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International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, whose “Charter for Sustainable Cleaning” was introduced in 2005 as a voluntary initiative in all EU countries as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the whole soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry to undertake continual improvement in terms of sustainability. Henkel was the first company to sign this Charter in 2005.


Systematic monitoring and review according to specified criteria. Henkel carries out regular internal audits at its production and administration sites and, increasingly, at subcontractors and logistics centers to verify compliance with its Group-wide codes and standards. The audits are a key instrument for identifying risks and potential improvements and make a major contribution to the transfer of knowledge.