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. A global program run at AkzoNobel manufacturing facilities and other sites.

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 CO2(e) emitted.

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 depreciation, amortization and incidental items.


Eco-efficiency means doing more with 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, health and well-being), and not significantly worse in any other criteria.

Eco-premium solutions with downstream benefits

Provide tangible material or energy efficiency benefits for our customers, compared with competitive products.


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, including CO2, CO, CH4, N2O and HFCs, which have a global warming impact. We also include the impact of VOCs in our targets.


Health, safety and environment.

Invested capital

Total assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents, investments in associates, the receivable from pension funds in an asset position, assets/liabilities held for sale) less current income tax payable, deferred tax liabilities and trade and other payables.

Key value chain (KVC)

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.


Lifecycle assessments are the basis of our value chain sustainability programs. Eco-efficiency analysis (EEA) is our standard assessment method.

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

Mature markets comprise 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

Defined as long-term borrowings plus short-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

Operating income

Operating income is defined in accordance with IFRS and includes the relevant incidental charges.

Operational cash flow

We use operational cash flow to monitor cash generation. It is defined as operating income excluding depreciation and amortization, less capital expenditures.

Operational eco-efficiency

Refers to the eco-efficiency of our manufacturing operations. Our aim is to improve 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 & 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).


Resource Efficiency Index is gross profit divided by cradle-to-grave carbon footprint. The index measures value created from use of raw materials and energy.

RobecoSAM 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.

ROI% (return on investment)

This is a key profitability measure and is calculated as operating income divided by average invested capital. For 2012, we excluded the goodwill impairment from operating income.

ROS% (return on sales)

This is a key profitability measure and is calculated as operating income divided by revenue. For 2012, we excluded the goodwill impairment from operating income.

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.

Shareholders equity per share

Akzo Nobel N.V. shareholders’ equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding at year-end.

Total reportable rate of injuries (TRR)

The number of injuries per million hours worked. Full definitions are in the Sustainability statements.

TSR (total shareholder return)

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.

Vendor policy/SSV

Vendor policy, Supplier Support Visits, Key Supplier Management and Together for Sustainable are all elements of our supplier sustainability program.


Volatile organic compounds.