Position Statements

As a leading paints and coatings company AkzoNobel participates in the public debate about our industry and topics such as a sustainable future. 

AkzoNobel is a member of several trade and industry groups and participates in various partnerships. AkzoNobel is non-partisan and does not make political donations.

Please see below three categories with a list of key topics, click on each link for our position. For more information you may contact our Public Affairs team via media.relations@akzonobel.com.

Sustainability & Innovation

Circular economy

Following the principles of the circular economy – the use of bio-based and recycled raw materials combined with improved solutions for our customers – has the potential to be our biggest contributor to the Paris agreement. Building on our track record of renewable energy, we will now also focus on reducing carbon emissions through renewable raw materials. Currently, approximately 5% of organic raw materials are from renewable sources.
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Climate change

As a focused paints and coatings company, the priorities of our sustainability agenda (including climate change) have shifted to reflect the strategic direction of AkzoNobel and focus on those areas where we can have the biggest impact. Following the separation of Specialty Chemicals, carbon emissions from our operations dropped 90% to 300 kilotons worldwide. We continue to set targets on emissions under our resource productivity agenda.
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Eco-premium solutions

We measure the sustainability performance of our products. An eco-premium solution is significantly better than the offer in the market in at least one mainstream criterion (toxicity, energy use, use of natural resources/raw materials, emissions and waste, land use, risks, health and well-being), and not significantly worse in any other criteria. Downstream benefits include a tangible sustainability benefit for our customers.
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Ethical animal testing

AkzoNobel does not carry out animal testing on its finished paints and coatings products, except in those exceptional cases where it is required by government regulations.

When animal testing is needed, AkzoNobel fully supports and applies the principles of the 3Rs: to Replace, Reduce and Refine animal testing.
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Green Buildings

Sustainable cities and communities are one of the Sustainable Development Goals SDG’s), developed and introduced by the United Nations in 2015 as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future.
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Think paint is just paint? Think again. Our products can already clean the air, withstand extreme heat, reduce fuel consumption and cope with conditions on Mars. Now we’re going even further.
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Lifecycle assessment 

Lifecycle thinking is an important basis for AkzoNobel’s sustainability work. Our standard assessment method is eco-efficiency analysis (EEA), based on a combination of lifecycle assessments and lifecycle costing.
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For AkzoNobel, sustainability means creating shared value for all our stakeholders. It underpins our core principles and is our driver for growth, innovation and productivity.
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Sustainable shipping

AkzoNobel is driving innovation on several fronts in the marine coatings market to make the shipping industry more sustainable.
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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Introduced in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations are a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future. They’re a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and address global challenges, so that all people can enjoy peace and prosperity. We believe the SDGs set a clear direction for a more sustainable society – and they have our full support. They provide a clear compass for business growth and development and are in line with our own agenda of creating shared value.
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Business Principles & Human Rights

AkzoNobel Cares

For many years, our different social programs have been showing how AkzoNobel cares all over the world. 
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Conflict minerals

AkzoNobel is deeply committed to responsible sourcing, as an important part of AkzoNobel’s supplier sustainability strategy. We do our best to ensure that our suppliers’ products and components do not contribute to adverse impacts on human rights
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Diversity and Inclusion

AkzoNobel employs about 35.000 talented people all over the world who are passionate about paints and coatings. Reaching our goals and ambitions, and delivering high performance can only be done when everybody can bring their best self to work. To achieve this, we focus on creating a diverse and inclusive working environment. 
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Fair competition

AkzoNobel supports free and fair competition.
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Human rights

At AkzoNobel, we understand that through our roles as employer, manufacturer, business partner and member of many communities, we can potentially directly and indirectly impact the lives of millions of people. While we are committed to making a positive impact through our products and our community programs, we are aware of the potential negative impact we might cause, contribute to or be linked to. We recognize our responsibility to respect the human rights of all stakeholders across our value chain and are committed to actively and systematically assess (potential) human rights impacts and take action where needed to ensure our impacts on people’s lives are as positive as possible.
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AkzoNobel has built a very strong foundation for sustainability and is recognized as a leader in its industry. This is demonstrated by our consistently high position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in the Materials Industry Group in recent years. We believe that a coherent and responsible position on tax is an essential element of our sustainability strategies. In that context, we have adopted a set of tax principles.
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Zero tolerance approach to modern slavery 

According to the 2016 GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX, 40.3 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries.
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Safety & Product Stewardship

Genetically modified crops

AkzoNobel acknowledges its responsibility with regards to GMOs. We do not manufacture any genetically modified organisms, nor sell any products which use GMO organisms to provide any specific functionality. Furthermore, we do not use GMOs in our manufacturing processes to impart any specific variability.
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Management of hazardous substances

AkzoNobel has a company-wide commitment to manage hazardous substances in its products to ensure safe use. This includes reduction, restriction and phase-out of substances when they can be substituted with safer and more sustainable alternatives.
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Product stewardship

In AkzoNobel, we see product stewardship as “The responsible management of the health, safety and environmental aspects of a product throughout its lifecycle”. It is a commitment to maintain control over hazardous substances in our products and to replace materials with unacceptable risk. 
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AkzoNobel strives to deliver leading performance in health, safety, environment and security (HSE&S) with a vision to deliver zero injuries, waste and harm through operational excellence.
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