DSM produces ten SIN List substances (including one persistent chemical), two of which are officially recognised as chemicals of high concern by the EU. The company has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of…
DSM produces ten SIN List substances, two of which are included on the REACH Candidate List but not on the REACH Authorisation List. The Dutch company produces one persistent chemical. Persistent chemicals are particularly problematic since they do not break down, instead they accumulate in humans and the environment. Because of this, persistent chemicals should be of extra concern for investors. Substances which are not considered a problem today could become huge liabilities in the future.
DSM has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products and includes intrinsic hazards of ingredients in the screening. The company also makes use of the GreenScreen assessment tool, excludes substances with toxic properties from new products, and follows the principles of green chemistry. Moreover, DSM actively markets safer alternatives.
The Dutch company has a timed phase-out strategy for hazardous substances and shares chemical safety information on its website. DSM is a member of Responsible Care and follows voluntary standards such as a Code of Conduct and a Supplier Code of Conduct.