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AkzoNobel makes 100 Resilient Cities Commitment to Action to Clinton Global Initiative

September 22, 2014

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The Clinton Global Initiative today acknowledged AkzoNobel's promise to help cities around the world build more resilience to the challenges of the 21st century.

The commitment – officially made by AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York – establishes a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

As well as compiling an urban resilience guide for cities, AkzoNobel has also committed to undertaking special projects in four cities named on the 100 Resilient Cities list. In addition, the company will make its expertise in paints, coatings and chemicals available to the program’s advisory committees.

"Partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities is a natural fit for AkzoNobel, following the launch of our Human Cities initiative in June," explained Büchner. "It offers further proof of our serious commitment to tackling the many challenges being faced by some of the world’s biggest urban areas."

He added that by making a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, AkzoNobel is reinforcing its position as a key player in the whole area of urban resilience and regeneration, helping planners and policy-makers to build more capacity and adaptability into city systems, businesses and communities.

"As an industry leader with operations in 80 countries, we are uniquely positioned to play a key role in building resilient cities across the globe, both in terms of physically safeguarding infrastructure and creating a stronger sense of community, identity and belonging," continued Büchner.

"We therefore believe we can make a vital contribution and take positive action to help make city life more enjoyable, inspiring and vibrant for people all over the world."


Commenting on the announcement of AkzoNobel’s commitment, Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities said: "We are proud to join with AkzoNobel in our efforts to build resilience in cities around the world. AkzoNobel is on the cutting edge of developing resilience building tools, and we look forward to working with them to deliver those tools to cities. One of the key tenets of our organization is to influence the market, and help the private sector understand what additional resilience building tools cities need – this partnership will help us deliver on that promise."

AkzoNobel's Human Cities initiative is built on six key pillars – color, heritage, transport, education, sport and leisure, sustainability – and is designed to engage with the challenges and opportunities posed by 21st century cities.

Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative encourages global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

100 Resilient Cities is a program launched by The Rockefeller Foundation designed to help cities become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Read more about our commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative on this page.