09/08/2008, Düsseldorf / Germany


Henkel again tops FMCG sustainability league

Latest Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published

Henkel has again been included in the FMCG market segment of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, signifying that Henkel leads its peers in this industry category. To be incorporated into the index, companies have to show an exemplary track record in adhering to the principles of sustainable development.

Henkel’s leading international position in the sustainability stakes was once again confirmed by the company’s inclusion in the FMCG market segment of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Just 10 percent of the 2,500 largest corporations in the world find their way into the DJSI World, passing muster in an annual economic, ecological and CSR review performed by SAM Indexes GmbH.

Henkel has again this year performed exceptionally well in numerous sustainability surveys and appraisals. In March, for example, it garnered the 2008 ESG Award in the DAX category. This accolade serves to single out excellence among the corporations listed in the DAX – the German stock index – in the fields of environmental compatibility, social responsibility and corporate governance.

 “We are absolutely delighted at having been included once again in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The exceptional ratings and rankings that we have earned in assessments performed by international experts from business, the financial world, the scientific community and various NGOs serve both to endorse what we have achieved to date, and to spur us on to make even further progress on the sustainability front,” said Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted. “And we shall continue to lead the way in sustainable development irrespective of the challenges that we may face in the future.”

Henkel maintains a close dialog with rating institutions specializing in sustainability issues. This serves to supplement the long-standing process of interchange and consultation that has existed between Henkel and ecological research institutes, special-interest groups and financial bodies, providing the company with a constant stream of important inputs and ideas.

Further comprehensive information concerning Henkel’s activities in the fields of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, plus all the relevant rankings and ratings, can be found at www.henkel.com/sustainability