Our Sustainability Targets

We have defined a long-term ambition to improve the relation between the value we create to our footprint by a factor of 3.  In order to move the business towards this ambitious 20-year goal, we have derived specific five-year targets for the six focal areas on which we will concentrate.


Our 20-year goal: Factor 3

Factor 3

At Henkel we are convinced we have a lot to contribute to people living well and within the resource limits of the planet while increasing the profitability of our business. Based on our sense of urgency and responsibility as a globally operating organization, we have set ourselves a straightforward yet far-reaching goal: over the next 20 years, we want to triple the value we create for the footprint made by our operations, products and services. This means that by the year 2030, all products and processes should be three times as efficient as they are today. We call this ambition “Factor 3".

It is important to note that there is more than one road to our 2030 goal of “Factor 3”: we can either triple the value we create while leaving the footprint at the same level. Or we reduce the footprint down to one third of today while delivering the same value. In many cases, we will approach from both sides, reducing input and improving output at the same time. Either way, the net result should be to use one third of the resources needed today for each Euro we generate.

Our ambition of achieving more with less applies to every business unit and function, and all areas of our operations along the value chain.

Targets 2010 until 2015

Thanks to the high level of commitment of our employees, Henkel already reached its 2012 sustainability targets in 2010 - two years ahead of plan. But this is no reason for us to sit back and relax. In order to keep the business moving towards our 20-year goal of “Factor 3”, we have set new ambitious targets for our operations, measured against the progress achieved up to 2010. Until 2015, we aim to achieve another 15 percent reduction per production unit in the focal areas energy, water and waste. At the same time, we aim to create more value by achieving a 10 percent increase in net external sales per production unit. To keep working towards our long-term goal of “zero accident”, we aim for another 20 percent decline in our incident rate. Our objectives for the focal area "social progress" are difficult to put in numbers. Nonetheless, many of our activities document our progress also in this area.

Overall, our efforts should translate into a 30 percent efficiency improvement over the next five years (meaning 5 to 6 percent per year). While the targets still concentrate primarily on identifying possible improvements regarding our own products and production processes, we also aim to expand analysis and data generation to our entire value chain - including our supplier base and the usage of our products by customers and consumers.

Our focal areas and company-wide targets 2010 until 2015

Targets in Focal Areas