Social engagement is part of our sense of responsibility and firmly embedded in our corporate values.
Social engagement – or corporate citizenship – has always been an integral part of our sense of responsibility as a company. This is a tradition that dates back to our founder, Fritz Henkel, and is firmly embedded in our corporate values. Together with our employees, retirees, customers and consumers, Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung are able to support sustainable social projects around the world. They both support activities in the areas of social needs, education and science, fitness and health, arts and culture, and the environment.
Additional information can be found in our Sustainability Report.
Corporate Citizenship in North America
We care and we act to do our part to improve the quality of life in our communities across North America.
When the coronavirus struck the world, Henkel created a Global Solidarity Program to aid communities in the fight against COVID-19. In 2020, the North America region donated more than $750,000 and more than 1.7 million units of our essential household and personal hygiene products.
As our Global Solidarity Program donations centered on basic needs of food and shelter, medical supplies and disaster relief, we also continued our support of organizations that champion equity for all, increase access to education, and serve health and housing needs.
Donations are only a part of our commitment to society. We are proud of our 9,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada for their caring spirit and activism in their communities to improve life for others. Through the Make an Impact on Tomorrow (MIT) initiative, launched globally in 1998, Henkel supports the volunteer work of employees and retirees.
Enjoy highlights of our community support and impact in 2020.
As part of our corporate engagement, we support our employees and retirees in their social volunteering activities in the communities where they operate, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions worldwide.
Through the Make an Impact on Tomorrow initiative, that was launched globally in 1998, Henkel encourages and supports the volunteer efforts of employees and retirees. Voluntary social engagement of employees and retirees is a significant element of our corporate social responsibility policy. By supporting our employees’ social engagement, Henkel sees important benefits. Better teamwork, greater motivation in their job and stronger company team spirit are just some of the positive results reported by Henkel volunteers.
As part of our corporate engagement, we enter into social partnerships in the communities where Henkel operates, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions.
Education is a basic prerequisite for both individual development and for society. It is for this reason education initiatives are among the priorities of our corporate engagement. In cooperation with the Fritz Henkel Stiftung we support ideas and programs that provide answers to societal problems and challenges. A particular focus of our work are children and young adults. In addition, we support sports clubs, hospitals, schools and universities, charitable organizations, and cultural events. We do not support political parties.
Henkel’s sustainability ambassadors: To anchor our understanding of sustainability even more firmly within the company, we want to train all of our employees and encourage them to become sustainability ambassadors.
In addition to Henkel’s corporate engagement aligned with our Sustainability Strategy, our brands also enter social partnerships worldwide.
Our partners and our people are key to driving sustainability along our social partnership activities and in all areas of life. In co-operation with the Fritz Henkel Stiftung our brands support them with products and expertise. They make the difference through their commitment, skills and knowledge, both in their daily business actions and in our communities, where they contribute to sustainability.
After natural disasters, Henkel responds quickly providing aid through our foundation, the Fritz Henkel Stiftung, wherever it is needed in the world. In providing this assistance, we take care to ensure that 100 percent of all third-parties donations are passed on to the people affected.