Financial & reporting policies
As a basis for and contribution to effective risk management and to ensure that the company is able to pursue its strategies, even during periods of economic downturn, DSM aims to retain a strong balance sheet and limit its financial risks.
Find out about how we report about DSM and learn more about how we implement the principles of the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and align with the International Integrated Reporting Council’s <IR> Framework.
Key business figures at a glance
DSM's activities are grouped in three clusters: Nutrition, Materials and Innovation Center. We report separately on Corporate Activities. Results presented in this section (and elsewhere in this Report) relate to consolidated activities only (therefore non-consolidated partnerships are excluded).
The sustainability statements provide an overview of the key KPIs relating to People and Planet at DSM. DSM bases its sustainability reporting on best practice standards and international guidelines. Most important are the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). For this report, the company used the GRI Standards. A detailed overview of how DSM reports according to the GRI Standards comprehensive indicators, including a reference to relevant sections in this report, is provided here. DSM aligns with the recommendations of the International Integrated Reporting Council <IR> Framework where possible.
Summary of significant accounting policies
DSM's consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and the provisions of section 362-8 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. The accounting policies applied by DSM comply with IFRS and the pronouncements of the International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee (IFRIC) effective at 31 December 2017.
The consolidated financial statements comprise the financial statements of Royal DSM and its subsidiaries (together ‘DSM’ or ‘group’).
The parent company financial statements are the financial statements of Koninklijke DSM N.V., which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the Netherlands.
DSM figures: five-year summary
This summary gives an overview of DSM’s balance sheet, income statement, key figures and ratios and information about ordinary DSM shares over the last five years.