Decorative Paints value creation summary 2017

As a leading global supplier of decorative paints, our brands are crucial to our success. Our Decorative Paints activities are fully focused on the buildings and infrastructure end-user segment, serving both consumers and professional painters. In order to create more economic, environmental and social value, our inno-vation is geared towards reducing our upstream and downstream supply chain impact by changing formulations to water-based technology.

Many of our brands are household names and we work closely with local communities via a series of national and international initiatives, some of which involve volunteer support from our employees. The aim is to benefit the creation of more social value.

All these initiatives are designed to play a role in contributing to our financial performance and enable us to deliver more economic value for our investors.

  • Economic value
  • Environmental value
  • Social value


Revenue development

in % versus 2016
Decorative Paints – Value creation – Revenue development (bar chart)

Revenue breakdown by business unit

in %
Decorative Paints – Value creation – Revenue breakdown by business unit (pie chart)


9.0% ROS

12.5% ROI


of revenue from eco-premium solutions with customer benefits, due to RD&I investments


2.5 million tons

upstream CO2(e) emissions

1,800 TJ

energy use

We continue to improve efficiency by reducing our energy use per ton of production, and are working towards improving our share of renewable energy. We continue to drive resource productivity to make the most of valuable raw materials and reduce environmental impact, while strengthening our business.

0.1 million tons

CO2(e) emissions own operations

30 kilotons

total waste


1.2 million tons

downstream CO2(e) emissions

3.7 million tons

CO2(e) emissions cradle-to-grave


improvement CO2(e) per ton of sales from 2012 cradle-to-grave carbon footprint



employees at year-end 2017


total reportable rate of injuries
(per 200,000 hours)

Employee safety is a key priority and we are actively driving towards a reduction in the number of incidents.


€676 million

employee benefits

13.1 million

lives positively impacted by our “Let’s Colour” program


people trained as painters

We participate in community programs and local sponsorships.