06/23/2010, Düsseldorf / Germany

 

Henkel wins Walmart Sustainability Award for the second time in a row

 

Henkel awarded for Sustainability commitment

For the second year in a row, US retail giant Walmart has selected Henkel to receive the Walmart Sustainability Award. Henkel was recognized again as the company demonstrating the most comprehensive commitment to sustainability, thus making a substantial contribution to Walmart’s own sustainability strategy.

Henkel is again the proud recipient of the Walmart Sustainability Award. At the US retailer’s vendor meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas at the beginning of June, Henkel was recognized as the global supplier that has made the biggest contribution to sustainability. “We are quite honored to be receiving this award for the second year in a row. Sustainability is in Henkel’s DNA and we are very proud to continue to support Walmart’s significant and industry-leading sustainability efforts," said Brad Casper, President and Chief Executive Officer Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. in North America.

As members of international Walmart working groups, Henkel employees from Germany, Central America and North America bring their knowledge to the table on matters such as ecology, packaging and consumer communications. And they have more than 130 years of experience in sustainability issues to rely on. Their expertise covers the entire value chain – from raw materials and production to transportation, product use and disposal.

In addition to sustainability know-how, Henkel also provides its retail customer with brand-name products that represent significant savings in material, waste volumes and/or water consumption compared to conventional products. One example is Purex® Complete 3-in-1® laundry sheets which contain a combination of laundry detergent, fabric softener and anti-static compound in one ultra-concentrate. Other examples include Dial® Hand Soap Refills, which save over 60 percent of the usual packaging material, or the easy-rinse liquid laundry detergent of the Mexican brand Viva Eco that requires up to 50 percent less water for rinsing and the removal of phosphates in all detergents in Central America and Mexico.

Henkel has repeatedly received national and international awards for its contributions to sustainability, as well as scoring excellent marks in relevant rankings and ratings. Very recently Henkel Corporation received a 2010 Automotive News PACE Environmental Award for its Aquence® Co-Cure coating process. As a 2010 PACE Award winner for innovation, Henkel was also selected for this prestigious environmental award which recognizes automotive suppliers for their innovations that contribute to environmental sustainability. Last May, the CRF Institute, one of the leading research organizations involved in employer certification and employer branding, named Henkel as one of the companies with the best potential for the future (“Las empresas con más futuro“). Henkel, it stated in the citation, offered a successful example of sustainable development and effective CSR management. In 2009, Henkel was included again in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) as the sector leader in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market segment. And the company was also cited among those from the index that had shown the most progress in the sustainability field over the review period.

Henkel provides extensive information on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, plus all the relevant rankings and ratings, on its website http://www.henkel.com/sustainability.

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