDP, who are all the company's current partners.

The company has been named the leader in its industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability Wor ld Index. The company has been recognised among the DJSI leaders for 15 years running and held the number one position in the sector eight times.

Recently, DSM was named in Fortune magazine's "Change the World" List for the third consecutive year. Also, Sustainalytics recognised DSM as the global leader in ESG (environmental, social and governance) within its sector for the second year in a row. DSM ranked number one out of 135 companies. DSM has become a growth company with a strong operational and financial performance, as well as ambitious sustainability efforts creating value for all stakeholders across the three dimensions of People, Planet and Profit.

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