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Human Cities

Our recently launched Human Cities initiative highlights our commitment to improving, energizing and regenerating urban communities across the world.

We think cities across the world should be focusing on a number of key issues in order to create more "human" urban environments, including color, heritage, transport, sport and education, and sustainability.

100 Resilient Cities
In September 2014, we reinforced our position as a key player in the area of urban resilience and regeneration by making a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. This commitment established a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

AkzoNobel partners with Monocle’s Quality of Life index
We were delighted to partner with Monocle magazine on its survey of the world’s most liveable cities, which offers inspiration for urban communities everywhere to create more human environments. While data-driven elements such as crime, healthcare, state-funded education and business climate remain the backbone of the Quality of Life Survey, it's the "liveability assessment" on intangibles such as commitment to culture, proximity to open spaces and affordability that make all the difference to a city – and make this survey unique. Our partnership with Monocle is also designed to increase our exposure with key AkzoNobel stakeholder groups including architects, designers and mayors. Read the full story here.

The historic U.S.S. Cod – at ‘home’ in an urban environment
To help preserve the heritage of a heroic act involving Dutch and American sailors, AkzoNobel sponsored the 70th anniversary celebration of the U.S.S. Cod’s rescue of the crew of Dutch submarine O-19 stranded during World War II. The event forged long-lasting friendships and strengthened the bond between the United States and The Netherlands. Read the full story here.

The Economist Intelligence Unit
We've also partnered with the EIU, the business research arm of The Economist Group, to explore what makes urban areas sustainable and examine how cities can become more liveable. As well as showcasing the thoughts of an expert team of expert thinkers and writers on this website, a high-profile report can be downloaded here.

Using the information available on this page, you can learn more about the role we intend to play – and what we believe needs to be done – in order to generate and regenerate cities where we don't just live, but where we thrive.