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Creating more value for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for the company – while reducing our environmental footprint at the same time. This is the idea at the heart of our sustainability strategy and its related ambitious targets.
For a long time, growth and resource consumption seemed to go hand in hand and impossible to attain one without the other. Whenever population and living standards increased, it meant using up more and more of the earth's resources. With expected population to grow to about nine billion people by the year 2050, this trend will not change anytime soon. Resource consumption will accelerate in the coming decades as natural resources such as fossil fuels or water are consumed much faster than the planet can keep producing them.
While these developments are challenges for the future, they also offer great potential: Innovating and achieving more with less will be a key to becoming sustainable. We need solutions that allow people to live a good life yet use less and less materials. This idea is at the heart of Henkel's sustainability strategy, as we strive to find new ways of growing and improving quality of life without using up more resources. We want to improve our products and solutions through innovations and smart thinking – to create more value at a reduced ecological footprint.
Our corporate value
One of our five corporate values: We are committed to leadership in sustainability. For example, we provide products, technologies and processes that meet the highest standards. We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, the protection of the environment and the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.
In 2050, about 9 billion people live well and within the resource limits of the planet (Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development).
We pioneer new solutions to sustainability challenges while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success on the basis of a long-term goal, clear targets for the years 2011 to 2015, and strategic principles.
We can triple the value we create while leaving the footprint at the same level.
Or we can reduce the environmental footprint to one third of today’s level while achieving our improvement in efficiency by delivering the same value.
In many cases, we will approach from both sides, reducing input and improving output at the same time.
We create more value for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – at a reduced environmental footprint. We see our clear sustainability strategy as a success factor and competitive advantage.