Our Planet Possible commitment is fundamental to delivering our vision for a brighter future. This includes delivering a brighter future to our employees and their families, our local communities (and some not so local). Our aim is to positively colour their lives and to bring colour to the lives of the next generation.
Keeping our employees safe and enabling them to thrive
Safety is in our DNA: we believe that nothing we do is worth getting hurt for, and that work related injuries and illnesses can be prevented.
Embedded Safety is a strategic focus area, introducing core processes to manage operational risk at every location. We follow the principles of behaviour-based safety (BBS), applying the science of human behaviour to industrial safety focused on what people do and why they do it with an intervention strategy to improve outcomes.
We believe that our people need to Thrive: Wellbeing is important for us as individuals and as a business. Happy, fit and healthy people are more likely to enjoy their work, be engaged and remain loyal. Therefore, we have established our Thrive initiative, offering support and benefits to promote health and wellbeing at work.
Inspiring and supporting the next generation
AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK & Ireland is firmly committed to inspiring and unlocking the potential of the next generation, working with some great organisations here in the UK & Ireland and also further afield.
The Outward Bound Trust
Since 2004, one of our major charitable partners has been The Outward Bound Trust, which. aims to unlock the potential of young and often disadvantaged people through safe but challenging outdoor experiences, raising their self-esteem and preparing them to face the future with confidence. In 2013 we:
- Supported 492 children to go on an Outward bound experience
- Provided 11 mentors and supported 11 schools across the UK
- Raised over £10k through the sale of can openers, stirrers and carrier bags in our Dulux Decorator Centres
- Raised £120,000 towards the refurbishment of the Ullswater site through the "Ride Across Britain" Cycle Ride
PROTEC (Programme for Technological Careers)
Since 2010 we have supported Protec a non-profit educational charity in Durban, South Africa, providing additional schooling in Maths, Science & Technology for underprivileged children, with financial support for their summer schools. Since it began in 1982 PROTEC has trained over 32,000 educators and more than 28,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been involved in its programmes.
67% of those students completed their Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Learner Excellence Programme and found careers in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Dulux Decorator Centres' Young Apprentice of the Year
The DDC Apprentice of the Year competition encourages talent and best practice in the decorating industry. The competition - a practical test of painting, wallpapering and some special effects - provides a challenging and rewarding experience young painters and decorators. If successful they receive over £2,000 in prizes and the legendary award of '2014 Dulux Decorator Centres' Apprentice of the Year' to add to their CV and mantelpiece.