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Risk management

[...] of appropriate risk management and control systems (see Statement of the Board of Management in the Leadership section). Our risk management framework and risk appetite Our risk management framework is in line with the Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework of COSO and the Dutch Corporate Governance Code, and provides reasonable assurance that our business objectives can be achieved and our obligations to customers, shareholders, employees and society can be met. Clarity on risk appetite, along with the boundaries that determine the freedom of action or choice, is provided to all managers and differs per objective area and type of risk: strategic, [...]

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Segment information

[...] Chemicals (reported as Discontinued operations) As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, like surfactants, polymer chemistry, pulp processing and chlor-alkali, we make sure that industries worldwide are supplied with high quality ingredients and process aids for the manufacture of life’s essentials. Information per Business Area Revenue from third parties Group revenue Amortization and depreciation Identified items Operating income ROS%* In € millions 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 * ROS% is calculated as EBIT (operating income excluding identified items) as percentage of group revenue. [...]

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Measurement and improvement

[...] opinion. Performance of managers and executives is incentivized and measured in that one of the leadership behaviors against which they are evaluated is role-modelling the company’s core principles. For executives, a portion of the long-term incentive is dependent on the company’s performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), which includes evaluation of Code of Conduct and human rights practices. In 2017, AkzoNobel regained its number one ranking in the Chemical industry on the DJSI. The scores on Code of Conduct and human rights improved and contributed to this success.

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Nomination Committee

[...] gaining a thorough understanding of the culture of AkzoNobel, its strategic ambitions, the specific leadership roles and competencies needed to meet those ambitions. Based on the results of these Nomination Committee discussions and the work of the external search agency, the Nomination Committee was able to recommend to the Supervisory Board the nomination of Mrs. Clark, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Jaski as new Supervisory Board members at the EGM of November 30, 2017. In addition, during 2017 the search for a new Chairman was initiated. Following a thorough internal and external search, with the assistance of an independent and well-reputed search firm, the Nomination [...]

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Supervisory Board activities

[...] also benchmarked its sustainability processes and earned stakeholder respect by achieving a clear leadership status in independent rankings. During 2017, the company returned to the top of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) to lead the rankings for the fifth time in six years, being placed first in the Chemicals industry. This represents a quick and successful response from the company after its run of four consecutive years at the top was briefly interrupted in 2016. AkzoNobel’s status as a clear leader was demonstrated again when the company achieved the top ranking in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) “Catalyst for Change” report on [...]

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Supervisory Board

[...] Composition The list of Supervisory Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Leadership section. In compliance with the Dutch Civil Code, the Supervisory Board has a balanced composition, consisting of at least 30% female and at least 30% male members, reflecting the nature and variety of the company’s businesses, their international spread and expertise in fields such as finance, economics, information technology (IT), societal, environmental and legal aspects of business, government and public administration. Consequently, the current members represent four nationalities and have a diverse and appropriate experience with the markets in [...]

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Internal controls

[...] Strategic performance section. Reference is made to the Statement of the Board of Management in the Leadership section for the statements relating to internal risk management and control systems.

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Communication and education

[...] newsletter. It also ensured that the importance of compliance was reflected in a variety of senior leadership business messages. Compliance portal A comprehensive Compliance web portal is available to employees containing guidance, templates and references on various compliance topics.

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AkzoNobel on the capital markets

[...] strong case for investment With well-established global brands and a portfolio of businesses holding leadership positions in many markets, we offer a strong case for investment. Close dialog with the capital markets During the year, AkzoNobel was subject to three bids for a takeover by PPG, who subsequently withdrew their offer on June 1, 2017. In April, the company presented an investor update, which included 2020 guidance and details of a new strategy to accelerate growth and value creation by creating two focused businesses. Following shareholder approval for the separation of Specialty Chemicals, the company is on track for the completion of this process by [...]

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