Safeguarding our people and the planet

Leading by example

Our operations

At DSM we take our responsibilities seriously - whether it’s looking after our 23,000 people, or the planet we all share. 

Our people

Safeguarding, nurturing and developing our increasingly diverse 23,000-strong workforce is a top priority for DSM. In fact, today our employees represent around 100 nationalities (a huge transformation from 2001 when nearly half our people were Dutch).

Safety

At DSM we aim to continue reducing the Frequency Index of Recordable Injuries - which is based on the number of fatalities, lost or restricted workday cases or medical treatment cases per 100 DSM employees and contractors in one year. The goal is to reduce frequency by 50% or more by the year 2020 compared to 2010 (an index score that is less than or equal to 0.25 in 2020, compared to the 0.57 achieved in 2010). In 2018, the Frequency Index of all DSM Recordable Injuries improved from 0.36 to 0.33, with the majority of our sites being injury-free.

Helping with this are our Life Saving Rules; our Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) policy; various ongoing process improvements and competency training; and the day-to-day fostering greater safety awareness.

Health

We also invest heavily in the health of people – through our Vitality@DSM global employee health management program, which addresses the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. So far more than 15,000 DSM people worldwide have benefitted from Vitality@DSM, which in turn helps them benefit society.

Inclusion & Diversity

For a science company like DSM, diversity of backgrounds, experiences, cultures and opinions is essential if we want to achieve our united purpose of creating brighter lives for all. There are many aspects of inclusion & diversity that matter to DSM, including age, nationality, culture, ethnic background, gender and religion (to name but a few).

Our Environmental Footprint

Responsibility for our operations covers some 200 DSM sites and offices in nearly 50 countries (and even extends to our suppliers, customers and end-users - for example through our Brighter Living Solutions).

DSM is committed to being transparent about its sustainability performance. The company has set ambitious sustainability aspirations company-wide. Our new target, announced in 2018, is a 30% absolute reduction of our scope 1 + 2 emissions by 2030 versus our 2016 baseline. This is below a 2°C pathway.

We will achieve this target through a wide-ranging number of actions across all our operations, including:

  • renewable electricity: 50% of purchased electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2025, increasing to 75% by 2030
  • energy efficiency improvement: an average year-on-year improvement of at least 1% until 2030.

DSM’s progress towards other environmental footprint reductions targets is published in the company’s Annual Report.

Key environmental indicators 2018

The table below shows DSM’s footprint for key environmental indicators in 2018.

Divestments are reported to the last full year with DSM. Acquisitions are reported at the latest in the year following the first full year after acquisition, due to the required alignment of reporting processes and systems.

(x million tons) 2018 2017
Total CO2e emissions (Scope 1 and 2) - Market based 1.23 1.50
Total Scope 1 CO2e emission 0.76 1.03
 - Direct fuels Scope-1 CO2e emissions 0.73 0.99
 - Non-fuel Scope 1 CO2e emissions 0.03 0.04
Total Scope 2 CO2e emissions 0.47 0.47
(in TJ) 2018 2017
Total (net) primary energy consumed 20,800 23,400
Total electricity purchased 3,910 3,870
 - Purchased non-renewable electricity 2,300 3,040
 - Purchased renewable electricity 1,610 825
Total electricity self-generated 1,600 1,910
 - Non-renewable electricity self-generated 1,590 1,900
 - Renewable electricity self-generated 15 12
 - Non-renewable electricity, exported 546 673
 - Renewable electricity, exported 0 1
Non-renewable fuel consumption 11,900 14,800
 - Coal consumed 1,080 3,780
 - Diesel/gas oil consumed 255 190
 - Natural gas consumed 9,770 9,980
 - Other non-renewable fuel consumed 798 805
Renewable fuel consumption 285 294
 - Biogas consumed 128 118
 - Biomass consumed 0 0
 - Other renewable fuel consumed 157 176
Total heat purchased 2,570 1,630
 - Non-renewable heat, purchased 2,540 1,630
 - Renewable heat, purchased 28 0
Total heat self-generated 7,480 8,970
 - Non-renewable heat self-generated 7,280 8,740
 - Renewable heat self-generated 208 225
Total heat exported 715 769
 - Non-renewable heat exported 662 722
 - Renewable heat exported 52 46
(in tons) 2018 2017
Recycled waste (%) 83% 85%
Total process related non-hazardous waste 110,000 123,000
 - (Land)Farming 60 610
 - Landfill 17,900 15,800
 - Off-site incineration with heat recovery 7,660 6,390
 - Off-site incineration without heat recovery 3,190 5,210
 - Off-site recovery 80,700 95,400
Total process related hazardous waste 81,800 66,500
 - Landfill 2,830 2,600
 - Off-site incineration with heat recovery 24,700 19,600
 - Off-site incineration without heat recovery 8,980 3,910
 - Off-site recovery 45,300 40,400
Non-process related waste 26,900 8,420
 - (Land)Farming 40 10
 - Landfill 5,940 1,890
 - Off-site incineration 200 980
 - Off-site recovery 20,700 5,540
(x 1000 m3) 2018 2017
Total Water Use  114,000 114,000
Total Water Consumption 22,100 23,400
 - Ground water consumption 7,290 7,390
 - Potable (tap) water consumption 9,940 11,100
 - Surface water consumption 4,850 4,960
COD (x 1000 tons) 2,240 2,680
(in tons) 2018 2017
VOC 4,880 6,680
SO2 90 270
NOX 510 750
Number of non-monetary sanctions 6 4
Total monetary value of fines (€) 23,500 128,000

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