Company Monitor – Akzo Nobel in Mexico
The Company Monitor analyzes the performance of Ahold, Unilever, Philips and Akzo Nobel in six countries. The surveyed companies were chosen based on three criteria: operate in different countries, in various sectors and be known to the Dutch public. For five years these companies were monitored in developing countries, noting aspects of rights and labor relations, in addition to working conditions. The central issue is to verify that in this period there was no improvement in the situation of workers.
Akzo Nobel’s Presence in Mexico
The various facilities of Akzo Nobel in Mexico belong to three product groups: Pharmaceuticals, Coatings, and Chemicals. The Pharmaceuticals group is comprised of three Business Units (BUs) active in Mexico: Diosynth, Intervet and Organon. The Chemicals group is basically represented by Polymer Chemicals in Mexico. The Coatings group (represented with the BU Industrial Coatings) located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, could not be included in the research because of delayed responses from this group’s administrators.