Yes, we want to help our customers make their business a success. And yes, we want to provide competitive returns for our shareholders. But our number one priority is the health and safety of our people.
Health, safety and environment (HSE) are of decisive importance in all our activities. Today, all products and their applications must contribute to reducing the negative impact on the environment as well as improve production efficiency and energy usage. A lot of our research and development focuses on progress in these areas. These are core values for all our employees around the world. We all strive to improve our health, safety and environmental performance. HSE responsibility and accountability, through every level, creates value for the environment and the society in which we work and for our customers.
We use Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to continually monitor performance and company progress in the areas of health, safety and the environment. By integrating HSE into all of our activities, Eka and our owner AkzoNobel strives for industry leadership in HSE performance.