ESG ratings & benchmarks

Our priorities and performance

Key ratings and benchmarks

Our belief in sustainability as our core value, key responsibility and important business driver is reflected in the recognition we receive in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) ratings and benchmarks.

The ESG ratings and benchmarks universe is experiencing rapid expansion and fragmentation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reporting that there are over 2,000 individual ESG reporting indicators requested by the approximately 600 ratings and benchmarks.

There are considerable differences in stakeholder focus and approach with some concentrating on management and strategy and others on performance and metrics. It is not possible for us to actively participate in every benchmark and rating so we prioritize our participation in those that are most useful to us and our stakeholders, specifically:

  • Transparency in methodology, enabling us and our stakeholders to understand and interpret the results
  • Relying primarily on public information, ensuring that our stakeholders are all assessing us on the same, equal basis
  • Does not create additional, unnecessary workload, enabling us to focus our efforts on engagement and performance improvement
  • Are commonly completed by our industry peers to enable greater comparability
  • Provides sufficient feedback loops to enable us to make sustainable year-on-year improvements and to provide input on future developments of the index
  • Are recognized by our stakeholders as relevant and fit for purpose

Prioritized benchmarks

DSM believes that convergence towards a single set of ESG indicators is urgently needed and is actively engaging with other companies and organizations towards this end.

DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index)

After careful consideration, in 2019 DSM decided to no longer actively participate in the DJSI assessment process.?Nevertheless, in September 2019?RobecoSAM announced that DSM remains listed among the leaders of the DJSI World Index - for the 16th consecutive year. Naturally we are proud that the publically available information on our sustainability performance is sufficient to remain listed among the leaders of the Index.

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  • Why invest in DSM

    DSM is positioned to drive continued above market organic growth and deliver further improvement in profitability, shareholder return and sustainability as we execute Strategy 2021.

  • External recognition

    We’re always delighted when our efforts to create brighter lives for all are recognized by others.

  • Our strategy & the SDGs

    We’re so convinced of the value of doing well by doing good that our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development (SDG) goals outlined by the United Nations in 2015.

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