Amphoteric dispersing additives ensure universal compatibility and supply a broad range of applications. Not only organic pigments but also inorganic pigments or fillers can be dispersed and stabilized in aqueous or solvent-containing applications. This saves time and money. Due to their broad compatibility and ease of inclusion, this class of amphoteric dispersing additives can be used as post additives. They therefore enable problems such as those involving compatibility to be corrected retrospectively. Amphoteric dispersing additives are based on renewable resources, are partially VOC-free and thus contribute to produce environmentally friendly coatings.