DSM Integrated Annual Report 2021

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 in water-stressed sites

versus 2020

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

We take our global environmental 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

At the end of 2021, our operations network spanned more than 100 commercial production facilities in 41 countries. Our operational approach is guided 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). Our Planet reporting addresses our performance on several material topics identified in our Materiality matrix:

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.

More information and definitions can be found on the company website.

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.