DSM N.V. : DSM to contribute to new 2020 global nutrition target

       DSM N.V. : DSM to contribute to new 2020 global nutrition target

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

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.
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