Corporate Governance

The way we do business

Ton Büchner
 

People all over the world are increasingly interested in what goes on in major companies. Is the business being conducted properly? Are local laws being adhered to? Does a company comply with international regulations? At AkzoNobel we have set down exactly how we operate, our values and our principles.

Our values
To enable the successful roll-out of our strategy and, in turn the achievement of our vision, we must be clear not only about what we will do, but also how we will do it. Through a process that involved individuals from across the company, we defined the following:

  • Customer focused – we build successful partnerships with our customers 
  • Deliver on commitments – we do what we say we will do 
  • Passion for excellence – we strive to be the best in everything we do, every day 
  • Winning together – we develop, share and use our personal strengths to win as a team
Core principles 
There are certain behaviors that we expect from all our employees under all circumstances. We call these non-negotiable behaviors, or core principles. We have defined three – safety, integrity and sustainability. 

Our standards
Our business principles set down the standards by which we operate. Above all, we're committed to creating long-term value for our customers, shareholders, employees and society. We need to make sustainable profits if our business is to thrive.

We have trained employees worldwide on these principles, and we continue to think and act according to them on a daily basis. In order to help us maintain this focus, we have developed the AkzoNobel Code of Conduct.
This Code is intended to provide our people with a clear overview of their obligations. In essence it captures not only the general business principles but also our key and relevant Company Directives. Ultimately it helps all AkzoNobel employees to perform our jobs in accordance with the company’s standards.

Our multicultural organization
We thrive on the many different nationalities and cultures in our organization. It makes us a stronger and more dynamic company, as well as a great place to work.