The DSM Culture Compass

Brand platform fundamentals

Our culture as One DSM

This is the DSM culture compass. It’s a navigational tool that helps us see the future we’re aiming for: creating value for our customers and shareholders, for our communities and wider society, and for each other.

The compass shows us our cultural direction and destination, while allowing each of us to find our own ways to bring it to life in our daily role, whoever we are and wherever we work. It’s a simple framework to help us do more of what we already do well, and improve those cultural areas where we can be stronger.

The compass also reflects our purpose-led, performancedriven strategy. Our purpose of creating brighter lives for all sits at the heart of the compass – it inspires everything we do. We deliver performance by demonstrating better who we are, and by taking decisions every day that show what we stand for.

The six outer elements of the compass help us define the culture we want to build, and guide our day-to-day interactions and decisions. They truly come to life when we combine them in ways unique to our own role. Let’s explore them.

1. Courageous

Being courageous means we are willing to make tough decisions, own our actions, embrace new ideas, take a stand when needed, and support others to do the same.

2. Caring

Being caring means we look out for the people and environment around us, go the extra mile to value and strengthen our diverse relationships, and take care of others and ourselves, so that everyone can be their best.

3. Collaborative

Being collaborative means we always look for the best ways to work and innovate together and with others, to listen and find common ground, and to apply our knowledge and skills in an inclusive and agile way.

4. Delivering value

Delivering value means we use our speed, expertise and innovation to deliver results, meeting the needs and earning the trust of customers, employees, shareholders, communities and wider society.

5. Championing sustainability

Championing sustainability means we improve the quality of people’s lives by embedding sustainability in all that we do, applying our scientific know-how to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.

6. Taking responsibility

Taking responsibility means we act ethically and with integrity, always learning and improving, willing to be held accountable for our performance and the safety and wellbeing of the people and communities around us.

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