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Lessons from DSM’s Winning Sustainability Strategy

The roots of global specialty chemicals company Royal DSM are as a Dutch state-owned coal mining company that started in 1902. The company’s future, however, is far removed from its past. DSM’s Strategy 2021 describes how the company plans to drive above-market growth through developing innovative solutions addressing Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity, together with increased customer-centricity and large innovation projects. In this article, DSM’s approach is decomposed by looking at the elements of its sustainability strategy, and we provide tips how to replicate this.
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Circular Economy in Motion: the Mattress Market

Worldwide, the mattress market is estimated at a sizable €23 billion. In line with global growth of our population, this market has been predicted to further grow with annual 6.5% between 2017 and 2024. With almost 90% of all mattresses produced in the EU containing between 2 and 15 kg of hard-to-recycle polyurethane foam each and increasing pressures from legislation, mattress manufacturers are starting to lose sleep over finding less impactful solutions.
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Paint is Not Transparent

Coating companies seem to underleverage their ESG performance in comparison to their peers from the chemical sector. And with more than a quarter of assets under management across the globe now invested according to ESG principles, listed companies within both sectors are well advised to increase their sustainability performance. What lessons can be learned from comparing to similar but also different sectors in different ESG Benchmarks?
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Igor Allinckx

Europe-based executive with over 20 years of managing experience in the chemical industry.
Alternative Animal Proteins

Will Animal Protein Still Be on the Menu in 2050?

The world population is projected to rise to 9 billion people in 2050. In order to be able to feed the world by then, food production will need to increase intensely. However, this intensification needs to be carefully balanced since environmental impacts are major. The livestock sector in particular is under scrutiny, since it is the world’s largest user of natural resources with 80% of all agricultural land accounts for grazing or animal feed production, and 8% for global water use. With the introduction of different future scenarios to fulfil future protein need such as alternative diets, insects as a protein source and stem cell grown meat, the livestock value chain has to get serious about its sustainability approach.
Moving Away From Plastics

Inspiration and Tools to Transform Plastic Waste into Value

More than 40 years since the introduction of the universal recycling symbol, the worldwide usage of plastic has skyrocketed causing unprecedented environmental impacts on the planet. However since the start of 2018, plastic waste has been very high on the agenda. This was not only seen in the talks in Davos, but also through the increasing number of commitments made by companies such as Lego, Coca-Cola, Evian and Adidas to name a few, to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover the plastic in their supply chain.
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Novozymes: How to Capture More Value from Life-Cycle Analysis

As companies collect more and more non-financial data, it's worth exploring what else can be done with the results of this huge effort. Novozymes shows that companies can turn this burden into a business opportunity by capturing the value that is harnessed in the abundance of data. Using big data techniques, peer comparisons are made and the non-financial data is harvested and combined with market information resulting in clear prospects.
Portfolio Sustainability Assessment

Analysis: Ranking the Stars of Your Product Portfolio

On top of business drivers such as cost savings and top line growth, increased regulations and reporting standards stimulate companies to enhance their sustainability performance. In this line of activities, a new technique has made its way into Strategy and Investor Relations departments as Social Responsible Investment (SRI) principles have been adopted by significant swarms of (private) investors. This requires companies to re-think the sustainability performance of their product portfolios. The recent introduction of the framework for Portfolio Sustainability Assessment by the WBCSD further implies the importance of the emerging phenomenon and provides useful tools for implementation.
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Impact Valuation at LANXESS: A Practitioner Perspective

How does a corporation add value to society? Investors and other stakeholders are more and more requesting companies to value their businesses in a way that incorporates externalities, such as carbon emissions and health effects. Leading specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed an impact valuation model that measures and monetizes the company’s impacts on society. This is how they did it.
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