DSM once again amongst the leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

9/6/2007, 4:17 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

In the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published today, DSM is
once again listed as one of the leaders in the chemical industry
sector. After three years of DSM being the worldwide sustainability
no. 1 in this sector, a unique achievement, the position has been
awarded to Akzo Nobel in 2007.

"We congratulate Akzo Nobel on their no. 1 position in the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index", said Jan Zuidam, vice-chairman of DSM's
Managing Board. "Although we were pleased that we were nominated
again amongst the leaders, we do of course regret that we are not no.
1. However we regard it as very positive that more and more companies
are catching up with our sustainability performance. Our inclusion
amongst the leaders reflects our ambition to be a leader in the field
of sustainability, which is an important element of our strategy
Vision 2010. Our theme for the coming years will be sustainable
innovations: manufacturing and selling sustainable products in the
value chain. Products that create energy efficiency and reductions of
greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and/or waste for our
customers. We will keep on working on our performance and reporting,
because we firmly believe that the need for sustainable
entrepreneurship is beyond debate. The fact that more and more
companies strive to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
underlines this belief. We want to thank our employees for their
efforts and commitment to this field and we are convinced this is the
way forward."

The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index includes over 300 companies
from 34 countries that rank among the top 10% in their industries in
terms of corporate sustainability.

In 2003 DSM was for the first time included in the Dow Jones STOXX
sustainability index for Europe. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 DSM achieved
a leadership position in both the European and the global index, and
the company is again included in both indexes this year.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes track the performance of the
leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide through a thorough
assessment of companies' economic, environmental and social
performance and accounts for more than 50 general as well as
industry-specific criteria in each sector.

DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients,
performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops,
produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve
the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of
end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and
health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport,
coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's
strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on
accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's
specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are
market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in
emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over €8 billion and
employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global
leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the
Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and
the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com.

For more information:

DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations
Nelleke Barning Dries Ausems
tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864
5782017 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595
fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail investor.relations@dsm.com
e-mail media.relations@dsm.com

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