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Diversity & Inclusion

Our markets and products are diverse, and so are our people. Diversity describes the individual differences that make Henkel unique – visible differences like gender, as well as invisible differences like experiences, values and mindsets, education, sexual orientation, and cultural and religious background. If individual differences complement each other well within a team and if every employee is appreciated, real inclusion can be achieved. At Henkel, we take a holistic approach to diversity & inclusion, and foster a corporate culture that embraces the inclusion and appreciation of individual differences. A special focus lies upon the dimensions of gender, generations and culture.


As a globally operating company, Henkel employs people from over 120 nations in more than 75 countries. Over 80 percent of our more than 50,000 employees work outside of Germany. Around 53 percent of our employees work in emerging markets. Different cultural backgrounds and experiences enable Henkel to anticipate the needs of its markets and customers, and, therefore, to successfully develop and market products worldwide. In our personnel policy, we pursue what we call our “Triple Two Philosophy.” Triple Two means that in the course of their career, managers is offered the opportunity to gain experience in at least two functions, countries, and business units.


Worldwide, women make up about 33 percent of our workforce. The share of women in leadership positions has developed positively in recent years, increasing in the period between 2003 and 2016 from 22 percent to around 34 percent. Henkel supports its employees in maintaining a healthy work-life flexibility, to make it easier for employees to balance work and personal commitments. We can make full use of the skills and talents of all our employees if we support them in successfully meeting the challenges of family and career.


From Baby Boomers, through Generations X and Y, to the upcoming Generation Z, all generations are represented within Henkel’s organizational structure. Every generation has its own characteristics and preferences and Henkel promotes the exchange of experiences and knowledge among employees in order to maximize the potential of each generation.  Lifelong learning has gained importance due to demographic changes. We help our employees better meet the health-related challenges of a longer working life using professional health management. Henkel has already received numerous awards for its health management activities.





Special Olympics Germany

During the German Special Olympics 2014, Henkel employees voluntarily supported the competitions



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