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Corporate Volunteering

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.

By establishing Corporate Volunteering (MIT Initiative) in 1998, Henkel became one of the first German companies to include the voluntary social engagement of its employees and retirees as a significant element of its corporate social responsibility policy. By supporting their employee’s social engagement, Henkel sees important benefits. Better teamwork, greater motivation in their job and closer identification with their employer are just some of the positive results that volunteers report. Furthermore, the volunteers play a pivotal role as a link between Henkel and its social environment.

Cargo of dreams

Henkel employees in Bridgewater, New Jersey, volunteered over 800 hours of their time to turn a cargo shipping container into a classroom for kindergarten students in South Africa. Thanks to MIT funds, enthusiastic volunteers, generous product donations and global collaboration, this unique project connects hands and hearts more than 8,000 miles apart. Henkel provided a $12,500 MIT grant to support the project and Henkel Consumer Goods donated Dial hand soap and Purex laundry detergent. On Nov. 3, 2015, a container measuring 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and almost 9 feet tall was delivered to the Bridgewater site, and over 13 months, employee volunteers worked tirelessly to convert the container into a kindergarten classroom. Henkel employees in Alrode, South Africa, will ensure the container arrives safely in Capetown and reaches its final destination in George.