AkzoNobel and the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition

The Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition comprises eight of the biggest multinational companies in the Netherlands, which were brought together by former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

The companies are AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, KLM, Philips, Shell and Unilever. All these companies believe that in order to thrive in the future, they must embrace a more sustainable way of doing business.

AkzoNobel is proud to be part of the DSGC because we know that sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy.

The coalition has just published its third paper on the importance of integrating sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship into corporate governance structures and company culture. It focuses in particular on sustainable innovation, with AkzoNobel being featured in two of the paper's case studies. One looks at the company’s Intersleek antifouling for ships, while the other highlights the health benefits of our Ferrazone iron compound, which is used for the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia.

Says AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner: "To cope with the challenges both ourselves and our customers are facing, we need to develop more sustainable innovation in order to drive transformational change.

"But if we're going to truly chart a course to a more sustainable future, we have to work together. We have to collaborate and form more strategic partnerships across entire value chains so that we can play a leading role in shaping the future of our industries."