Unlocking potential to build a better future

Cities are more than just a collection of buildings; they are ever-evolving organisms that flourish or fail depending on how successfully they foster human innovation.

At AkzoNobel, we therefore believe that providing decent education for young people should be a fundamental concern for those who live in, work in, or are connected to cities. As a company that depends on innovation, we also believe that investing in a quality labor market makes good business sense.

That’s why we have long been involved in programs and initiatives designed to give children the education and training they deserve. We work together with educational organizations in all of our key markets, including globally with Plan; with the Dream Center in China; the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch-Asia Honors Summer School and Giving Back in the Netherlands; and The Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK.

Another important partnership is with the Haberdashers’ Company, which plays a major role in providing best-in-class education to children across the UK via its network of schools. In 2014, we teamed up to establish the AkzoNobel/ Haberdashers’ Science Scholarship program. It is designed to promote the study of science at university, particularly among disadvantaged groups with little previous tradition of entering higher education. The scholarship is part of a broader science aspiration agenda that we are both working on. It also includes a national science in schools competition, a shadowing day and an annual reception for our scholars.

The partnership is just one way in which we are investing in the education of young people all over the world.