André Veneman, Corporate Director, Sustainability Akzo Nobel

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Keynote Speaker #NordicTalks 2017 October 10

Sustainability as a driver for shared value

In Akzo Nobel we have embraced sustainability
as a value driver, supporting our:

–          Purpose

–          Core principle

–          Brand equity

–          Employee value proposition

–          Innovation, technology and resource productivity programs

We have a strong conviction that all technologies are present to ensure that by 2050 nine billion global citizens can enjoy decent living standards within the boundaries of one Planet. That’s why we are optimists and why our sustainability strategy is called Planet Possible. However, it is obvious that required changes will not come easy. Our business will have to contribute to a deep transition in those market segments where all energy and raw materials are used:  Building & Infrastructure; Transport & Mobility; Consumer Goods; Food & Agri and new Industrial Applications.  Over the past fifteen years AkzoNobel has firmly moved sustainability from Integrated thinking to Integrated Business strategy, Integrated Management and Integrated reporting. Definitely all Akzo Nobel managers are familiar with our slogan:  Sustainability is business and business is sustainability. As chemicals industry we can contribute significantly in reaching these global goals through our core business activities – providing a new lens on creating long-term and shared value – in economic, environmental and social terms. The context of sustainability is ever changing. More recently the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement have set a clear direction for a more sustainable society.  Leading companies have embraced these goals because they provide such a clear compass for business growth and development.  The changing world requires that we focus on CO2-reduction in our own processes and across the value chain, radical resource productivity, technical innovation and the production of safer chemicals that improve the quality of people’s lives. Indeed no company can drive this transition alone. Obviously positive change depends on strong partnerships between business partners and end-users. Even more importantly, economic development, employment, circular use of materials and carbon reduction can be further accelerated by new partnerships  between the private sector, government, civil society and expertise centers. Generating a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to a sustainable society.

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