Company

When was Henkel founded?

On September 26,1876 Fritz Henkel and two partners founded the company Henkel & Cie in Aachen, Germany.



Where is Henkel’s head office?

Henkel's head office is in Düsseldorf, Germany.



How many people does Henkel employ?

The number of people employed by the Henkel Group at the end of 2013 was 46,850.




In what business segments is Henkel active?

Henkel is organized into three business sectors:

Laundry & Home Care
The product range comprises heavy-duty detergents, special detergents and cleaners.

Cosmetics/Toiletries
The portfolio encompasses hair cosmetics, products for body, skin and oral care, and products and services for the professional salon segment.

Adhesive Technologies
We offer home decoration products, adhesives and correction products for the home and office, and also building adhesives. Our products include also industrial and structural adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.



What is the sales breakdown by region and division?


2013 sales by region



2013 sales by business unit




What is Henkel’s legal form of incorporation?

Henkel is a Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien or KGaA (partnership limited by shares). Because the sole personally liable partner of the corporation is now a joint stock entity, Henkel Management AG, and according the provisions of German company law this must be apparent from the corporation’s name, Henkel now trades as “Henkel AG & Co. KGaA”.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA holds all the shares in Henkel Management AG. Such a structure in which a KGaA is itself the sole shareholder of the joint stock entity which, in turn, is the sole personally liable partner of the KGaA, is referred to as a “Unified Company”.


The other legally prescribed corporate bodies are the Supervisory Board and the General Meeting. In addition, Henkel has a Shareholders’ Committee as required by its Articles of Association. The overall structure therefore looks like this: