DSM regains leadership in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

9/3/2009, 10:15 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences
company headquartered in the Netherlands, has regained its number one
position in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index*, published today. From 2004 to 2006 DSM
was named the worldwide sustainability No. 1 in this sector. In 2007
and 2008 it ranked amongst the top leaders in the sector.

"We are very proud to have regained the No. 1 position in the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index," said Feike Sijbesma, chairman of DSM's
Managing Board. "It is a recognition of our continuous efforts in
sustainability, as reflected in our performance and transparent
reporting. For the coming years, we will continue to pursue our
ambition to be a leader in the field of sustainability, which is an
important element of our strategy Vision 2010. Sustainability is
increasingly important in today's world and especially now, during
the economic downturn, it is essential to stay the course and
continue in our efforts to contribute to a better world for people
today as well as future generations."

DSM innovations are helping to address some of the world's most
pressing issues such as climate change, energy consumption and the
need for a balanced food and water supply. DSM is committed to
delivering value (social, environmental and economic) to all
stakeholders and believes that as a company it cannot be successful
nor call itself successful, in a world that is failing.
This year, DSM once again took concrete steps to actively reduce its
own and its customers' carbon footprint and fight hidden hunger and
malnutrition around the world.

Today DSM also announces its signing of the 'United Nations Global
Compact CEO Water mandate' to underline the company's commitment to
water management as part of its sustainability strategy. UN's CEO
Water Mandate is a leadership platform that deals with the use and
conservation of water worldwide.

"Our theme for the coming years remains sustainable innovations:
providing solutions to global societal issues, by manufacturing and
selling sustainable products in the value chain. Products that create
energy efficiency and help our customers to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions, water consumption and/or waste. We will keep working on
our performance and reporting, because we firmly believe that the
need for sustainable entrepreneurship and transparency is beyond
debate. We want to thank our employees for their efforts and
commitment to this field and we are convinced this is the way
forward," Sijbesma said.

DSM - the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company
Royal DSM N.V. creates innovative products and services in Life
Sciences and Materials Sciences that contribute to the quality of
life. DSM's products and services are used globally in a wide range
of markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable
and more enjoyable way of life. End markets include human and animal
nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive,
coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and
housing. DSM has annual net sales of EUR 9.3 billion and employs some
23,500 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the
Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on
Euronext Amsterdam. More information: www.dsm.com

For more information:

DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations
André van der Elsen Hans Vossen
tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864
5787162 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595
fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail
5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com
e-mail media.relations@dsm.com

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