Sustainability Council

The Executive Committee has established a Sustainability Council to advise on sustainability developments. The council monitors the integration of sustainability into management processes and oversees the company’s sustainability targets and sustainability performance. The council, which meets quarterly, consists of representative Business and Functional Directors, as well as the CEO.

Significant sustainability aspects material to the company are reviewed annually, with input from internal and external stakeholders. The Sustainability Council focuses on topics with the biggest impact on accelerating the AkzoNobel strategy to create shared value, building on our core principles of safety, integrity and sustainability, including respect for human rights.

Progress regarding sustainability objectives, development, target setting and implementation is reviewed quarterly by the Executive Committee, semi-annually by the Supervisory Board and is verified annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V.. The Audit Committee takes an active role in assessing the quality and reliability of sustainability performance reporting.

McLaren Formula 1 2019 car (photo)

The McLaren Formula 1 team enjoyed a successful 2019 season, with young racing talents Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz steering them to an admirable fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. Scientists from our Sikkens brand once again worked with technicians at McLaren to develop the dazzling Papaya Spark livery for the team’s MCL34s. The coatings system offered numerous benefits designed to help reduce drag and contaminant adhesion, as well as improving surface slip and durability.

Integrity and Compliance Committee

This committee supports the Executive Committee with its responsibility in assuring and managing compliance, and with its reporting to the Supervisory Board. The Integrity and Compliance Committee systematically identifies material compliance risks, assists in assurance of compliance with laws, regulations and ethical standards, monitors compliance and report findings and recommendations to the Executive Committee. More details can be found in Integrity and compliance management.

Executive Pensions Committee

The Executive Pensions Committee oversees the general pension policies of AkzoNobel’s various pension plans and their financial consequences for the company. The committee is chaired by the CFO and includes the Chief Human Resources Officer, the General Counsel and Corporate Directors of Treasury, Pensions and Rewards.

Disclosure Committee

The Board of Management has established a Disclosure Committee which consists of senior executives with a background in corporate law, finance and investor relations. The task of the Disclosure Committee is to establish and maintain disclosure controls and procedures, and to advise the Board of Management and a committee comprising the CEO, CFO and General Counsel on the accurate and timely disclosure of material financial and non-financial information.