ESG ratings & benchmarks

Our priorities and performance

Key ratings and benchmarks

Our belief in sustainability as our core value, key responsibility and important business driver is reflected in the recognition we receive in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) ratings and benchmarks.

The ESG ratings and benchmarks universe is experiencing rapid expansion and fragmentation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reporting that there are over 2,000 individual ESG reporting indicators requested by the approximately 600 ratings and benchmarks.

There are considerable differences in stakeholder focus and approach with some concentrating on management and strategy and others on performance and metrics. It is not possible for us to actively participate in every benchmark and rating so we prioritize our participation in those that are most useful to us and our stakeholders, specifically:

  • Transparency in methodology, enabling us and our stakeholders to understand and interpret the results.
  • Relying primarily on public information, ensuring that our stakeholders are all assessing us on the same, equal basis.
  • Does not create additional, unnecessary workload, enabling us to focus our efforts on engagement and performance improvement.
  • Are commonly completed by our industry peers to enable greater comparability.
  • Provides sufficient feedback loops to enable us to make sustainable year-on-year improvements and to provide input on future developments of the index.
  • Are recognized by our stakeholders as relevant and fit for purpose.

Prioritized benchmarks

In January 2022, DSM was assessed by Sustainalytics regarding the risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors, ranking in the top 4th percentile in our industry.

In September 2021, EcoVadis awarded DSM a Platinum CSR Rating. The Platinum rating places us in the top 1% of companies assessed in our industry.

In April 2021, ISS ESG reconfirmed DSM as ‘Prime’ according to its rating methodology. Our rating of B- puts us in the top decile relative to our industry group.

DSM’s ISS QualityScore is a low-risk rating, including lowest risk (1 out of 10) in Governance and Environment.

In 2021, DSM was again confirmed as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index. We have been listed on this index since 2004.

In October 2021, MSCI’s rating of DSM remained unchanged at ‘AAA’. The report noted a lower water risk, our carbon emission reduction efforts and our program on product stewardship.

In October, we were again listed in the Vigeo Eiris Benelux, Europe, Eurozone and World indices. Vigeo Eris is now part of Moody’s ESG Solutions.

In December 2021, for our climate strategy, and water governance and strategy in 2021, we were assessed as double A by CDP.


DSM believes that convergence towards a single set of ESG indicators is urgently needed and is actively engaging with other companies and organizations towards this end.

DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index)

After careful consideration, in 2019 DSM decided to no longer actively participate in the DJSI assessment process. 

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