Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company, unveiled a series of new quantifiable commitments targeted to address urgent societal and environmental challenges related to how the world produces and consumes food by 2030.

The DSM company is among the first in the consumer ingredient sector to make its societal impact clear-cut through a set of measurable food system commitments. These commitments encompass three areas where the company believes it can make the greatest positive impact together with its business associates: Health for People, Health for Planet and Healthy Livelihoods.

Through investment in its (bio) science-based innovations, extensive collaborations, and advocacy activities, the DSM company intends to assist deliver change to guarantee accessible, affordable, healthy nutrition and healthy livelihoods within planetary boundaries. The company’s new strategic food system commitments by 2030 are to facilitate the micronutrient gap of 800 million vulnerable people to be closed and back the immunity of 500 million people. It is also working to assure double-digit on-farm livestock emission reductions and reach 150 million people with salubrious, sustainable plant-based protein foods. Moreover, it aspires to support the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers across value chains together with partners.

Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEO stated- “The way we produce and consume food as a society contributes to major global challenges, such as climate change, malnutrition and poverty. To solve this we need to collectively rethink our food systems from farm to fork. As a purpose-led global science-based leader in health, nutrition and bioscience, we’ve been?playing our part and applied our resources and expertise to create positive change for instance through our food fortification and feed solutions for on-farm emission reduction. With today’s ambitious commitments we are taking a 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.”

During 2020, the number of people without access to adequate nutrition spiked to 2.4 billion — about a third of the world’s population (UN FAO). Food poverty is also endemic in many of the world’s richest countries, as displayed by the growing use of food banks. It is approximated that 2 billion people suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiency with Covid-19 accentuating the vital role a balanced nutrition plays in assisting the body’s immune function, informed the company.

Here the company asserted it commits to aid in filling the micronutrient gap of 800 million people by 2030 through fortified staple foods and health supplements that deliver a proven and cost-effective procedure of tackling malnutrition; as well as empowering consumers to achieve healthier diets. It is doing this as a team with its cross-sector partners like the World Food Programme, UNICEF, World Vision and Scaling Up Nutrition.


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