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The Accountability Council (AC) is tasked with evaluating the actions of the Board and providing advice on a number of key areas. The Council is made up of eight members.

In 2018, these were:

  • Two members appointed by DSM Nederland: Henk Bosch (Deputy Chairman) and Ruud van Ool
  • Two members appointed by the employees: Marc Silvertand en Henk Lukkezen
  • Four members appointed from and by the pensioners: Martin Aertsen (Chairman), Dirk van den Bos, John van Engelen and Harry Govers

The AC’s composition changed in 2018. On April 1, 2018, Dirk van den Bos joined as a replacement for Harm Noppers, as representative of the pensioners, and on June 1, 2018, Henk Lukkezen joined as a replacement for Gerard van der Westen.


From left to right: Martin Aertsen (Chair), Marc Silvertand, Henk Lukkezen, Ruud van Ool, Henk Bosch (Deputy Chair), Dirk van den Bos and John van Engelen.
Harry Govers is not present on the photo.

The Accountability Council evaluates the actions and policy of the Board, with particular attention to a number of key focus areas formulated by the Council. For 2018, these were: strategy, governance, investments, communication and succession planning.

AC’s evaluation for 2018

The AC is positive about the amount of work that the Board has done, both as regards the accumulated gap and the strategy update and design of the governance structure.
Unfortunately, due to external circumstances, it is not possible to grant indexation this year again.
Despite all efforts, the various management roles and other positions on the committees have not yet been filled.
The AC is therefore concerned about the pace at which all ‘suppliers’ can provide candidates of undisputed quality. According to the AC, there must be a further evaluation of the management model and its implementation at the end of 2019.