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, more than 80 percent work outside Germany. As a globally operating company, Henkel employs people from over 120 nations in more than 75 countries. Around 56 percent of our employees work in emerging markets. The multiplicity of cultural backgrounds and experience enables Henkel to successfully develop and market products worldwide.

Henkel generates 80 percent of its sales outside Germany. In 2013, we were able to increase emerging market sales to 44 percent of total sales. By 2016 we aim to generate 10 billion euros sales in those markets.

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.


Around the world, women make up about 33 percent of our workforce. The share of women in leadership positions has developed positively in recent time, increasing in the period between 2003 and 2013, from 22 percent to around 32 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 three 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.