When sustainability is woven into a company’s DNA

June 01, 2020 | 08:37
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Being passionate about sustainability for decades, AkzoNobel has long pursued a sustainable journey on three key pillars: people, plane, and paint. By developing sustainably and comprehensively, AkzoNobel is aiming to not only provide its customers with products that meet their needs, but also to contribute to the community as well as environment more fresh and livable spaces.
when sustainability is woven into a companys dna
AkzoNobel has been promoting sustainable projects in Vietnam for several years

As a result, the sustainable company inside-out has been resonating not only with its paint products but also meaningful projects to innovate communities, which was confirmed through being ranked in top position for sustainable effort.

In 2017, AkzoNobel showed its position as a global leader in sustainability with the first rank in the chemicals supersector on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes - one of the most prestigious rating indexes, for the fifth time in six years.

Besides this, the company has received various certificates of sustainability for its products and technology. For instance, Dulux and Maxilite, AkzoNobel’s two famous brands, are the very first products in the Vietnam paints market to be certified Green Label by the Singapore Environment Council and to have obtained the certification of compliance with the nation’s technical regulations by Quality Assurance and Testing Centre 3, a sci-tech centre of the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam.

To ensure the best ideas are developed for the benefit of future generations, AkzoNobel is seeking out and promoting diversity of thought through a new ecosystem for innovation by launching Paint the Future - an innovation challenge with an open invitation to collaborate and turn exciting potential into brilliant reality.

In March last year, the company launched AkzoNobel Cares, an amalgamation of social programmes including the Community Programme, Let’s Colour repainting projects, and the Education Fund, as well as smaller local activities. Throughout this work, AkzoNobel aimed to deliver shared value by helping communities and building pride that team members hold in the company.

At the end of last year, AkzoNobel was also honoured as one of the top 100 sustainable businesses in Vietnam through an annual event by the Benchmarking and Ranking Sustainable Business Programme, marking the third year in a row it had achieved this.

Pamela Phua, general director of AkzoNobel Paints Vietnam, shared, “Sustainability is always in our top of our mind and all about everything we do. It’s also the best way to give back to the community and to create a more sustainable future. Being recognised with prestigious certifications, it has shown that we’re on the right track and motivates us to do more with less.”

In Vietnam, AkzoNobel has also implemented many activities towards its sustainable development goals. Recently, AkzoNobel consecutively introduced new environmentally-friendly products with low volatile organic compound (VOC) and innovative technologies that can help promote smart and green architecture in the country.

In addition, the company also accompanied many seminars and workshops on smart cities and urban heritage preservation.

By Hoang Anh

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