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Adjusted earnings per share
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations excluding incidentals in operating income, amortization of intangible assets and tax on these adjustments.
Behavior-based safety.
Carbon footprint
The carbon footprint of a product or organization is the total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused during a defined period, or across the total or part of a product lifecycle. It is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalents emitted.
Carbon dioxide equivalent
Chemical oxygen demand is the amount of oxygen required for the chemical oxidation of substances in the wastewater effluent which is directly discharged into surface waters from our facilities.
Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct defines our company values and how we work. It incorporates fundamental principles on issues such as business integrity, labor relations, health, safety, environment and security and community involvement.
Community Program
AkzoNobel’s global Community Program encourages and gives financial support for employees to get involved, hands-on, in their local communities.
Comprehensive income
The change in equity during a period resulting from transactions and other events other than those changes resulting from transactions with shareholders in their capacity as shareholders.
Earnings per share
Net income attributable to shareholders divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the year.
Operating income before incidentals.
EBIT margin
EBIT as percentage of revenue and can refer to margins both before and after incidentals.
EBIT before depreciation and amortization. Refers in this report to EBITDA before incidentals.
EBITDA margin
EBITDA as percentage of revenue.
Eco-efficiency means doing more for less: creating goods and services while using fewer resources and creating less waste and pollution.
Eco-premium solutions
A measure of the eco-efficiency of our products. An eco-premium solution is significantly better than competing offers in the market in at least one eco-efficiency criterion (toxicity, energy use, use of natural resources/raw materials, emissions and waste, land use, risks), and not significantly worse in any other criteria.
Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Emerging Europe
Central and Eastern Europe (excluding Austria), Baltic States and Turkey.
Emissions and waste
We report emissions to air, land and water for those substances which may have an impact on people or the environment: CO2, NOx and SOx, VOCs, chemical oxygen demand, hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Definitions are in the Sustainability statements section.
Greenhouse gases.
Incidentals are special charges and benefits, results on acquisitions and divestments, restructuring and impairment charges, and charges related to major legal, antitrust and environmental cases. EBIT and EBITDA before incidentals are key figures management uses to assess the company’s performance, as these figures better reflect the underlying trends in the results of the activities.
Invested capital
Total assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents, investments in associates, assets held for sale) less current income tax payable, deferred tax liabilities and trade and other payables.
Key value chain
Used to map the carbon footprint of our businesses. Key value chains are product groupings with similar footprint characteristics, which are representative of the majority of total business unit revenue/production.
Loss of containment
A loss of containment is an unplanned release of material, product, raw material or energy to the environment (including those resulting from human error). Loss of containment incidents are divided into four categories, dependent on severity, from small, on-site spill up to Level D – a significant escape.
Mature markets
Comprised of Western Europe, the US, Canada, Japan and Oceania.
Natural resource use
We do not report specific natural resource use, except water. We do report our use of energy and waste from our operations, and indicate the main raw materials used in our products.
Net debt
Long-term borrowings plus short-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.
Net income
Net income attributable to shareholders of Akzo Nobel N.V.
Occupational illness frequency rate
The number of reportable cases of occupational illnesses per million hours worked.
Operating income
Operating income is defined in accordance with IFRS and includes the relevant incidental charges.
Operating working capital (OWC)
Defined as the sum of inventories, trade receivables and trade payables in the Business Areas. When expressed as a ratio, operating working capital is measured against four times last quarter revenue.
Operational eco-efficiency
Refers to the eco-efficiency of our manufacturing operations. Our aim is to improve the operational eco-efficiency by reducing the resources used and emissions/waste from our sites during the manufacture of our products.
P&D Dialog
The Performance and Development Dialog (P&D Dialog) is AkzoNobel’s global performance and appraisal system for employees.
Research, Development and Innovation.
Regulatory action
We have defined three categories of regulatory action, from self-reported issues (Level 1) to formal legal notifications with fines above €10,000 (Level 3).
Calculated as EBIT of the last 12 months divided by average invested capital.
13.4 Safety incident
We have defined three levels of safety incidents. The highest category – Level 3 – involves any loss of life; more than five severe injuries; environmental, asset or business damage totaling more than €25 million; inability to maintain business; or serious reputation damage to AkzoNobel stakeholders.
SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) assessment
Assesses the sustainability performance of companies selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The DJSI tracks the performance of the global sustainability leaders. The index comprises the top 10 percent in each sector for the 2,500 largest companies.
Shareholders’ equity per share
Akzo Nobel N.V. shareholders’ equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding at December 31.
Top quartile
Top quartile safety performance: comparing the total reportable rate (TRR) with eight peer chemicals and coatings companies.

Top quartile in sustainablity: a top three position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) based on SAM assessment. Top quartile in diversity: 20 percent female executives and 20 percent executives from the high growth markets, based on 2009 benchmark with peers – Chemical Sector and FMCG.

Top quartile talent development: 80 percent internal promotion rate into executive level positions, based on 2012 consultation with talent management experts. 80 percent is seen as best practice in the field because it requires a good and healthy talent management process, as well as opportunities for new hires.

Top quartile eco-efficiency improvement rate: orginally based on 2009 benchmark of operational eco-efficiency targets from peer companies in the chemicals sector (~5 percent p.a.). Revised to top 25 percent in the DJSI (SAM) industry benchmark for the OEE criterion.

Top quartile in sustainablity: a top three position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Top quartile in employee engagement: top quartile of the Gallup Q12
Total reportable rate of injuries (TRR)
The number of injuries per million hours worked. Full definitions are in the Sustainability statements section.
Total shareholder return (TSR)
Used to compare the performance of different companies’ stocks and shares over time. It combines share price appreciation and dividends paid to show the total return to the shareholder. The relative TSR position reflects the market perception of overall performance relative to a reference group.
Wellness Checkpoint
The company’s health assessment tool, which allows employees to prepare their personal health risk assessments and health improvement plans. Employee family members may also participate in this program.
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