AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UKI is a leading Decorative Paints manufacturer, whose brands include Dulux, Cuprinol and Hammerite. The business employs over 2,000 people in the UK and has factories in Slough, Stowmarket and Cork – with a new state-of-the-art site being built in Ashington.
AkzoNobel, are committed to an agenda of radical resource efficiency. Through their Planet Possible sustainability strategy, they aim to improve significantly their carbon reduction and resource efficiency activities.
Their work on sustainability has been widely recognised and they have been number one on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for four consecutive years.
Last year the Decorative Paints UK division was re – accredited with the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for the second time, recognising its reduction efforts in greenhouse emissions, waste and water management.
AkzoNobel has an ongoing strategy to address the leftover paint issue in the UK. In 2015, it launched its ReColour initiative, aimed at to recycling waste paint. A key participant is Community RePaint, who Dulux have sponsored since 1993. Community RePaint comprise of a network of over 70 paint re-use schemes across the UK who collect leftover and surplus paint and redistribute it to those in social need. In 2015 they redistributed over 300,000 litres of paint which benefitted 31,997 individuals and 2,477 organisations.
ReColour continues to strengthen and AkzoNobel, together with Community RePaint, have opened two innovative, not-for-profit, paint recycling centers at the Community RePaint schemes in Cambridgeshire and the Wirral. Here, they are able to create an affordable recycled paint range called RePaint in large quantities and to a quality standard from the leftover paint they collect. This means more and more charities and communities can benefit.
AkzoNobel Decorative Paint UKI also continues to build on the positive impact they have on local communities. Their community initiative to positively colour 1 million lives by 2020 has supported many refurbishment projects across the country as well as young people through programmes with the Outward Bound Trust, CRASH and many others.