We actively contribute to people being able to lead better lives through our business and brands. To support and build communities that are viable for generations to come and to ensure quality of life, we focus on equity, education, and wellbeing.
Our focus lies in strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion, respecting human rights, and enhancing the livelihoods of people. At Henkel North America, there are 8 ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) with 19 active chapters consisting of more than 1,000 employees participating on building an inclusive culture.
Pictured here are Henkel ERG leaders and friends as they provide elbow grease and more to help build a duplex with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, Michigan.
Through our partnership with Solidaridad, for example, we have worked together for a decade to make sustainable palm oil production a reality while at the same time helping smallholder farmers improve their income. When rural smallholders earn more, the benefits often reverberate through their entire communities — for example in the form of new public services like daycare centers or healthcare clinics.
For individual farmers, increased income can lead to investments in education, health, access to global markets and raw materials of higher quality.
Education is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to change. We support lifelong learning and motivate people to take action for sustainability. Bringing this educational approach to future generations, our global initiative Henkel Researchers’ World (known as “Forscherwelt” in German) cultivates curiosity and builds engagement with science, technology, engineering, and math in young people. Launched in 2021 in Stamford, Connecticut, in partnership with the local nonprofit Mill River Park, the US program has already reached more than 1,000 children while worldwide more than 91,000 children have already participated since its launch in 2011. In extension to the Researchers’ World classroom, the Discovery Cart shown here can bring lessons to to children directly.
We foster health and wellbeing to help drive social progress. One way for Henkel employees to give back is through our Make an Impact on Tomorrow (MIT) program that supports thriving communities through employee volunteering. Since the MIT initiative was launched in 1998, Henkel has provided $41 million to support over 17,000 charitable projects in more than 100 countries. In 2022, the work of Henkel volunteers in North America impacted the lives of more than 110,000 people.
For example, Henkel funded and built a playground at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center that is made from 100 percent recycled plastic.
We are committed to product quality and safety while ensuring business success through integrity. To that end, we focus on performance, transparency, and collaboration.
Connecting our approach to collaboration to our DEI commitment, we launched our Supplier Diversity Program in North America to provide more opportunities for collaboration to certified suppliers interested in doing business with Henkel. Our Diversity Supplier Program helps to link high-performing diverse suppliers to Henkel strategy to ensure inclusive and dynamic supply base and support the growth of minority suppliers. In 2022, Henkel purchased $93M with women and minority-owned businesses and continues to mentor Minority Business Enterprises through coaching and information sessions.
Our commitment to purposeful growth
Sustainability is a central element in our vision of the future. We want to actively drive the transformation to a sustainable economy and society, help protect and regenerate nature, contribute to strong communities and strengthen the trust of our stakeholders. Our Purpose – Pioneers at heart for the good of generations – underlines this tradition and ambition: We are working today on the sustainable solutions of tomorrow. And in doing so, we are helping to reimagine and improve lives – today and for generations to come.