DSM is a globally active science-based company, with business activities across three segments; Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. Within Nutrition, DSM provides specialty ingredient solutions to sectors including food and beverage, nutrition, animal feed and personal care, with a portfolio of ingredients that includes vitamins, minerals, biotics, enzymes and yeasts, among others. Founded in the Dutch province of Limburg in 1902 as a mining company, DSM has since expanded significantly, with recent acquisitions including Matek and Fortitech in human nutrition and Tortuga in animal nutrition.

Baseline assessment


Started the journey


Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey


DSM publicly discloses some commitments across the dimensions but has room to improve in all three. In the environment dimension, DSM has a target to reduce its GHG emissions, including in its supply chain, by 2030 as well as a long-term target to reach net-zero carbon before 2050. In terms of reducing food loss and waste, the company aims to contribute to reducing the world’s USD 940 billion annual food waste bill. While DSM reports on products and applications for sustainably managing plastics and food packaging, it lacks clear related commitments. In the nutrition dimension, DSM has commitments to reduce sugar in food and beverages and develop plant-based protein alternatives to meat, eggs and fish. It also aims to provide up to 50 million mothers around the world with vitamins by 2030. However, it lacks a commitment to workplace nutrition. In terms of social inclusion, DSM has a policy on eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain. It is also committed to paying a living wage to workers in its supply chain. However, it does not disclose information on improving farmers’ access to markets, using fair trade terms or respecting the land rights of small producers.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
EUR 6,028,000,000
(USD 6,748,194,000)
Major subsidiaries
Glycom, Martek Biosciences Corporation, Fortitech
Consumer brands
EverSweet, Nu-Shakti, Akulon,

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.