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2015-09-10

Akzo Nobel NV: AkzoNobel ranked top of DJSI for fourth year in a row

September 10, 2015

AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the influential Dow Jones
Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year.
The latest listing, published today, places the company first out of more than
350 companies in the Materials industry group. As well as underlining
AkzoNobel's commitment to continuous improvement, the ranking also highlights
how the DJSI can play a key role in driving innovation that benefits
customers and the whole value chain.

"This result reinforces our belief that sustainability should sit at the heart
of our business strategy," said CEO Ton Büchner. "The DJSI is an extremely
effective strategic tool for managing sustainability and business
performance, and today's ranking reflects the importance we attach to working
closely with customers in order to develop more sustainable solutions."

The company has now been placed in the top three for ten years in a row and
aims to generate 20 percent of its revenue from sustainable solutions by
2020. The DJSI will play an important role in achieving this, as it gives
added momentum to AkzoNobel's Planet Possible sustainability strategy.

"We've developed great products such as additives that allow asphalt to be
laid at low temperatures and solar-reflective exterior paint that reduces a
building's energy use up to 15 percent," adds Büchner. "But innovation is
only part of the story. The DJSI also helps us to make advances in terms of
becoming more eco-efficient, improving the safety of our products, attracting
and retaining talent and improving relationships with our customers."

The benefits of working closely with customers are typified by the company's
cooperation with passenger ferry operator Baleària, which involves supplying
sustainable coatings from AkzoNobel's Intersleek range that prevent marine
organisms from sticking to a ship's hull - helping them to travel more
smoothly, use less fuel and produce less emissions.

"We wanted to use this new technology due to its fuel-saving potential and the
positive environmental impact of using biocide-free technology on our
passenger vessels in the Mediterranean Sea," explained managing fleet
director Guillermo Alomar. "The performance improvement was immediately
apparent and analysis of the first year of sailing data confirms a
significant fuel saving of over 12 percent."

Widely regarded as the most respected independent sustainability ranking
system, the DJSI World Index benchmarks the sustainability performance of
leading companies based on environmental, social and economic performance,
including forward-looking indicators.

It assesses various criteria, including supply chain management, operational
eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development and
occupational health and safety.

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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply
industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable
technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing
planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately
46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known
brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently
ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, we are committed
to making life more liveable and our cities more human.

Not for publication - for more information

Corporate Media Relations AkzoNobel
T +31 20 502 7833

Contact: Paul Thomas

AkzoNobel media release pdf
http://hugin.info/130660/R/1950850/709408.pdf
Planet Possible logo
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