DSM Animal Health and Nutrition, the feed additive division of the Dutch Royal DSM multinational, has launched a new company-wide sustainability initiative.

The company says the demand for animal protein is expected to rise in line with global population growth over the next 30 years. But at the same time, the world has to adapt to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to produce more with less resource and environmental impact.

The company believes its We Make It Possible strategy will “help make animal feed and agriculture a more positive part of our natural environment through investment in scientific innovations in sustainability”. It notes that the move is a “significant change of pace in DSM’s already formidable sustainable business products and strategy. By harnessing our science, innovation and sustainability leadership, we can make a substantial difference to the sustainability of the animal protein industry”.

The DSM strategy aligns with UN SDGs 2 (Zero hunger); 3 (Good health and wellbeing); 12 (Responsible consumption and production); 13 (Climate Action); and 14 (Life below water). It will be delivered through six sustainability platforms that address the major challenges facing animal agriculture – namely: Improving the lifetime performance of farm animals; Improving the quality of animal derived foods, while reducing food loss and waste; Reducing emissions from livestock; Making efficient use of natural resources; Reducing the reliance on marine resources; and Helping tackle anti-microbial resistance.

“DSM is purpose-led and performance driven, and we know that the agriculture industry can transform itself from within,” comments DSM ANH president Ivo Lansbergen. “For too long, sustainability has been someone else’s problem, a problem for tomorrow. But it is not an impossible challenge. We believe we can make animal farming sustainable. Our need is to be providing a decent living for farmers and affordable proteins to the world population, all while reducing the footprint of animal farming. We Make it Possible is a commitment to tangible and actionable solutions that cater to the customers we care most about: people and planet earth.

This strategic initiative reflects our commitment not only to be part of the value chain but to be a change agent, steering the global conversations, connecting the various stakeholders of the farming ecosystem, thinking ahead, and generating ideas and new ways of working.”

Vice-president Christie Chavis adds: “Companies can no longer delay this aspect. They must step up and embrace sustainability in all aspects: it is vital to the success of business, just as it is vital to everything else.”