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Edward D. Breen Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Our innovations are helping to provide healthy and nutritious food for people everywhere, accelerating the development of renewable markets, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

For more than two centuries, DuPont has applied its world-class science and engineering capabilities to help our customers and society solve some of our biggest global challenges. Our innovations are helping to provide healthy and nutritious food for people everywhere, accelerating the development of renewable markets, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

In 2015, we introduced more than 1,600 new products, were granted about 760 new U.S. patents and filed applications for more than 1,000 U.S. patents. Many of these are already delivering sustainable value not just for our customers but for society.

For example, DuPont recently launched Optimum® Leptra® corn hybrids that help control pests, improve yields, and support farmers during late planting or in high pest pressure environments. In nutrition and health, we saw demand for probiotics such as HOWARU® premium increase. This product promotes respiratory health in children. Finally, as the leading supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry, we launched DuPontTM Solamet® PV76x and PV19x, which are designed to increase the efficiency of solar cells and power output of solar panels.

As a global company operating in more than 90 countries, we also understand our stakeholders expect us to make visible, time-bound commitments to sustainability. DuPont issued its first set of corporate sustainability goals in 1990, pioneering an early trail for voluntary commitments. In 2015, we were pleased to announce the next iteration in our journey with the launch of our 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals integrate sustainability in our innovation process, further improve our operational footprint and continue our efforts to enhance global food security. As of the end of 2015, we are proud to have:

  • Reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 7.5 percent between 2010 and 2015 and cut our total water consumption by approximately 7.6 percent in the same period.

  • Invested approximately $4.9 billion and introduced nearly 3,000 new products between 2010 and 2015 as part of our 2020 goal to develop innovations that produce more food, enhance nutritional value and improve agriculture sustainability.

  • Exceeded our 2020 goal of facilitating 2 million engagements of youth around the world.

Ultimately, our goal is to deliver life-enhancing and sustainable benefits for people around the world. That’s where our science and innovation capabilities can make the biggest impact and help us build on our legacy and more effectively contribute to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.