11/15/2010, Düsseldorf / Germany


Henkel shows solutions for sustainable, climate-compatible consumption

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Making climate-compatible consumption possible

“Alternatives to abstinence?” This is the heading under which, on November 22, the “Platform for Climate-Compatible Consumption in Germany” will be presenting its latest study results at a symposium in Berlin. And Henkel will also be there. As one of the founding members of the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) Pilot Project, the company is also involved in and committed to this follow-up initiative. Because making consumption more sustainable and climate-compatible counts among the core objectives of Henkel’s sustainability strategy.

What is climate-compatible consumption? What can industry and consumers do in order to avoid greenhouse gas emissions? And how can the necessary know-how be disseminated to the public at large? These and similar questions will be under discussion at the symposium organized by the "Platform for Climate-Compatible Consumption in Germany" taking place in Berlin on November 22. Because sustainable and thus climate-compatible consumtion is one of the central building blocks of its sustainability strategy, Henkel wants to share its expertise in this field and to further promote innovative and sustainable consumption by actively participating in this platform event and similar initiatives.

“Performed as part of the PCF Pilot Project, calculations of the greenhouse gases produced by many consumer goods manufactured by Henkel have revealed that most emissions arise during the use phase rather than at the production stage,” explains Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Corporate Senior Vice President at Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business sector. “Consequently, our focus is on constantly developing more energy-efficient products and technologies. For us, the key to sustainable consumption lies in innovative products and processes able to offer the same or better performance while requiring ever less in the way of resources.”

It is also particularly important, in Henkel’s view, that the entire supply chain be aligned to the principles of sustainability. Only when all the industries involved and consumers at large are pulling on the same rope and doing everything they can within their sphere of influence, will consumption be effectively rendered more sustainable over a broad basis.

It is a fact that everyone needs to recognize – both the industries involved and consumers in general. Indeed, speaking this year at the world’s largest detergent industry conference, Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted appealed for action from the entire sector with the words: “Sustainable development is no fad of the moment but rather a global task and a challenge for the entire industry that needs urgent attention.” And at the forthcoming German Sustainability Conference to be held in Düsseldorf on November 26, Henkel as an event partner has again ensured that “Innovative, sustainable consumption” is right there on the agenda.

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

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