AkzoNobel committed to Zero Harm and Positive Impact from products

AkzoNobel committed to Zero Harm and Positive Impact from products

Changing the world one sustainable idea at a time

Changing the world one sustainable idea at a time

I've headed up sustainability at AkzoNobel for 14 years now. During that time, I have often been utterly amazed - and disappointed - about how some segments of the corporate world (even in our own industry sector) have gone about adopting and incorporating sustainable business practices.

Britain throws away 20 Olympic swimming pools of paint a year – let’s recycle it

Britain throws away 20 Olympic swimming pools of paint a year – let’s recycle it

Despite a positive shift in attitudes about waste and recycling in recent years, there is one household product that is still being wasted in scandalous quantities: paint.

Singapore inspires the world to turn city skylines green

Singapore inspires the world to turn city skylines green

When I first heard of Singapore's target to 'green' 80% of its buildings, old and new, by 2030, I thought it was a great vision and the way to the future. But it is a challenging feat.

Business and the post-Paris climate agenda

Business and the post-Paris climate agenda

Global leaders will meet this week at the World Economic Forum to discuss the Paris Climate Agreement.

Tackling climate change: Look beyond your operations

Tackling climate change: Look beyond your operations

As Bill Gates stressed at COP21 this week at the launch of a new multi-billion dollar clean tech R&D initiative, businesses need to play a key role in delivering the low cost zero emission technology that makes tackling climate change possible.

Time for the use of lead compounds to come to an end in all paints

Time for the use of lead compounds to come to an end in all paints

The negative health effects from exposure to lead are well known, the most severe being lifelong irreversible effects on children's brains, yet in some parts of the world lead compounds are still added to paints as coloring pigments and drying agents.

Why trusted partnerships are key to driving emissions down

Why trusted partnerships are key to driving emissions down

According to the United Nations University, 40% of Europe's electrical products end up in landfill when they are no longer needed. And yet this huge mountain of e-waste thrown away each year contains 16,500 kilotons of iron, 1,900 kilotons of copper, and 300 tonnes of gold.

Safe, accessible and easy transportation is the only way to sustain well-being of cities

Safe, accessible and easy transportation is the only way to sustain well-being of cities

If you don't have any plans, Sunday 27th September might be a good day to visit Paris. Earmarked as La Journee sans voiture - literally, 'the day without cars' - city officials will will be closing off a large portion of its downtown area to cars between 11am and 6pm in a bid to reduce local air pollution in the City of Love.

Why participate in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index?

Why participate in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index?

There is always a competitive edge to sustainability ratings and rankings and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is no different. However in the race to earn the highest scores and become an industry leader it is easy to lose track of the real value and purpose of the index.