DSM Integrated Annual Report 2022

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 Brighter Living Solutions Plus (BLS+) portfolio, 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, as well as the value chains we operate in
  • Enabling our customers to do the same through innovative products and solutions
  • Advocating action on key environmental topics

At the end of 2022, our operations network spanned more than 110 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 Plus

Brighter Living Solutions Plus (BLS+) is DSM’s program for the development of sustainable, innovative solutions with environmental and/or social benefits, creating shared value for our stakeholders. BLS+ are products, services and technologies that, considered over their life cycle, offer a benefit recognized by key stakeholders, underpinned with substantiating evidence, whilst having no urgent negative signals. Three performance levels are defined, where the product is:

  • ‘Outperforming’ its peers within the market
  • ‘Performing’ within the market
  • ‘In Transition’, to identify products that either do not meet the DSM minimum requirements, or where an urgent negative signal has been identified

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


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.

Sustainable Development Goal