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September 12, 2013
AkzoNobel has again been ranked in the number one position on the influential
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), heading the newly named Materials
industry group (previously the Chemicals supersector).
The latest listing, published today, underlines the company's commitment to
continuous improvement and represents the eighth consecutive year of top three
"We are delighted and extremely proud to once again be placed first in such a
prestigious and influential ranking," said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner.
"Sustainability is fundamental to our strategy of connecting value creation to
resource efficiency and maintaining our DJSI leadership status underscores our
belief that sustainability is business and business is sustainability."
He added that the company's employees deserve huge credit for helping to make
sustainability an integral part of AkzoNobel's business activities and company
culture. "Everyone should
be proud of what we have achieved in being ranked
first for the last two years," he said. "Together, we are working hard to better
understand the changing needs of the global marketplace, which in turn drives
the development of innovative technologies that meet our customers' needs."
Büchner went on to say that despite the success, more improvements are needed
because the company is determined to accelerate the pace of its commitment in
order to take advantage of sustainable growth opportunities. "This will involve
entering into even closer partnerships with customers and suppliers to help
drive sustainable innovations," he explained. "We must also remain fully focused
on further improving our performance in order to take the next major leap
forward on our journey to creating more value from fewer resources."
Regarded as one of the world's foremost sustainability indices, the DJSI World
Index benchmarks the sustainability performance of leading companies based on
environmental, social and economic performance, including forward-looking
It assesses various criteria, including supply chain management, operational
eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development and occupational
health and safety.
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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for
our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens,
International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are
consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With
operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are
committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing
demands of our fast-changing world.
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