Product Stewardship

Product Stewardship is one of the cornerstones of a sustainable business, and is therefore in-corporated into the company’s HSE and operational eco-efficiency agenda for 2011-2015.
Our definition of Product Stewardship is “The responsible management of the health, safety and environmental aspects of a product throughout its lifecycle”. It is a commitment to gain better control over hazardous substances in our products and to replace materials with unacceptable risk. This will ensure that our materials and products can continue to be used by all stakeholders in a safe and cost effective manner.
Product Stewardship is inherent in all aspects of AkzoNobel’s culture and the manner it does business.
Guiding Principles apply to all AkzoNobel businesses in all regions of the world.
Out targets in this field are:
  • To provide information to stakeholders about the health and safety aspects of products;
  • To provide guidelines for safe transport and handling during storage, application and use of products;
  • To evaluate the use of hazardous raw materials and to take action to ensure they are used safely;
  • To eliminate products and processes that are harmful to safety, health and/or the environment;
To assess all “priority substances” used by AkzoNobel, using modern risk assessment techniques, and to take all actions required to ensure safe use by 2015.