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Chaired by a Management Board member and reflecting all areas of the company, the Sustainability Council steers our global sustainability activities as a central decision-making body. Its members represent the business units and corporate functions responsible for putting our sustainability strategy into operational action.
Through their representatives, the corporate functions bring both their expertise and their needs to the Sustainability Council. At the same time, they are responsible for the implementation of our sustainability strategy in their respective functions. For example, they develop appropriate supplier management instruments, or ensure compliance with our standards for product safety. Overarching sustainability issues are coordinated by the corporate communications department which serves as the company-wide interface for sustainability.
Managers in the regional and national companies steer the implementation of Henkel standards and compliance with legal requirements in their respective regions. With the support of the corporate functions and the operating business sectors, they develop an implementation strategy appropriate to the individual sites and their local circumstances.
The R&D departments of our three business units work on key technologies and supply the basis for tomorrow’s sustainable products. The business units are also responsible for adapting our sustainability strategy to their operating needs, as well as providing the resources needed for its implementation. They align their brands and technologies, and the sites involved, to sustainability in line with the specific challenges and priorities of their product portfolio.
International conferences and the exchanges in expert forums are important for the continuous development of our sustainability policy. Here we share experience and discuss new scientific findings, changes in legal requirements, and current issues. The objective is to coordinate and implement new projects within Henkel and to promote the exchange of experiences within the company.