Guiding Principles


As part our commitment to our core values of safety and health, highest ethical behavior, respect for people and environmental stewardship, we apply the following set of guiding principles to our research and development efforts, as well as to all of our commercial endeavors.

At DuPont, we believe the tools of biotechnology can help generate sustainable, innovative, market-driven solutions to solve some of the world's biggest challenges. Our development of these solutions begins cautiously and carefully, with a deep commitment to our Core Values and comprehensive stewardship of biotechnology as we leverage it for beneficial use long term. In addition to the principles that guide our longer–term approach to the application of biotechnology, our Biotechnology Position Statements were developed to address the current–day topics that apply to biotechnology, and help inform our approach to this area of science. Access the DuPont Biotechnology Position Statements here.

  • Safety
    DuPont will develop products derived from biotechnology that are at least as safe for people and the environment as their conventionally produced (or existing) counterparts using the best available scientific knowledge.
  • Sustainability
    DuPont will develop products derived from biotechnology that enhance sustainability.
  • Biodiversity
    DuPont will strive to protect and conserve natural resource biodiversity.
  • Transparency
    DuPont is committed to consumer access to information in support of knowledgeable choices.
  • Contributions to Developing Economies
    DuPont will endeavor to be socially and culturally responsible as it shares knowledge and appropriate technology in developing economies to help improve food security, renewable energy and protection to sustainably improve the quality of life.
  • Access to Genetic Resources
    DuPont will strive to identify the owner(s) of natural biological resources and knowledge selected for research and product development and will develop fair and equitable business arrangements that recognize the contributions of the involved parties. To the extent possible, arrangements will be made public.
  • Product Stewardship
    Consistent with Companywide Product Stewardship Standards, DuPont will extract, make, use, handle, package, transport and dispose of materials from biotechnology safely and in an environmentally responsible manner, and DuPont will continuously analyze and improve its practices, processes and products to reduce their risk and impact throughout the product life cycle. See also DuPont Safety Health and Environment Commitment.