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Sustainability

Our commitment to leadership in sustainability is anchored in our corporate values. We want to create more value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – while, at the same time, reducing our environmental footprint.

Sustainability strategy 2030: Achieving more with less

  • Our long-term goal is to triple the value we create through our business operations in relation to the environmental footprint of our products and services by 2030. We refer to this goal as “Factor 3”.
  • In 2016 Henkel developed three key drivers for the coming years: We aim to strengthen our foundation, boost employee engagement and maximize our impact.

Interim targets 2016-2020

  • By 2020, the company intends to reduce CO2 emissions of its production sites, water use and waste volume by 30 percent per ton of product compared to 2010. Occupational safety is to be improved by 40 percent and sales by 22 percent per ton of product.
  • The achievement of these targets would result in an overall efficiency improvement of 75 percent by 2020 compared to 2010. 

Sustainability targets until 2020 and progress made in 2017


Six focal areas

We are concentrating our activities on six focal areas that reflect the key challenges of sustainable development as they relate to our operations.

Three of them describe how we want to create “more value” for our customers and consumers, our employees, our shareholders and for the communities we operate in:

  • Social progress
  • Performance
  • Safety and health

The three other areas describe the ways in which we want to reduce our environmental footprint:

  • Energy and climate
  • Materials and waste
  • Water and wastewater

Sustainability ambassadors: Making a contribution

We want to anchor our understanding of sustainability more broadly across society. For this reason, we initiated the sustainability ambassador program in 2012.

  • When it comes to implementing our sustainability strategy, it is our people who make the difference – through their dedication, skills and knowledge. Because of this, we want to further develop and boost our people’s engagement in sustainability.
  • Therefore, Henkel launched the Sustainability Ambassador program in 2012 to encourage our employees to engage even more strongly with the topic of sustainability. 
  • Since then, Henkel has trained more than 50,000 ambassadors worldwide – through a well-directed eLearning program, as well as team training sessions.
  • Within our school project, our Sustainability Ambassadors visit schools to teach children about sustainable behavior in the home. This helps the students to understand how to use resources efficiently. The children multiply the impact by imparting their knowledge and their enthusiasm to others around them. 
  • By the end of 2017 we had reached over 137,000 schoolchildren in 53 countries and informed them about the topic of sustainability. 
  • In 2014, Henkel introduced the “(Y)our move toward sustainability” initiative: It encourages employees to put sustainability into practice in their day-to-day work, for example by saving energy and eating healthily. 
  • Within the “Say yes! to the future” program Henkel trains Henkel sales representatives in the topic of sustainability. They then apply this knowledge in joint projects with our trade customers – in logistics, for example.

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