Our sustainability strategy is inspired by our purpose: Pioneers at heart for the good of generations. With our pioneering spirit, our knowledge, our products and technologies, we want to enrich and improve the lives of billions of people every day – and shape a viable future for the next generations.
As reflected in our corporate values, we are committed to leadership in sustainability. As leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increasing our economic success.
Sustainability is thus 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 2030+ Sustainability Ambition Framework sets our long-term ambitions in the three dimensions of Regenerative Planet, Thriving Communities and Trusted Partner and links to our high aspiration of achieving a “Transformational Impact for the Good of Generations”.
Looking ahead, we are well prepared: sustainability is deeply anchored in our business strategy and alive in our purpose. With that foundation, our sustainable transformation continues!
Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council
We are on a journey toward an environmental transformation of our business model. To achieve this ambition, we intend to transform our processes, products and use of raw materials in the direction of a resource-efficient, climate-neutral future. We are focusing on climate change mitigation measures, a functional circular economy and the protection of nature and biodiversity.
We do everything we can to help people live better lives. Our social responsibility is to promote equity, strengthen diversity and respect human rights. We offer our employees lifelong learning opportunities, and an attractive and healthy working environment. We advocate for social progress and access to education worldwide, and we provide assistance in emergency situations.
We will help people live better lives. Our social responsibility is to promote equal opportunity, strengthen diversity and respect human rights. We offer our employees lifelong learning opportunities and an attractive and healthy working environment. We advocate for social progress and access to education worldwide and we provide assistance in emergency situations.
Reliably deliver best-in-class product performance and chemical safety as the foundation of our business success.
Integrate sustainability into our business governance with transparent reporting, disclosure and engagement.
Collaboration & partnerships
WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel joined the WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders.
U.S. Plastics Pact
In 2020, Henkel joined the U.S. Plastics Pact as a founding member. This collaborative, solutions-driven initiative unifies approaches to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics.
Plastic Waste Coalition of Action
In 2020, Henkel joined 36 members of The Consumer Goods Forum, to commit to curb plastic pollution problem in a CEO-led Plastic Waste Coalition of Action.
The Climate Pledge is an international cross-industry commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism. As a signatory, Henkel has committed to forward-thinking and an ambitious commitment to climate change.
Apple Supplier Clean Energy Program
As part of the Apple Supplier Clean Energy Program, Henkel joins other suppliers to power their Apple production with 100 percent renewable energy by 2021.
Since 2016, Henkel has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle to optimize recyclability of its packaging.
Since 2018, Henkel has partnered with the How2Recycle label program to encourage consumer recycling of a selection of our consumer and industrial products.
The Sustainability Consortium
Henkel is a member of The Sustainability Consortium, global non-profit organization working to transform the consumer goods industry by partnering with leading companies to define, develop, and deliver more sustainable products.
In 1993, Henkel joined the World Industry Council for the Environment. In 1996, the Council merged with another industry initiative to form the WBCSD, which Henkel is also a founding member.
In the run up to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992), Henkel was one of the first companies to sign the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Charter for Sustainable Development in 1991.
In 1995, Henkel committed to the chemical industry’s international Responsible Care initiative.
Since 2017, Henkel has been partnering with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty.
To develop and promote new solutions for sustainable harvesting and use of palm oil throughout the value chain, we have been actively supporting the aim of the “Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil” (RSPO) for years.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste
In 2019 Henkel joined the Alliance to end plastic waste as one of the founding members. The global Alliance has the mission to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
“AIM-PROGRESS” is a forum set up by companies in the consumer goods industry. It was established in order to enable and promote responsible procurement practices and sustainable production systems.
Henkel is partnering with the international development organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and support smallholder farmers.
Spotlight on Sustainability
Information & Services
External sustainability assessments
Henkel’s leading role in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility is repeatedly confirmed by international rating organizations and sustainability analysts. We are pleased to be included in a multitude of ESG ratings, rankings and indices. Read more about a selection of our achievements!