DSM Integrated Annual Report 2020

Enabling programs for accelerated growth

Our enabling programs will underpin and facilitate our ambitions by focusing on key areas such as a performance-driven organization, leadership and people, culture, powered by digital and sustainability leadership across DSM.

Organization, leadership and people, and culture

We continue to develop our organization, leadership and people, and culture to enable continued performance. The extraordinary circumstances of 2020 — new leadership at the top; a pandemic disrupting our views about work, workplace and workforce; and a continued company transformation — called for a new People & Organization (P&O) strategy, The new P&O strategy is both a continuation and an evolution of our current strategy, with a focus on ‘Creating a Flotilla Organization’, ‘Empowering Our Employees’, ‘Creating a Contemporary Workplace’, and ‘Resetting the Context for Leadership’ — all anchored in our DSM Culture Compass.

Powered by digital

The 5 key digital shifts taking place in the world around us are leveraged and scaled across our organization to solidify and optimize our core business but also to create new value streams:

  • Building the right partnerships and ecosystems at scale to go beyond current business models; for example, personalized nutrition
  • Using data and insights at scale in all functional domains to enlighten decision-making and boost top and bottom line
  • Intensifying automation, eliminating all routine tasks, thus allowing the simplification of operating models and the acceleration of key processes
  • Becoming truly agile, moving from a traditional waterfall organization to cross-functional teams empowered to take integrated decisions and operating in an iterative and adaptative manner
  • Preparing for a future workforce that is fully digitally oriented and possesses advanced digital skills

Sustainability leadership

Sustainability is not only our core value and a key responsibility, it is increasingly an important business growth driver at DSM that is fully embedded in our strategy. By improving the impact of our own operations, enabling sustainable solutions for our customers and advocating sustainable business, we make a positive contribution toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For more details on our initiatives and progress, see People and Planet and Our approach to the Sustainable Development Goals.