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AkzoNobel’s main societal contributions fall into three areas:

  • Societal programs that support community/social development though the company’s Community Program and Education Fund
  • Fighting malnutrition though our products and partnerships (see Stakeholder activity)
  • The social contribution of our overall business activities (employment, sourcing, taxation), particularly in high growth economies.

Community Program

AkzoNobel’s Community Program encourages employees to engage in hands-on involvement in their local communities and provides them with the necessary financial support. This allows sites and individuals to take part in projects where our products/resources and the skills and knowledge of employees can benefit the wider community. It also provides opportunities for employees to develop team-building and leadership skills. Since the start of the program, more than 5,000 volunteers from 50 countries have worked on more than 1,000 projects, totaling more than €8 million. According to the NCDO Millennium Development Goal Scan methodology, these projects have impacted an estimated 350,000 people. Over the last three years, nearly 70 percent of projects have supported educational/employability and healthcare/well-being activities, with environmental and housing projects also well represented.

In 2009, 279 new projects were initiated. These were narrowed down to a shortlist of 16 and more than 1,800 employees around the world then voted for their favorite in our annual Community Program Best Practice competition. First prize went to Polymer Chemicals in Kyungju, South Korea, for their “Surrounding orphans with love” project. This involved creating a warm and comfortable family environment for children at the Dae-ja-won orphanage. Twelve employees worked on cleaning and gardening to help get the site in order. A roster is now in place for the team to visit each month, when they spend time with the children, as well as continuing to provide practical support.

Cumulative Community Program involvement
Cumulative Community Program involvement (bar chart)

Education Fund 15th anniversary

AkzoNobel set up the Education Fund ’94 in partnership with Plan Nederland. The aim was to help children in developing countries fulfill their potential by improving the quality of their education. Around €2 million from company support and employee fundraising has been invested in around 65 projects in 15 countries. Projects have included improving school infrastructure, teacher training, promoting health and hygiene and dealing with issues such as bullying, harassment and corporal punishment.

Plan Nederland estimates that several thousand children aged from three to 16 have directly benefited from quality pre-school and primary education provided by the Education Fund. The number of indirect beneficiaries is many times that number.

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