Supervisory Board

The role and responsibilities of the Supervisory Board

Separate and independent, the Supervisory Board supervises and advises the Board of Management and the Executive Committee in performing its management tasks.

Major management decisions and AkzoNobel strategy are discussed with, and approved by, the Supervisory Board. Its activities and meetings are detailed in a report published every financial year. Acting in the interests of AkzoNobel and its stakeholders, the Supervisory Board is also responsible for monitoring the Board of Management and the Executive Committee, as well as for setting the direction of the company's business. This includes:

  • achieving our operational and financial objectives
  • our corporate strategy and risks inherent in our business activities
  • how internal risk management and control systems are structured and operated
  • the main financial parameters and the financial reporting process
  • compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

An independent voice and viewpoint
Under Dutch law, the Supervisory Board must be independent of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee. This means Supervisory Board members can neither be Board of Management members, Executive Committee members, nor employees of the company.

AkzoNobel Auditor Independence Rules

The AkzoNobel rules on Auditor Independence provides a framework for decision-making on the services the External Auditor (KPMG) is entitled and not entitled to provide. 

It also establishes the role and responsibilities of the Audit Committee in this process.

The Policy was revised on December 4, 2013.

See full text of the Auditor Independence Rules