The commitment – officially made by AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York – establishes a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.
As well as compiling an urban resilience guide for cities, AkzoNobel has also committed to undertaking special projects in four cities named on the 100 Resilient Cities list. In addition, the company will make its expertise in paints, coatings and chemicals available to the program’s advisory committees.
"Partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities is a natural fit for AkzoNobel, following the launch of our Human Cities initiative in June," explained Büchner. "It offers further proof of our serious commitment to tackling the many challenges being faced by some of the world’s biggest urban areas."
He added that by making a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, AkzoNobel is reinforcing its position as a key player in the whole area of urban resilience and regeneration, helping planners and policy-makers to build more capacity and adaptability into city systems, businesses and communities.
"As an industry leader with operations in 80 countries, we are uniquely positioned to play a key role in building resilient cities across the globe, both in terms of physically safeguarding infrastructure and creating a stronger sense of community, identity and belonging," continued Büchner.
"We therefore believe we can make a vital contribution and take positive action to help make city life more enjoyable, inspiring and vibrant for people all over the world."