DSM announces food system commitments in three areas
The commitments aim to address urgent societal and environmental challenges linked to how the world produces and consumes food by 2030
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Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company, announced a series of new quantifiable commitments aimed to address urgent societal and environmental challenges linked to how the world produces and consumes food by 2030. These commitments cover three areas where the company believes it can make the greatest positive impact together with its business partners: Health for People, Health for Planet and Healthy Livelihoods.
Through investment in its (bio)science-based innovations, extensive partnerships, and advocacy activities, DSM aims to help deliver change to ensure accessible, affordable, healthy nutrition and healthy livelihoods within planetary boundaries.
DSM’s new strategic food system commitments by 2030 are:
- Enable the micronutrient gap of 800 million vulnerable people to be closed
- Support the immunity of 500 million people
- Enable double-digit on-farm livestock emission reductions
- Reach 150 million people with nutritious, sustainable plant-based protein foods
- Support the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers across value chains together with partners
The commitments support the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 12 and 13. DSM is committed to continuing to obtain reasonable assurance on its impact reporting including these new commitments as it plans to report its progress every year in its Integrated Annual Report.
DSM commits to enable double-digit on-farm reduction of livestock emissions by 2030, specifically:
- Enable a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in dairy production
- Enable a 30 per cent reduction in ammonia emissions from swine farming
- Enable a 30 per cent reduction in phosphorus emissions from poultry farming
DSM is helping to improve the incomes of farmers working in its own value chains and through joint venture partners. To achieve this, DSM will be scaling up its innovative social enterprise model Africa Improved Foods (AIF). This Rwanda-based public-private partnership produces nutritious and affordable fortified foods for - and with - local communities.
Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs, commented, “We are taking the next step by making our societal impact explicit and measurable. We look forward to stepping this up, together with our public and private sector partners, to ensure accessible, affordable, healthy nutrition and healthy livelihoods within our planet’s boundaries.”