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Social Partnerships

As part of our corporate engagement, we enter into social partnerships in the communities where Henkel operates, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions.

Education is a basic prerequisite for both personal individual development and for society. It is for this reason that education initiatives are among the priorities of our corporate engagement. In cooperation with the Fritz Henkel Stiftung we are concerned with realizing ideas and programs that provide answers to societal problems and challenges. A particular focus of our work are young people - children, youths and young adults. In addition, we support sports clubs, hospitals, kindergartens, schools and universities, charity organizations, and cultural events. We do not support political parties.

Fritz Henkel historical portrait

Fritz Henkel Stiftung

Fritz Henkel Stiftung

In January 2011, Henkel established the Fritz Henkel Stiftung. This foundation serves as the umbrella for our social engagement. It has close ties to the company and underscores Henkel’s long term commitment to social involvement that goes beyond its direct business interests.

Henkel’s sustainability ambassadors

In 2013, the Laundry & Home Care business unit established its Sustainability Ambassadors Program. The business unit developed the idea of turning employees into sustainability ambassadors. To do this, Henkel trains employees so that they are able to competently convey the topic of sustainability to co-workers, suppliers, customers and consumers, as well as to students. Since launching the program, Henkel has trained 6,200 ambassadors, including all Management Board members, in 74 countries.

Schoolchildren in Shanghai

As part of their activities, the ambassadors work with elementary school children, to teach them about the responsible use of resources. We have now reached around 63,000 schoolchildren in 43 countries.

Promoting equal opportunity

Henkel and the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” are working with the “Teach First Deutschland” educational initiative to increase educational equality. One of the goals is to improve the education and job opportunities for young people regardless of their social background. We expanded our partnership with the “Teach First Deutschland” educational initiative in 2013. “Teach First Deutschland” is one of the national partner organizations of the global “Teach For All” network.

Teach First volunteer teaching a school in Germany

“Teach First” fellow Sebastian Kesper runs a mathematics workshop for students at the Freiherr-vom-Stein School in Düsseldorf.