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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.


Become a climate-neutral business by decarbonizing our operations and raw materials.

Climate change is one of the major global challenges of our time. We are committed to the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement. We take climate change and its impacts into account as part of our sustainability and risk management and across our entire value chain.

In light of the need to reduce emissions and decarbonize the economy, we pursue the ambition of converting our production sites to a climate-positive CO2 balance by 2030. In addition, we will set a Net-Zero pathway for our emissions along the value chain, which will make an active contribution toward climate protection.


Advance circularity through our products, packaging and technologies.

Decoupling economic growth from the consumption of finite natural and fossil resources and developing a circular economy are key approaches to sustainable value creation and climate protection.

At Henkel, we recognize our responsibility related to packaging. We’re committed to promoting sustainability and bring this commitment to life through a set of ambitious targets. Our strategy is built around the circular economy concept and focuses on including materials from sustainable sources and using a smart packaging design to close the loop. We partner with organizations from along the packaging value chain to drive progress in the infrastructure for recycling.

Henkel is also pursuing a variety of approaches to implement closed-loop recycling in its own production processes. In this area, we emphasize efficient waste management at our sites.


Protect and restore biodiversity with a focus on forests, land and water, and ensure responsible resource stewardship.

Growing consumption and resource scarcity due to an increasing global population and accelerated economic activity are putting more and more
pressure on ecosystems. The negative effects are already being felt: according to a report published by IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), human activities
are threatening nearly one million species with extinction.

Conserving species diversity and biodiversity is important to Henkel, as intact ecosystems and soil biodiversity are essential as a basis for sustainable agriculture and the use of raw materials in production. Our sustainability strategy aims to protect and restore biodiversity – with a particular focus on forests, land and water. In addition to applying these principles to the activities at our own sites, we also promote the responsible management of raw materials and the use of ingredients based on renewable raw materials.

Careful use of water as an important resource

The Earth’s water resources are unequally distributed, they are also threatened by climate change as well as increasing pollution and overuse. We recognize the importance of using this resource responsibly, particularly as healthy water ecosystems are key to protecting biodiversity.

At Henkel, water plays an important role along our value chain. We use water as a part of our production processes and as an ingredient in our products. Many of our products also require water during the use phase.

For this reason, reducing water usage during the production and use of our products is important for us. In order to identify suitable approaches for improvement, we have worked closely with various stakeholders. For example, we are investigating our impact on water along the value chain. This includes examining the water footprint of raw materials, our production processes and the consumption of water during the use of our products, as well as the treatment of wastewater. In our new water position, we further outline our approach to engaging in responsible water stewardship.