Deliver best-in-class product performance and chemical safety for our customers and consumers, as foundations of our business success.
We draw on our value-oriented corporate culture and our scientific and technological expertise to strengthen our performance while maintaining our integrity. We deliver safe and best-in-class product and technology solutions to our customers and consumers. We integrate sustainability in our portfolio and in our business processes, and provide transparent reporting on this to our stakeholders.
We are committed to product quality and safety while ensuring business success through integrity.
Reliably deliver best-in-class product performance and chemical safety, as the foundations of our business success.
Our business units – Consumer Brands and Henkel Adhesive Technologies – are responsible for adapting our sustainability strategy to their operating needs. They align their brands and technologies to sustainability in line with the specific challenges of their product portfolio. They also work on sustainable products and tomorrow’s key technologies. Achieving our ambitious new targets means integrating sustainability even more closely into our brand and business strategies in the future.
Our goal is to transform our company and our product portfolio sustainably so that we can stand at the side of our stakeholders as a reliable partner. We strive to ensure that each new product contributes to sustainability. We also intend to provide our customers and consumers with a comprehensive sustainability profile of our products by 2025. Our aim is to offer increasingly better solutions, products and services that also have a positive impact on the environment and society, and therefore make a positive contribution to value.
Excellent quality and performance are the central value propositions for our brands and technologies, and create the foundation for our business success. Products that combine high performance with a reduced environmental footprint are key factors for successful future-oriented business development.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies
Henkel is the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide.
Integrate sustainability in our business governance with transparent reporting, disclosure and engagement.
The implementation of our sustainability strategy is based on globally uniform codes and standards, integrated management systems, and an organizational structure with clearly defined responsibilities. Within Henkel, efficient processes also contribute to environmental protection and occupational health and safety, while additionally reducing resource consumption and costs. We use a variety of methods and tools to assess and manage our corporate sustainability and to measure the progress that we make toward our objectives across the entire company and our value chain. The indicators we record throughout the company provide transparency while helping us to identify potential improvements, manage activities and monitor achievements.
We engage in dialog with opinion leaders, the professional public, academia, international rating agencies and analysts for many years. Sustainability analysts and professional institutions regularly evaluate how companies manage the economic, environmental and social aspects of their business activities. We welcome these external assessments of our sustainability performance, as they lead to greater transparency in the market and show us how our performance is assessed. We also consider the assessment criteria of various financial and sustainability-oriented ratings and the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative. We also explore ways to further strengthen transparency in ESG reporting and governance and the traceability of key commodities.
100 % transparency and traceability for palm and palm kernel oil by 2025
From our activities, we have learned that there is a need for further optimization with regard to transparency and traceability, especially for palm-kernel-oil-based derivatives, and that cross-industry initiatives are necessary to make the achievement of the “zero net deforestation” target verifiable.
External sustainability assessments
Assessment and recognition from independent sustainability experts increases transparency and provides important feedback about how effectively we are implementing our sustainability strategy.
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!
Scale sustainability impact with our partners, leading to responsible business practices in our supply chains.
Expectations for social and environmental responsibility are changing again and again. That’s why companies rely on open dialogue with communities, suppliers, customers and many other stakeholders to make sure they provide solutions to the challenges that matter most. Understanding the social demands that stakeholders of all kinds place on our company is a key component of our sustainability management.
“SAVE FOOD” initiative
In 2013, Henkel joined the “SAVE FOOD” initiative, which promotes dialog between business, research, politics, and civil society on the topic of food loss.
“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.
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.
Charter for Sustainable Cleaning
The A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a voluntary initiative of the international soaps, detergents and cleaning products industry and was introduced with the intention of making positive contributions to society and for the environment.
In 2013, Henkel started supporting this initiative of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE) and the German Federation of Chemical Emplovers’ Associations (BAVC).
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPPA) is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the European trade associations of seven industry sectors, and individual companies.
Fair Company initiative
More than 1,000 companies support the Fair Company initiative which promotes fair internships and the provision of real opportunities for university graduates.
The aim of the Forum is to boost significantly the proportion of segregated, certified sustainable palm oil on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets and to make 100% certified palm oil available for these markets as soon as possible.
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.
Since 2017, Henkel has been partnering with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty.
Renewable Carbon Initiative – RCI
Henkel is a founding member of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), which aims to drive the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon.
In 1995, Henkel committed to the chemical industry’s international Responsible Care initiative.
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.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization which works together with leading corporations and educational establishments with the aim of encouraging university students to take the initiative within their communities.
Henkel is partnering with the international development organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and support smallholder farmers.
The Diversity Charter
The Diversity Charter is a fundamental commitment to treating people in an enterprise with fairness and dignity. Companies which sign this charter commit to creating a working environment that is free of discrimination and exclusion.
Together for Sustainability
In 2011, Henkel and five other companies in the chemical industry established an initiative entitled “Together for Sustainability – The Chemical Initiative for Sustainable Supply Chains.”
100% Responsible Sourcing
Our responsible sourcing approach focuses on sustainability aspects along our supply chains for the benefit of people and our planet with the aim of driving transformational change together with our partners. Intensive dialog and close cooperation with our suppliers are essential for achieving sustainable business, process and production practices. Over a decade ago, we established a framework for sustainable procurement in the supply chains of the chemical industry based on cooperation, trust and responsibility.
Our ongoing ambition is to commit to 100 percent responsible sourcing together with our partners. The key element here is our responsible sourcing strategy, which places a clear focus on a shared fundamental approach. We are convinced that we can only establish sustainable procurement practices if every single decision-maker in the global supply chains acts in the spirit of sustainability. This requires a fundamental recognition of this responsibility, as well as adopting the right attitude and building skills and knowledge.