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Reporting period

The Sustainability section includes information from the combined entity for 12 months (DSM and Firmenich are reported as of 1 January 2023). The sustainability data in this Report cover all entities that belong to the scope of the Consolidated financial statements. If this is not the case this is mentioned specifically. As this is the first year of reporting for dsm-firmenich, no comparative data is available for 2022. For more information, see Sustainability statements.

Material topic explanations


Animal welfare

Having practices and rules in place for the consistent care, welfare, treatment and testing of research animals. This topic also covers enhancing lifetime animal performance and general animal welfare by producing high quality food for them.

Biodiversity & nature

Sustainably managing and minimizing dsm-firmenich’s impact on ecosystems and biodiversity, which includes activities such as resource use, land cultivation, deforestation and food supply chains. This topic focuses on preserving and restoring natural diversity and ecosystems in land, water and marine environments. This is essential to ensure business sustainability, particularly in perfumery, which relies on natural ingredients. Dsm-firmenich must assess and address biodiversity risks and impacts to ensure its long-term success.

Climate change adaptation

The management of physical risks associated with climate change by building an adaptive business model and capacities as well as having resilience plans in place.

Climate change mitigation

Reducing the impact on climate change by reducing pollutants, especially the greenhouse gas emissions generated directly and indirectly (Scopes 1-3) through, i.e., purchased materials, agricultural activities, transportation, energy consumption (efficiency and use of renewable energy) or travel. Setting ambitious emission reduction targets, developing a robust decarbonization program, supporting to reduce emissions along the value chain and implementing other mitigation activities additionally ensure environmental compliance and overall emission reductions to move towards net zero.

Regenerative agriculture

Addressing the issues of agricultural expansion and unsustainable farming practices by adopting sustainable and regenerative methods to cope with growing land and water scarcity and decreasing soil health in agricultural systems (i.e., more sustainable animal protein production).

Renewable raw materials

Trading off social and environmental impacts against costs is becoming more important with a strong focus on moving away from scarce raw materials to renewable, available and accessible ones.

Waste and plastics management

Minimizing waste production, designing out waste and plastics (especially single-use plastics), increasing waste reuse and recycling and managing the lifecycle impacts of dsm-firmenich’s products, including hazardous and non-hazardous waste, effluents and pollution generated by the company’s operations and manufacturing processes. Integrating circularity and next-life use principles into all aspects of business strategy from raw material/ingredient procurement, packaging and product design to go-to-market, after-sales service and end-of-life treatments to maximize and maintain the value of dsm-firmenich’s products for as long as possible.

Water management

Limiting withdrawal, consumption, use, waste-water generation and discharges in dsm-firmenich’s own operations and developing solutions to support their value chain partners in water stewardship. This topic refers to reducing the reliance on water resources and minimizing impacts of operations on water, which may be influenced by regional differences in the availability and quality of and competition for water resources (i.e., areas of high water stress).


Diversity, equity & inclusion

Promoting the values of diversity, equity and inclusion within dsm-firmenich and beyond by guaranteeing equal treatment, equal pay for equal work and equal opportunities to all employees, indifferent of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities or other personal traits. It is about building a workplace free from any form of discrimination, harassment or violence that ensures fair and transparent hiring and promotion practices and respectful interactions between employees.

Employee well-being

Fostering and contributing to employee health and well-being at work and beyond, including physical, mental, social, financial and purpose-related aspects (i.e., fulfilment). This also includes treating all employees equally, especially with regards to living wage, and respecting employee rights, conducting empowerment and engagement activities and ensuring work-life balance.

Health, nutrition, taste, and food security

Contributing to nutrient sufficiency as well as the health and well-being of end-consumers and society as a whole by providing access to ingredients used in health-promoting beauty and wellness products as well as nutrient-dense, tasty foods. This topic also entails deploying methods and tools to conserve scarce land and water resources to ensure long-term food security. Moreover, it refers to preventing food loss and waste, through bio-protection and a focus on extending shelf life.

Occupational health & safety

Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment that is free of injuries, fatalities, and illness (both chronic and acute). Measures to achieve this are having safety management plans in place, developing training requirements for employees and contractors, and conducting regular audits of own operations.

Partnerships and relationship management

This topic refers to a variety of stakeholders and how to engage with them, i.e., by ensuring transparent cooperation with partners and parties within the value chain, minimizing negative impacts on local communities and protecting their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, or addressing changes in consumer behavior, educating consumers in making the right diet choices and elevating the customer and consumer experience. 

Respect of human rights

Ensuring that human rights and universal workers' rights are respected in dsm-firmenich's own operations and across its value chain, i.e., through the abolishment of human trafficking, forced or child labor and modern slavery, while guaranteeing the freedom of association, right to collective bargaining and a fair salary, among others. This is achieved by implementing strong due diligence and risk assessment processes, as well as mitigation and remediation measures where needed. 

Talent attraction, development & retention

dsm-firmenich sees people as differentiators, therefore talent attraction, development, engagement and retention are key success factors. The topic includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, career path offerings, performance and compensation management and skills and competency development. It additionally refers to strengthening employer as well as brand attractiveness through competitive wages, fringe benefits, attractive working conditions and initiatives that foster employee engagement and human capital development.


Corporate governance, business ethics & transparency

Having clearly defined (sustainability) governance structures in place that ensure oversight through the Board of Directors and adequate execution at operational level. Establishing good business conduct and integrity through the highest professional and ethical standards and complying with international standards to fight anti-competitive practices, i.e., fraud, corruption and bribery. It is also about acting with integrity and being transparent in all company-related activities, including reporting, non-misleading sales and marketing practices and transparent tax management. 

Cybersecurity & information security

Guaranteeing that the rights to data privacy as well as the protection of the data of individuals, companies and other entities are safeguarded and access to IT systems, networks and data is assured at all times. Robust processes and systems as well as strict data handling and security practices are needed to prevent IT system failures and major information security/cybersecurity incidents, among others. 

Innovation, digital & technology

Promoting innovation at dsm-firmenich and along the value chain to reduce the environmental footprint of products, increase climate resilience, optimize the use of inputs (i.e., towards more sustainable agricultural practices), contribute to sustainable and healthy solutions, improve organizational efficiency as well as enhance customer satisfaction while incorporating new technologies in an ethical and constructive manner. This topic also includes benefitting from digital tools and Artificial Intelligence to advance own operations, business models and activities across the value chain by strengthening (internal) scientific capabilities, managing innovation effectively, and promoting eco-friendly innovation. 

Product quality, safety & impact 

Guaranteeing the highest product quality, safety, including ingredient disclosure and certification standards. This involves controlling and minimizing all possible safety risks and adverse effects on customers, consumers, animal health, the environment and society as a whole. In detail, it involves liability, product testing, data transparency, customer support and market withdrawals. Principles of responsible and sustainable product stewardship and governance, sustainable portfolio steering, and responsible value creation can create positive impacts and competitive advantages. 

Responsible & transparent sourcing

Minimizing exposure to sustainability-related risks in the supply chain and corresponding financial and reputational damages while maximizing the supply chain's reliability. Ensuring quality and traceability (i.e., of ingredients) throughout supply chains by screening, selecting, monitoring, auditing and engaging with suppliers on issues such as environmental protection, responsible raw material sourcing, business conduct and human rights

TCFD elements Recommended disclosures References in this report


1. Management’s oversight on climate-related risks and opportunities

Sustainability governance framework

2. Management’s role in assessing and managing climate-related risks and opportunities

Climate adaptation and transition plans

Sustainability governance framework


1. Description of climate-related risks and opportunities

Climate adaptation and transition plans

2. Impact of climate-related risks on the company’s business activities and strategic and financial planning

Climate adaptation and transition plans

3. Resilience of the organization’s strategy

Climate adaptation and transition plans

Climate change mitigation

Risk management

1. The company’s processes for identifying and assessing climate-related risks

Climate adaptation and transition plans

Risk management

2. The company’s processes for managing climate-related risks

Climate adaptation and transition plans

3. Integration of processes for identifying, assessing and managing climate-related risks into the company’s general risk management system

Climate adaptation and transition plans

Risk management

Metrics and targets

1. Metrics with which the company assesses climate-related risks and opportunities

Climate change mitigation

2. Disclosure of Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 GHG emissions

Scope 1 and 2

Scope 3

3. Targets used to manage climate-related opportunities and risks against performance

Scope 1 and 2

Scope 3


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