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11th April 2014

Royal DSM: Making Management Accountable for Sustainability

Royal DSM, the life and materials sciences company, incorporate sustainability measures into their rewards system in order to drive real change within their business.

In 2010 they began the transition, moving beyond using traditional financial measures of performance by linking managerial bonuses to sustainability and value-creating indicators as well. Sustainability indicators include things like transitioning the company's award winning ECO+ products through initial and developmental phases, improving energy-efficiency per unit, engaging other employees in sustainable practice and behavior, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions in operations.

DSM clearly see that people, planet, profit thinking can be a driver for success of the business overall. Tying financial incentives to the promotion of sustainable goals sends the message that management is explicitly accountable for a company's environmental and social behavior.

A complete breakdown of Royal DSM's remuneration policy is available here.