The Diversity Charter

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Creating an acceptance of Diversity within the company and a working environment without prejudice is the declared objective of the initiative “Diversity as an Opportunity – The Diversity Charter of Companies in Germany.” The Charter was introduced in December 2006 as a vehicle for encouraging German businesses to commit to the Diversity concept. Henkel added its signature in March 2007. In 2011, Henkel became a supporting member of the newly established association “Charta der Vielfalt” [Diversity Charter Association], which manages and finances its activities as a Public Private Partnership.

CEO Kasper Rorsted signed the “Charta der Vielfalt” on behalf of Henkel’s Management Board, commenting: “Everywhere we look, we see evidence of Diversity in our own ranks. And we are intent of strategically developing and effectively deploying diversity as a key factor for success.”

Success Factor: Family
NRW Ambassador for “Success Factor: Family”
Local Alliances
“Career and Family” Audit
  
International Awards and Accolades
Igualdad en la Empresa – Equality at Work
European Diversity Leadership Honor
Stevie Award for Women in Business
AARP Award
  


Success Factor: Family

On April 1, 2008, a joint communiqué was published on the subject of the family as a factor for success. Together with many other companies, Henkel was among the first wave of signatories. With this public commitment, Henkel has once again emphasized the high priority given to the pursuit of reconciling family and working life. And here it is not just about supporting mothers and fathers with children but also about providing assistance to employees who have to care for older relatives.

In 2005, Henkel won the inter-company competition “Success Factor: Family” in the Major Companies category. In the 2008 competition, Henkel was again one of the top ten major companies in Germany.

NRW Ambassador for “Success Factor: Family”

Back in 2006, Kasper Rorsted, Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel, was appointed by the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, as an Ambassador of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for the company realignment program “Success Factor: Family.” In addition to Rorsted, further high-ranking captains of industry were appointed champions of this issue in the 15 other federal states.

Kathrin Menges took over the ambassador role in April 2012.

Local Alliances

By signing the voluntary declaration of commitment entitled “Promotion of Improved Reconciliation between Family and Career in Germany” in May 2011, Henkel once again underlined its dedication to this cause.

“Career and Family” Audit

On May 25, 2011, Henkel was awarded – for a third time – the “berufundfamilie” [Career and Family] audit certificate conferred by the Hertie-Stiftung charity. This honor confirms the high level of priority assigned by an employer to reconciling the needs of the family with the demands of a career.

International Awards and Accolades

Igualdad en la Empresa – Equality at Work

The Spanish Minister of Health, Leire Pajín, and State Secretary, Bibiana Aido, recognized Henkel Ibérica with the “Igualdad en la Empresa” (Equality at Work) award in May 2011.

The honor recognizes efforts made by companies to ensure equality of opportunity through internal guidelines, terms and conditions of employment and the provision of support and development services.

European Diversity Leadership Honor

As part of the “World Diversity Leadership Summit in Europe,” Henkel received the “European Diversity Leadership Honor” in the category “Multicultural Working Environment.”

The jury made particular mention of Henkel’s commitment and transparency in the Diversity domain. With employees from 125 countries and with 53 nations being represented in the Düsseldorf headquarters alone, Henkel is one of the most international companies in Germany.

Stevie Award for Women in Business

At the end of 2010, the Global Diversity & Inclusion Management unit of Henkel was nominated for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in two categories: “Blog of the Year” and “Communication Campaign of the Year.” Although, ultimately, we lacked that little bit of luck that would have taken us to that coveted position right at the top of the ten finalists (chosen from over 1,200 candidates) as winners of the so-called “Business Oscar”, this recognition of our performance was gratifying indeed.

AARP Award

In November 2010, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recognized Henkel for its age-friendly personnel policy with the “2010 International Innovative Employer Award” in Brussels. The accolade was received by Kathrin Menges (center), Henkel’s Global Head of Human Resources, and Regina Neumann-Busies of Henkel’s Social Services.

henkeldiversity.com

Latest news and recent discussions about Diversity issues can be found on our henkeldiversity.com blog.

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