DSM retains leadership position in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Thursday, 08. September 2005 14:15

In the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published yesterday, DSM
once again tops the list for the Chemical Industry sector. This is
the second year in a row that DSM has been named the worldwide
sustainability leader in the chemical industry. The company was able
to retain its No. 1 position because it has integrated sustainability
into its decision-making and management processes to a very high
level. This integration of sustainability into the company's core
activities has resulted in stable high scores for all criteria.

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 DSM achieved a leadership
position in both the European and the global index, and it has
retained this position 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.

The assessment report on DSM's sustainability performance includes
the following comment: "The company's strong position in the
environment dimension is reflected in the outperformance in advanced
environmental management and advanced environmental performance. The
company's track record in occupational health and safety is another
example of its sustainability leadership".

More information can be found on these websites:

Assessment report:

Super sector leaders:

DSM is active worldwide in life science products, performance
materials and industrial chemicals. The group develops, produces and
markets innovative products and services that are designed to raise
the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of
end-use markets and applications, including human and animal
nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, the automotive
industry, coatings, the construction industry and the electrics &
electronics market. The group has annual sales of around EUR 8
billion and employs about 23,000 people worldwide. DSM is a leading
world player in many of the markets in which it operates and has
plants and facilities on every continent. The company's head office
is in the Netherlands. For more information on DSM, please visit

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
5740680 investor.relations@dsm.com
e-mail media.relations@dsm.com
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