Brighter Living Solutions

Better for people and planet

Creating multiple benefits

At DSM we want to create brighter lives for all. Hence our Brighter Living Solutions: products and services that deliver high performance while giving additional benefits to our society and environments – through everything from raw materials to manufacturing to transport, end-use and disposal. Today, these Brighter Living Solutions make up 62% of our entire portfolio at DSM (with the goal of 65% by 2020).

Methodology: The measure of success

We apply a product life cycle approach to our Brighter Living Solutions, evaluating their environmental effect across the value chain in everything from raw material extraction, production, manufacturing and transport to their ultimate use, end-of-life and recycling.

We then compare the positive environmental and social impacts we find at each stage of the lifecycle to the main competing solution on the market - applying Comparative Eco and people-based Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs); plus opinion and insight from relevant experts. And if we can’t identify a single mainstream reference solution we will select multiple comparable equivalents.

The thinking behind it

We’ve identified nine societal drivers that guide us in developing Brighter Living Solutions:


Efficient use of waste streams and recycled resources and avoiding scarce materials.

Land use

Higher yield from the same land, plus use of waste streams.


More efficient use of water with less waste, plus fresh water protection.


Greater energy efficiency and application of renewable energy.


Reduced or avoided greenhouse gas emissions, reducing small air particles.

Health condition

Improve end users' health, reduce risk of diseases, promote regenerative health.

Comfort & wellbeing

Improved (perceived) comfort & wellbeing - in taste, odor, touch, vision and sound.

Working conditions

Improved working conditions, health & safety, fair wages and equal opportunities.

Build Communities

Job creation, improved infrastructure and access to education.


From coatings for solar glass to surgical gowns to food supplements and ingredients, we’re creating Brighter Living Solutions that have a measurably better impact on people and our planet…

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