Demography Radar: Forcing the Demographic Challenge

The average age of Henkel’s managers is 42.7.

In the western industrialized world particularly, there is a distinct and rapid demographic trend toward an aging population. In other words, there are increasing numbers of ever older and decreasing numbers of younger people in the associated countries. At Henkel, therefore, we have set up an interdisciplinary working group under the title “Demography,” charged with investigating the effects of such developments on the company. For example, we want to encourage our younger people to benefit from the experience and customer knowledge of our older employees within a range of knowledge transfer arrangements so that the expertise accumulated within the company can be retained intact and readily available to future generations of employees. To this end, for example, regular open-access “Round Table Discussions” are held in which experienced and younger managers exchange views, opinions and expertise.

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