At Henkel, we promote a holistic Diversity & Inclusion approach. The diversity of our employees, their backgrounds, experiences, talents, knowledge, creativity, and the appreciation of all their individual differences are the foundation for our competitive advantage. As a multinational corporation, Henkel employs people from 120 nations in almost 80 countries. About 85 percent of our employees work outside of Germany, with more than half of them in emerging markets. We believe that a company culture focused on diversity and inclusion is the key driver of creativity, innovation, and invention. Our ability to deliver excellent results is fueled by and dependent on our ability to embed Diversity & Inclusion in our corporate culture and the way we do business.
Diversity & Inclusion
We are strongly committed to create teams that match the needs of the markets we operate in and the clients we work with, represented by an eclectic range of cultural backgrounds, skills, and knowledge. We are convinced that diverse teams stimulate innovation and new ways of problem solving; yet they need an inclusive culture and leadership to help them function at their best.
We believe treating each other with kindness, respect, and dignity promotes an inclusive culture that helps everyone be their best regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
Our strategy for Diversity & Inclusion at Henkel is centered on the following goals:
- Creating an inclusive environment that excels in developing and retaining diverse talent
- Understanding and meeting the needs of individuals so they can bring their whole selves to work
- Increasing the share of historically under-represented populations at all levels
- Recognizing and eliminating bias in processes and interactions
- Ensuring access to our products, services, and career opportunities by all population groups
We care for society
While we have always strived for an inclusive environment at Henkel, we recognize there is much more to do to strengthen our own culture and communities to be truly respectful and appreciative of everyone. We know more must be done to ensure racial justice and equality within our society and internally.
We stand against discrimination of any kind that our employees or communities may face. As an organization, we commit to accelerate and further strengthen our internal diversity and inclusion programs to increase understanding, prevent racism and do our part to bring an end to racial injustice in our society.
We recognize that we cannot accomplish the equality we’re seeking alone. Caring for communities is deep in our culture and we commit to taking action and supporting organizations that champion social justice, education and awareness. Recently, Henkel made donations to multiple charities across North America and will continue to establish partnerships with like organizations. These charities included NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the United Negro College Fund and CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals.
Henkel has a strong legacy of doing our part to build strong communities around our operations, and to making the world a better place. We are proud of our 9,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada for their caring spirit and activism in their communities. We encourage all our team members to continue to be leaders in activism, philanthropy, and community involvement - giving, advocating, and volunteering for positive change. In doing so, we all are inspiring others to participate alongside.
We all play a role
Diversity & Inclusion is a business imperative embedded in our company values. We actively promote it among our employees, raise awareness, and foster an environment that welcomes and embraces different perspectives, cultures, and diversity of thought.
It is not only an approach to meet the needs of increasingly diverse markets and stakeholders by providing creative and innovative products, services, and solutions; but it is also a company commitment to support an inclusive culture and management practice to leverage our full potential. For us, it is crucial that our leaders know and understand the commitment to Diversity & Inclusion as well as what is expected of them.
We take personal responsibility, always act with integrity, and lead by example.
We believe in a top down and bottom up approach as everyone plays a role in creating a more inclusive culture at Henkel. At a leadership level we are accountable to provide support, resources and programs that ensure every employee feels they can bring their whole selves to work every day and achieve their career goals. Among the ways we aim to empower employees at all levels to unlock their passion for making a difference are:
Diversity & Inclusion Council – comprised of thought leaders representing all areas of our organization. They are leading teams of employees to explore ideas and encourage involvement to develop and implement initiatives at a local level which strengthen our culture and engage a more diverse workforce. Council members contribute to our company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy and act as a sounding board for senior leadership.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – leverage the vast range of opinions, perspectives, and experiences throughout our workforce. ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that focus on an area of interest, connect employees in various departments and levels throughout the organization, and offer a platform for mentoring and career development support. Members of our ERGs advocate, volunteer and give back to create positive change and build community inside and outside of Henkel.
ERGs across our Henkel North America sites include:
- Asian American
- Black / African American
- Emerging Leaders
- LGBTQ - Pride
- Women's Leadership
Members of the African American Alliance ERG at their 2019 Soup-er Bowl fundraiser with all proceeds donated to the United Negro College Fund – part of their annual efforts to support education and needs in the Detroit area community.
Members of the Aerospace Cultural Alliance ERG, based in Bay Point, CA, at one the events they organized in 2019 to help build unity through diversity at Henkel and in the community.
Our mission for Supplier Diversity is to link high-performing diverse suppliers to the Henkel strategy delivering best in class sourcing solutions and ensuring an inclusive and dynamic supply base.
As part of diversity supplier efforts, Henkel is actively involved in MBE (minority business enterprise) mentoring, which includes guiding, coaching and providing encouragement to suppliers as well as engaging in supplier capability dialogue at opportunity fairs. Information sessions are held regularly to further educate potential suppliers on ways to do business with Henkel, and the company also ensures that a minority or women-owned business is included in Requests for Quotation (RFQs) where possible.
In 2019, Henkel spent over $64MM purchasing services and materials from women and minority owned suppliers. Henkel has earned supplier diversity recognition by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for three years in row from 2016 – 2019 with Henkel receiving the honor for Diversity Supplier of the Year in 2017 and 2018.