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Our commitment to leadership in sustainability is anchored in our corporate values. We want to create more value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – while, at the same time, reducing our environmental footprint.

Sustainability strategy 2030: Achieving more with less

  • Our long-term goal is to triple the value we create through our business operations in relation to the environmental footprint of our products and services by 2030. We refer to this goal as “Factor 3”.
  • In 2016 Henkel developed three key drivers for the coming years: We aim to strengthen our foundation, boost employee engagement and maximize our impact.

Interim targets 2016-2020

  • By 2020, the company intends to reduce CO2 emissions of its production sites, water use and waste volume by 30 percent per ton of product compared to 2010. Occupational safety is to be improved by 40 percent and sales by 22 percent per ton of product.
  • The achievement of these targets would result in an overall efficiency improvement of 75 percent by 2020 compared to 2010. 

Sustainability targets until 2020 and progress made in 2016


Six focal areas

We are concentrating our activities on six focal areas that reflect the key challenges of sustainable development as they relate to our operations.

Three of them describe how we want to create “more value” for our customers and consumers, our employees, our shareholders and for the communities we operate in:

  • Social progress
  • Performance
  • Safety and health

The three other areas describe the ways in which we want to reduce our environmental footprint:

  • Energy and climate
  • Materials and waste
  • Water and wastewater

Sustainability ambassadors: Making a contribution

We want to anchor our understanding of sustainability more broadly across society. For this reason, we initiated the sustainability ambassador program in 2012.

  • We train our employees to show others – for example colleagues, customers or suppliers – the importance of sustainability. Henkel’s sustainability ambassadors are also encouraged to visit schools to teach children about sustainable behavior at home.
  • More than 25,000 Henkel employees in 79 countries have already qualified themselves as sustainability ambassadors. By the end of 2016, we had reached over 84,000 schoolchildren in 47 countries.
  • We aim to reach more than 200,000 schoolchildren by 2020. By the end of 2017, we want to train all of our 50,000 employees as sustainability ambassadors. 

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Achieving more with less is the goal of Henkel's sustainability strategy.

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