Stakeholder engagement AkzoNobel recognizes that in view of the scope of its activities and the public role the company fulfils, proper communication with its various groups of stakeholders is essential. In many cases we go a step further: we work together with stakeholders to develop improved products and/or business concepts. Focusing on our cutomers future first, one of AkzoNobel’s core values is probably the most dominant aspect of AkzoNobel’s stakeholder engagement. But also our relations with suppliers are vital to optimize sustainability aspects and unlock business value along the value chain. Investors and analysts, governments and Industry associations, non-governmental and sustainability organizations, our neighbors, the general public and the media are other important stakeholders which we provide with proper information and with which we maintain good relationships. An important aspect of our community involvement is to help our people to make a difference in their neighborhoods: this is co-ordinated and funded through the AkzoNobel Community Program. The program encourages employees to engage in handson involvement in their local communities and gives them the necessary financial support. The fund is also available to support post-relief efforts for major disasters in countries where AkzoNobel operates.