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Herman Betten

Director, Communications, Royal DSM


At Royal DSM I hold the position of Communications Director. My responsibilities are in the fields of global corporate media relations, financial communications (including M&A), advocacy and thought leadership on sustainability and circular economy. I wrote and edited DSM's Integrated Annual Report for 5 years, receiving various awards and nominations, including the Sijthoff award and the transparency award from the Netherlands ministry of Economic Affairs.

I firmly believe profit should not be the only primary goal for a company, but a means to create value on all dimensions, including People and Planet. In this respect, companies should also take their responsibility in improving this planet and the prospects of this and future generations.

Working for DSM, with for instance its partnership with WFP, allows me to connect with people who share the same vision, for instance for the World Economic Forum. In Davos I have organized several high level sessions on Nutrition.