DSM ranks No. 1 on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

DSM ranks No. 1 on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Royal DSM remains a leader in the chemical industry sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, has continued again its No. 1 position in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published on Sept. 8. This is the third consecutive year that DSM has held this top position in worldwide sustainability and the sixth time in total since 2004.  In 2007 and 2008, the two years when DSM wasn’t ranked number one, it was still among the leaders in the sector.

“We are very proud to be listed again as the leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index,” said Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the DSM Managing Board. “This is recognition of our continuous efforts in this field. Sustainability is one of our core values and increasingly one of our key business growth drivers. We continuously strive for sustainable solutions that create value for society, customers, our employees and shareholders.”

DSM uses its unique capabilities in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences to address three key global societal trends: Global Shifts, Climate & Energy and Health & Wellness. The main underlying drivers of these trends are the world’s population growth and increasing life expectancy on the one hand, and increasing economic prosperity in the high growth economies on the other. The three trends are creating new needs for millions of people across the globe. DSM aims to meet these needs by providing innovative and sustainable solutions.

This year, DSM once again took concrete steps to actively reduce not only its own but also its customers’ carbon and ecological footprint with innovative products and processes. In the first half of 2011, 87% of DSM's innovation pipeline was ECO+ solutions1. In addition, DSM announced that it will open a new commercial scale bio-based succinic acid plant in Italy, in cooperation with Roquette, and strengthened its yeast technology leadership for second generation biofuels by acquiring the C5 Yeast Company.

DSM also further built its successful and long-standing collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program and increased its advocacy and implementation activities to fight hidden hunger and malnutrition around the world through a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to collectively work to meet the nutritional challenges presented in the developing world.

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living. ™

Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about € 9 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com


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