DSM to contribute to new 2020 global nutrition target

DSM to contribute to new 2020 global nutrition target 
HEERLEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/08/13 --  Royal DSM,
the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, today
announced that it plans to help provide effective nutrition
interventions to 50 million beneficiaries (pregnant and lactating
woman and children under two) per
year by 2020. This commitment is
part of DSM's endorsement of the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact,
which aims to reach 500 million pregnant and lactating women and
children under 2 with effective nutrition interventions by
2020. The
Compact was today unveiled in London at the Nutrition for Growth
summit as part of the UK G8 presidency. 
Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer, DSM said: "As the world's
leading producer of micronutrients including vitamins, DSM is taking
its responsibility
to help solve the world's greatest solvable
problem: malnutrition, affecting 2 billion people across the globe.
With our plans to reach 50 million beneficiaries by 2020 we fully
support the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact.
We believe investing
in nutrition can break the cycle of poverty and build thriving
societies and markets. I am proud DSM and its 23,500 employees are
able
to help tackle malnutrition using our knowledge and expertise
through public-private partnerships." 
Global Nutrition for Growth Compact The Global Nutrition for Growth
Compact, initiated by the governments of the
United Kingdom and
Brazil and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, calls
for
urgent action to end the scourge of malnutrition with ambitious
targets and
commitments. Addressing nutrition is of critical
importance for achieving the
United Nations Millennium Development
Goals. As a first step, by 2020, signatories to the Compact commit to
ensure that at least 500 million pregnant
women and children under
two are reached with effective nutrition interventions. 
As part of the Compact, which was unveiled today in the presence of
UK Prime
Minister David Cameron, Brazil Vice-President Michel Temer,
heads of state and
other dignitaries as well as representatives of
business, science, philanthropy
and civil society, business
signatories committed to putting good nutrition at
the core of
business practice. As a first step, they will support the
productivity and health of their workforces by introducing a
nutrition policy
and improving policies for maternal health, including
support for breastfeeding
mothers. Some businesses will also take
further steps by improving the nutrition
delivered by food systems so
that mothers and children have access to the affordable, nutritious
foods they need. 
The DSM commitment DSM plans to help provide effective nutrition
interventions to 50 million beneficiaries (pregnant and lactating
woman and children under two) per year by 2020. DSM expects to reach
these beneficiaries through its existing public-private partnerships,
such as with the World Food Programme, Vitamin Angels and World
Vision International as well as advocacy and using its sphere of
influence. Earlier this year DSM and WFP announced their intention to
increase
the number of people who benefit from their work together to
25-30 million per
year by 2015, compared to around 15 million today. 
In addition, DSM is also offering signatories to the Compact access
to its leading nutritional products and solutions for staple food
fortification and
nutritional supplements, to help ensure the overall
target is met. 
DSM also plans to assist Compact signatories in defining or enhancing
a corporate nutrition policy focusing on healthy, balanced diets and
the promotion
of breast feeding policies, including nutrition audits
to measure the quality of fortified foods and the effectiveness of
interventions. DSM will also work to
define a supplier and community
outreach program to advocate the Nutrition for
Growth agenda and
explore the supply of its nutrition products through these
channels. 
Through its Nutrition Improvement Program, DSM already contributes
technical
expertise to support  public-private partnerships with the
World Food Programme,
World Vision, Project Laser Beam, Partners in
Food Solutions, GAIN, Vitamin Angels and the Amsterdam Initiative
against Malnutrition. DSM's own humanitarian
think tank Sight and
Life provides nutrition science and evidence-based advocacy. 
The hard facts of malnutrition An estimated 2 billion people globally
suffer from the effects of micronutrient
deficiencies, in that they
don't receive the necessary levels of vitamins and
minerals that
allow them to develop to their full mental and physical
potential.
Across the world, 1 in 4 children under 5 years of age are
stunted. Evidence
shows that getting the right nutrients at the right
time is critical, particularly during the first 1000 days from
pregnancy to the child's second
birthday; good nutrition is a
prerequisite for physical, mental and social development. 
Failure to obtain optimum nutrition not only negatively impacts the
life chances
of children and their mothers, it prevents them, their
communities and their
countries from achieving their full economic
potential. Malnutrition is responsible for the loss of billions of
dollars in productivity, in effect stunting not only citizens, but
also economies. It is estimated that 11% of GDP
in Africa and Asia is
lost to malnutrition every year, with productivity losses
to
individuals estimated at more than 10% of lifetime earnings. 
Good nutrition is an important requirement for physical and mental
development,
and a key factor for unlocking the human potential in
every man, woman and child. The elimination of malnutrition is a
global responsibility that DSM supports wholeheartedly as part of its
mission to create brighter lives for people today and generations to
come. DSM's core value, contributing to a more
sustainable world,
supports this mission. 
DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living.(TM) 
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health,
nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life
Sciences and Materials
Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity,
environmental progress and social
advances to create sustainable
value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that
nourish, protect and improve performance in global
markets such as
food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals,
medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life
protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM's
23,500
employees deliver annual net sales of around EUR9 billion. The
company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at
www.dsm.com. 
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