Sustainability & Innovation
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.
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.
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.A measure of the sustainability performance of our products.
Ethical animal testing
AkzoNobel does not carry out animal research on finished products such as coatings, paints, or chemical mixtures, except in those exceptional cases where it is required by government regulations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AkzoNobel is driving innovation on several fronts in the marine coatings market to make the shipping industry more sustainable.
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.
Business Principles & Human Rights
For many years, our different social programs have been showing how AkzoNobel cares all over the world.
AkzoNobel is deeply committed to responsible sourcing, as an important part of AkzoNobel’s supplier sustainability strategy.
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.
AkzoNobel supports free and fair competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.