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When DSM, a life-science and material-science company, teamed up with the World Food Program to create sachets of fortified food for needy populations in Asia and Africa, the company was confident that its scientists had delivered the best product possible.
But a key detail — how the product was packaged — was overlooked, to the embarrassment of all involved. “It was a stupid mistake, and we learned from it,” said Sheetal Bhadekar, DSM’s senior manager for corporate affairs, during an interview on the sidelines of the Business Civic Leadership Center’s 2012 conference.
Bhadekar also told Devex Impact why a B2B business like DSM sees sustainability work as a core driver for future success, and what government and NGO partners can learn from working with private-sector companies like DSM.
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