DSM Integrated Annual Report 2020

Planet at a glance


absolute reduction of scope 1 + 2 greenhouse gas emissions

versus baseline 2016


structural improvement of scope 1 + 2 greenhouse gas emissions

versus baseline 2016


scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions intensity improvement

versus baseline 2016


purchased electricity from renewable resources


energy efficiency improvement



water efficiency improvement


1 All data presented in Planet are subject to the non-financial reporting policy.

Acting on our responsibilities in terms of environmental stewardship

We take our global environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. These extend beyond our own operations to include those of our suppliers, customers and end-users. We fulfill our environmental responsibilities through our portfolio of Brighter Living Solutions, our Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) policy, and our position on issues such as product stewardship and biodiversity. We focus on:

  • Improving our own environmental footprint
  • Enabling our customers to do the same through innovative solutions
  • Advocating on our key environmental topics

Our operational footprint and approach to reporting

Our operations network spans more than 110 commercial production facilities in 40 countries. Our operational approach is led by the DSM Responsible Care Plan, described below, and supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), among others.

We report our environmental performance according to the relevant material topics

Our Planet reporting addresses our performance on several material topics identified in our Materiality matrix refresh:

  1. Climate & Energy
  2. Resources & Circularity
  3. Water security
  4. Nature & biodiversity
  5. Product stewardship

1 All data presented in Planet are subject to the non-financial reporting policy.

Brighter Living Solutions

Brighter Living Solutions (BLS) is DSM’s program for the development of sustainable, innovative solutions with environmental and/or social benefits, creating shared value for our stakeholders. Brighter Living Solutions are products, services and technologies that, considered over their life cycle, offer a superior environmental impact (ECO+) and/or a superior social impact (People+) when compared to the mainstream alternative for the same application. The impact of Brighter Living Solutions can be realized at any stage of the product life cycle, from raw materials through the manufacturing process to potential re-use and end-of-life disposal.

Within the program, DSM conducts an annual ‘Product Category Sustainability Review’ for all product categories. This review identifies environmental and social impact differentiators and risks for each of our product categories and confirms the mainstream reference solution. To substantiate the identified differentiators DSM uses comparative Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and/or expert opinions to determine whether a product has a superior performance and can be identified as a Brighter Living Solution.


Primary energy is energy that has not yet been subjected to a human engineered conversion process. It is the energy contained in unprocessed fuels.

Final (consumed) energy is the energy that is consumed by end-users. The difference between primary energy and final consumed energy is caused by the conversion process between the two as well as any transmission losses.

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)

Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions
Direct GHG emissions occur from sources that are owned or controlled by the company (i.e., emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, furnaces, vehicles, etc.).

Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions
Indirect GHG emissions relate to the generation of purchased energy (i.e., electricity, heat or cooling) consumed by the company. Purchased energy is defined as energy that is purchased or otherwise brought into the organizational boundary of the company. Scope 2 emissions physically occur at the facility where the energy is generated.

Scope 3: Value chain emissions
Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

Location-based emissions
Reflects the average GHG emissions intensity of grids on which electricity consumption occurs (using mostly national grid-average emission factor data). Corresponding emission factor: in most cases, the country emission factor.

Market-based emissions
Reflects GHG emissions from electricity supplies that companies have purposely chosen (or their lack of choice) and contracted. Corresponding emission factors:

  • Supplier specific emission factor (provided by the supplier)
  • Residual emission factor (country-based grid factor, corrected for allocated purchased electricity from renewable resources)
Sustainable Development Goal
Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)
DSM’s policy is to maintain business activities and produce products that do not adversely affect safety or health, and that fit with the concept of sustainable development. The company does this by setting the following objectives: to provide an injury-free and incident-free workplace; to prevent all work-related disabilities or health problems; to control and minimize the risks associated with DSM’s products for their whole life cycle and to choose production processes and products such that the use of raw materials and energy is minimized; to evaluate and improve DSM’s practices, processes and products continuously in order to make them safe and acceptable to its employees, the customers, the public and the environment.