Diversity & Inclusion

'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.

We have a strong commitment to bringing together the right mix in teams from across our global organization. These teams are to match our markets’ and clients’ needs in terms of knowledge, skills and cultural background. 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.

The tragic death of George Floyd and the ongoing demonstrations across the country and the world have heightened awareness of the long fight against racial injustice.  It’s heartbreaking that this isn’t the first time our society has faced this type of tragedy and discrimination, and that is simply unacceptable.

I recognize there are no perfect words to address the challenges we face as a society or the pain, anxiety and outrage that we and so many of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors are experiencing right now. Together with my North America leadership team colleagues, we have come together to listen and learn and develop a plan to address racial injustice in society and accelerate our diversity and inclusion efforts internally.

We know there is much we don’t know about what it is like to be in another’s shoes.  So, we believe it starts with listening, and we continue to have conversations with our employees, our customers and our communities.  We also want to share our key beliefs and commitments:

  • We believe companies have the responsibility to act, and we stand strongly against racial discrimination and police brutality.
  • We know more must be done. We will accelerate and further strengthen our internal diversity and inclusion programs to raise understanding, prevent racism and do our part to bring an end to racial injustice in our society. 
  • We recognize that we cannot do it alone, and we will make donations to multiple charities that work to ensure racial justice and equality. Two examples are donations to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the United Negro College Fund.
  • We also take on responsibility to be better listeners, within our employee communities and those where we live, to better our understanding and best direct our ongoing efforts and action. 

Diversity is deeply embedded in our company culture. We believe treating each other with kindness, respect, and dignity promotes an inclusive culture that helps everyone be their best.  Within our workplace, the diversity of our employees, their backgrounds, experiences, talents, knowledge, creativity, and the appreciation of all their individual differences mirrors the diversity of our customers, consumers and communities, and forms the foundation for our continued success.

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.

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.

Diversity & Inclusion is firmly anchored in our corporate culture. 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. This is why we put particular emphasis on strengthening inclusive leadership.

We value, challenge, and reward our people. This means we are a global team united by a strong set of values. We treat each other with respect, develop our capabilities, and promote diversity in all relevant dimensions. We take personal responsibility, always act with integrity, and lead by example.

North America Employee Resource Groups

At Henkel, we recognize the diversity of our employees and building an inclusive culture are keys to our success. Diversity and inclusion enables us to foster an environment where employees feel energized and empowered to demonstrate their creativity and innovation in driving our goals and priorities. As one important part of this effort, Henkel North America sponsors Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

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. 

ERGs across our Henkel North America sites include: 

  • Asian American 
  • Black / African American 
  • Emerging leaders
  • LGBTQ - Pride
  • Multicultural
  • Women's leadership

Supplier Diversity

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.

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