Social value*


At year-end 2017, the number of employees decreased by 1% to 45,400 people (year-end 2016: 46,000 people).

For more details, see Note 5 of the Consolidated financial statements.


45,400 at year-end 2017

Employees by Business Area

in % at December 31, 2017
Value creation – Social value – Employees by Business Area (bar chart)


The number of reportable injuries reduced by 27% compared with 2016, while the injury rate is now at the target level set for 2020 (0.20 per 200,00 hours worked).

Lost time injuries and contractor injuries also continued to go down.

For more details, see Note 9 of the Sustainability statements.


During 2017, we carried out 332 societal projects with a total budget spend of about €3 million and the support of 4,821 AkzoNobel volunteers.

In addition, we supplied 148,237 liters of paint for our social projects during the year.

For more details, see Note 1 of the Sustainability statements.

*Including discontinued operations.