DSM, which supplies animal feed additives to the livestock sector, has announced a partnership with the International Egg Commission (IEC), the international trade association representing the producers of eggs and egg products worldwide. The IEC was founded with the goal of fostering international co-operation among all sectors of the egg industry to their mutual benefit.
Designed to promote sustainable production and drive positive developments in the egg industry, the new Value Chain Partnerships will see the IEC form close strategic relationships with global organisations to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the global egg value chain. DSM is the inaugural company to partner with the IEC on this basis and has been confirmed as exclusive IEC Value Chain Partner for Feed Additives and Sustainability.
The partnership will see the two organisations work together to tackle four key areas of joint interest: environmental sustainability of feed nutrition; human nutrition and poverty alleviation; anti-microbial resistance (AMR); and animal welfare.
Dr. David Nickell, Vice President Sustainability, Animal Nutrition and Health DSM, said: “Sustainability is a core value of DSM, it’s both a responsibility and a business driver expressed in our “Purpose led, Performance driven” strategy. With the growing demand for animal protein and the increasing scrutiny on the sustainability of the industry, DSM is well placed to support more sustainable animal production through innovative nutritional solutions and technologies. Teaming up with the IEC makes perfect sense in helping with the sustainable development of the global egg industry”.
Tim Lambert, IEC Chairman added: “We are committed to help deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. As an IEC Value Chain Partner, DSM has many shared values to help support the development of the egg industry”.
DSM has been a member of the IEC since 2011. It is already involved with the IEC’s Global Initiative for Sustainable Eggs (GISE), which aims to champion continuous improvements in sustainability across the egg value chain. Areas of collaboration include: sustainable feed supply; the introduction of alternative raw feed materials & feed efficiency; reducing direct and indirect GHG emissions and reducing nitrogen and phosphorous flows to the environment.
Both DSM and the IEC are also actively involved in promoting the nutritional benefits of eggs and improving access to this key source of protein, particularly for populations that lack sufficient animal protein in their diet and suffer from nutrient deficiencies.
Established in 1964, the International Egg Commission (IEC) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the egg industry internationally; it has members in over 80 different countries. Its members include national egg associations, egg farmers, egg graders and processors around the world. Part of the role of the IEC is to provide information to assist with national and international decisions and policy making, it does this through its membership, its publications, and liaison with other international organisations, including; United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).