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 performance. It further ensures the alignment of sustainability activities across functions and businesses. The council, which meets quarterly, consists of business unit and functional directors, as well as the CEO. As of 2021, the Chair of the NextGen Council is also part of the Sustainability Council.

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 AkzoNobel’s strategy to create shared value, building on our core values of safety, integrity and sustainability.

Progress regarding sustainability objectives, development, target setting and implementation is reviewed quarterly by the Executive Committee, and semi-annually by the Supervisory Board. The Audit Committee takes an active role in assessing the quality and reliability of sustainable performance reporting and PwC has been engaged to perform an assurance engagement on specific indicators included in the Sustainability statements. Their report can be found in the Financial information.

Thierry Vanlancker at the European CEO Alliance (photo)

Our CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, attended a meeting of the European CEO Alliance – a cross-industry effort to fight climate change, build economic resilience and help make a success of the EU Green Deal. He gave his backing to policy recommendations supporting a progressive and ambitious push to achieve climate neutrality. Proposals included facilitating the transformation of the buildings sector – which is of particular interest to AkzoNobel – and speeding up the restructuring and renewal of the energy system in all EU member states.

Integrity and Compliance SpeakUp! Committee

The Integrity and Compliance SpeakUp! Committee reviews investigations into material violations of laws, regulations and internal rules, as well as SpeakUp! reports. It also decides on disciplinary measures and control improvement actions, and monitors and responds to any trends or irregularities. By submitting these cases through a central Integrity and Compliance SpeakUp! Committee, the company ensures transparency and consistency of measures throughout the organization. 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 CEO, CFO and General Counsel on the accurate and timely disclosure of material financial and non-financial information.