AkzoNobel India and SOS Childrens Villages of India partner to paint the future of youth

AkzoNobel India and SOS Childrens Villages of India partner to paint the future of youth

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AkzoNobel, a leading global Paints and Coatings company and makers of Dulux Paints in India has announced their India partnership with SOS Childrens Villages of India. The collaboration aims to uplift the lives of young people under the care of SOS Childrens Villages of India through AkzoNobels Lets Colour program, run under AkzoNobels flagship Dulux brand. The initiative is designed to use education and renovation to drive a positive impact on youth unemployment.

As part of the kick-off activity, employees of AkzoNobel India came together to paint the community hall as well as ten family homes of SOS Childrens Village Greenfield in Faridabad.

Speaking about the association, Rajiv Rajgopal, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India said, Skill development has been a focus of our corporate social responsibility initiative in India. Supporting the Skill India Mission, 3500 underprivileged youth have been trained at AkzoNobels Paint Academies in India till date. We are delighted to launch the India chapter of our global partnership with SOS Childrens Villages of India. This association aims at supporting the youth under the care of SOS Indiato enhance their employability by means of improving their communication skills through training. More than 300 youth are expected to benefit from this association.

Emphasising on the need of more such programmes, Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Childrens Villages of India said, Initiatives like these offer great encouragement and support to our efforts in transforming the lives of once parentless and abandoned children under our care and mainstreaming them in society. Proficiency in English is critical to shape the future of the youth; even more so since they belong to the vulnerable section of society. SOS India is happy to partner with AkzoNobelunder its YouthCan! Initiative, in empowering these youth, while providing them the best of language skills to earn their living in the most dignified way.

The global partnership between AkzoNobel and SOS Childrens Villages International, launched in 2017, is part of AkzoNobels Lets Colour initiative, run under AkzoNobels well-known Dulux brand in India. Being a member of YouthCan! Platform AkzoNobel contributed creating more employment opportunities for young people at risk around the world. Through our Lets Colour programs and professional painters academies we trained nearly 1,000 young people on painting, entrepreneurship- and soft skills across countries like Argentina, Belgium, China, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan and Indonesia. In 2018, Lets Colour SOS Childrens Villages programs were activated across 10 countries and up to 14 countries is expected to be included in the program in 2019.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. Were experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

About AkzoNobel India

AkzoNobel India has been present in India for over 60 years and is a significant player in the paints industry. In 2008, the company became a member of the AkzoNobel Group. With employee strength of over 1,800, AkzoNobel India has manufacturing sites, offices and a distribution network spread across the country. All manufacturing facilities have a state-of-the art environmental management system. Its commitment to Health, Safety,

Environment & Security (HSE&S) has been among the best in class globally, with due care being taken to protect the people and the environment.