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Value creation summary

As a leading global supplier of decorative paints, our brands are crucial to our success. Our Decorative Paints activities are fully focused on the buildings and infrastructure end-user segment, serving both consumers and professional painters. In order to create more economic, environmental and social value, our inno-vation is geared towards reducing our upstream and downstream supply chain impact by changing formulations to water-based technology. Many of our brands are household names and we work closely with local communities via a series of national and international initiatives, some of which involve volunteer support from our employees. The aim is to benefit [...]

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Value creation summary

Our Performance Coatings businesses supply high performance coatings, primarily to business-to-business customers. We are increasingly incorporating low energy processes and working to reduce our carbon footprint across the value chain. Innovation is also key to our product development, which is often highly technical in order to meet strict customer specifications. Particular emphasis is placed on supplying products that offer environmental benefits for our customers. The aim is to help us create economic, environmental and social value. We continue to be committed to safety, as well as our talent development programs and our contribution to various community [...]

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Value creation summary

We are a major producer of specialty chemicals, supplying key products to business-to-business customers. We utilize inherently high energy processes and focus strongly on reducing carbon footprint and energy use, while saving costs in our own operations. Developing close relationships with our customers – and helping them create value – is key to our ongoing success, along with efficient processes, an increased focus on eco-premium solutions and renewable energy and a high level of innovation. The aim is to help us create economic, social and environmental value. Social value can be increased by our continued focus on safety, as well as our talent development [...]

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Value creation

AkzoNobel is working in all regions on early detection of long-term societal needs which shape our innovation, including resource scarcity. These insights bring new business opportunities, support swift business adaptation and enable first mover advantage. We drive our sustainable business imperatives through our products, programs, processes and partnerships. The following are some practical examples, including how they contribute to the global development agenda, represented by the UN SDGs (those most relevant to AkzoNobel are shown above). Products: Coatings which improve the energy efficiency of old buildings* Our new Dulux Trade Plus range was devised after [...]

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Supervisory Board activities

[...] attendance record of the individual members of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board attaches great value to the attendance of its meetings by each Supervisory Board member. However, if Supervisory Board members are unable to attend a Supervisory Board or committee meeting, they inform the relevant Chairman, stating the reason. They also have the opportunity to discuss any agenda items with the relevant Chairman. Attendance is expressed as the number of meetings attended out of the number eligible to attend. The Supervisory Board notes the low absenteeism rate from Supervisory Board and committee meetings in 2017. Supervisory Board attendance record SB AC RC [...]

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Supervisory Board Chairman’s statement

[...] businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals. This logical next step will generate superior value creation than the alternatives, with substantially fewer risks, uncertainties and social costs. It will enable AkzoNobel to thrive, both to the benefit of its shareholders and the communities in which it operates worldwide. The unsolicited and non-binding proposals from PPG which were received during the year were carefully and thoroughly reviewed, in consultation with our internal and external financial advisors and legal counsel. The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management unanimously concluded that PPG’s proposals undervalued AkzoNobel, failed [...]

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Board of Management and Executive Committee

[...] company’s operational and financial targets, its sustainability performance and its pursuit of long-term value creation. In fulfilling their duties, Board of Management members are assisted by the Executive Committee and guided by the interests of the company and its affiliated enterprises, taking into consideration the relevant interests of the company’s stakeholders. The Board of Management and Executive Committee promote openness and engagement through a SpeakUp! grievance mechanism and have established a Code of Conduct, directives, rules, guidelines and manuals incorporated in the company’s Directives framework, in order to drive a culture of good [...]

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Our strategy

In 2017, we announced the decision to create two focused, high performing companies – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – with separation due to take place by April 2018. Pursuing this strategy will drive a step-change in growth and value creation and enable both businesses to become more agile, while accelerating profitability. Increased financial guidance was also announced for the two new businesses. 1 Excluding unallocated corporate center costs; assumes no significant market disruption 2 Excluding unallocated corporate center costs and invested capital; assumes no significant market disruption 3 Specialty Chemicals separation 4 Based on reported [...]

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Medium-term risks

[...] implementation of major transforming technologies • International operations • Strategic moves in our value chain External – Operational Internal – Operational • Sourcing of raw materials and energy • Attraction and retention of talent • Product liability • Production process risks • Environmental risks and liabilities • Management of change • Information technology External – Financial • Post-retirement benefits • Fluctuations in exchange rates External – Compliance • Complying with laws and regulations External - Strategic Global economy and the geo-political context The world’s geo-political situation remains unpredictable and, [...]

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AkzoNobel on the capital markets

[...] 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 April 2018. Subsequent management changes have taken place during the year. However, both the Investor Relations team and management have continued to attend conferences – as well as hold meetings with investors and analysts – while a program of meetings was arranged in the latter half of the year to introduce the new CEO. AkzoNobel also announced a range of measures during [...]

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