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After natural disasters, Henkel responds quickly and unbureaucratically, providing aid through our foundation, the Fritz Henkel Stiftung, wherever it is needed in the world. In providing this assistance, we take care to ensure that 100 percent of all third-parties donations are passed on to the people affected.
After heavy precipitation in Mai, vast areas of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina were flooded. Luckily, neither Henkel employees nor Henkel locations were affected directly. However, a lot of colleagues’ relationship suffered damages on their homes or even lost them. Immediately after the natural disaster, Henkel provided assistance together with the Red Cross: Henkel employees in Vienna, Belgrade, Indjija and Krusevac collected money and product donations for the people on site. The Red Cross delivered six tons laundry detergents and toiletries including toilet care, soaps and toothpaste to Serbia by August 2014.
“We are very grateful for the support of our Henkel colleagues from other countries,” says Gordana Brasic, President of Henkel Serbia.
Thousands of people lost their property in the floods that washed over many towns in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in June 2013. Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung were helping with monetary and product donations.
“At the beginning, we provided laundry detergents and cleaning products, shower gels, shampoo and skin cream. A little later, this was followed by construction products for drying and repairing the buildings,” reports Heiko Held, who is in the Global Social Progress team and is responsible, among other things, for emergency aid. The products were distributed by aid organizations. Henkel sent fourteen truck-trailers from Düsseldorf to help the people in the areas affected by the flooding to make their apartments and houses habitable again.
“All three business sectors immediately agreed to help,” reports Held. Monetary donations that were received by the Fritz Henkel Stiftung and referenced “Flood 2013” were also passed on to the “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” organization.
In August 2013, a monsoon rain, followed by a typhoon, put large parts of the Philippine capital of Manila up to two meters under water within 24 hours. Throughout the country, a total of approximately a million people were affected.
Henkel employees were also affected by the flooding. The Fritz Henkel Stiftung found practical ways to provide them with immediate help. For example, the company made alternative accommodations available for the families of five employees whose homes had been flooded. And employees who could not get home again after work were able to spend the night at a hotel. “During the storm, our employees did everything they could to keep production and the Shared Service Center running. I would like to thank all of our employees and Henkel for their support,” says Elaine Kunkle, General Manager of Henkel Philippines.