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Advocate for the world

Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma reinvented his company on the maxim that saving the planet is good business. A Climate Leader for the World Bank Group, he is taking the philosophy well beyond.

"If you do it well, and you make your business really sustainable, I think you can also earn money, you can do good for the world by doing well yourself." - Feike Sijbesma.

WHEN Feike Sijbesma became the chief executive officer of Dutch company Royal DSM in 2007, he was determined to make the world a better place, while also running a successful company.

He faced his share of detractors, who told him the "two things cannot be combined". For good measure,...

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