Diversity & Inclusion

Benefiting from diversity: the different methods of thinking and working applied by employees of various nationalities, the different genders and age groups make a significant contribution to economic success. At Henkel, diversity and inclusion are firmly anchored in our corporate culture.


Of the around 47,000 or so Henkel employees around the world, some 80 percent work outside Germany, and more than half can be found in the emerging markets. There are employees from a total of 123 nations working for Henkel. This multiplicity of cultural backgrounds and experience enables Henkel to successfully develop and market products worldwide. 80 percent of the company’s sales is generated outside Germany.

In our personnel policy, we pursue what we call our “Triple Two Philosophy”: in the course of their career, managers are offered the opportunity to gain experience in at least two functions, two countries and two business sectors. And to help foreign colleagues who, for example, have been assigned to a post in Germany for a certain period, there is an international employee network (the Henkel Expat Network) available to facilitate their integration and that of their families in their new environment.


Around the world, women make up about 32 percent of our workforce. The share of women in leadership positions has developed positively in recent time, increasing in the period between 2003 and 2012, from 22 percent to around 31 percent. Henkel supports all its employees in equal measure in their efforts to reconcile their professional duties and their commitment to their career with their personal lives and their plans for the future, for instance through two children’s daycare centers, through the work and support provided by the company’s own Social Services department and through flexible working time models including, for example, part-time working and home office arrangements.

Because we know that we can only make full use of the skills and talents of all our employees if we contribute to their ability to successfully meet the challenges of family and career.


An interdisciplinary “Demography” working committee is analysing on a global basis how young employees can benefit from the experience and knowledge of their older colleagues – and how they can be provided with the skills and competences gained within the company through knowledge transfer systems.

Through professional health management, we support our employees in better meeting the health-related challenges of a longer working life. Henkel has already received numerous awards for its health management activities.