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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 globally operating company, Henkel employs people from 120 nations in more than 75 countries. Almost 85 percent of our employees work outside Germany, and more than half of them in emerging markets. ”Creating sustainable value” is our purpose that unites all of us at Henkel. 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.

Facts and Figures

Diversity Charters

Diversity Charters encourage organizations to develop and implement diversity and inclusion policies. By signing a charter, Henkel voluntarily commits to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace, regardless of age, disability, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation.

Voluntary Commitment: Diversity Charter

Following a supervisory Board Meeting with 140 executives at the regional headquarters, Kathrin Menges (Executive Vice President Human Resources) and Günter Thumser (President of Henkel CEE) signed the Diversity Charter on behalf of Henkel Austria.

Voluntary Commitment: Diversity Charter

In 2014, top executives signed the Diversity Charter in a Town Hall Meeting, underlining the importance of its values for the company.

Voluntary Commitment: Member of the German Charter of Diversity

Since the establishment of the Charter of Diversity in 2006, more than 1300 companies and institutions have confessed to the contents of the Charter. Henkel was one of the first companies that has committed itself to the Charter and is a founding member of the association which continues the initiative as a charitable organization since 2011.

Voluntary Commitment: Diversity Charter

By signing the Diversity Charter in 2009, Henkel Italy clearly states its commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.