05/24/2005, Düsseldorf and Berlin


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Henkel awarded prize as most family-friendly organization

A major accolade has been awarded to Henkel. In the "Success Factor Family 2005" competition for companies, conducted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Düsseldorf-based manufacturer of branded consumer products prevailed in the category "large companies."

"Career/family balance is a sociopolitical topic. The prize shows that we are on the right track with our commitment," asserts Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel KGaA. "We know that we can only profit from our employees' abilities and talents if we help to enable them to successfully meet the needs of both their professional and their family life."
In Berlin today, in a competition entitled "Success Factor Family 2005," conducted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Labor, Henkel was awarded a prize as the most family-friendly major company in Germany. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Federal Minister for Family Affairs Renate Schmidt honored the prizewinners in the individual categories.

Prizes were awarded in categories for small, medium and large companies, as well as a prize for innovation and a special prize from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Henkel received its prize for its exemplary commitment to facilitating its employees' career/family balance.

Henkel supports its employees in their efforts to coordinate their professional commitment and plans for their personal life. A Henkel in-company Working Group on Family and Work seeks solutions through pilot projects for the formation of more flexible working schedule models and for providing care for family members. One of the first approaches is the external family service. The service offers parents individual advice in their search for possible care solutions for their children and other family members and suggests care staff in some cases. Another example in Düsseldorf is the Gerda Henkel Nursery, which takes care of children from six months of age. Henkel also has something special to offer for employees on parental leave. They are given an opportunity to achieve additional qualifications via the Internet. In addition, Henkel aims at also arranging for employees on parental leave to fill in when appropriate.