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In order to meet the many challenges the future holds, we want to become three times more efficient by 2030. We call this “Factor 3” for short.

If we are to live in harmony with our limited resources in 2050, we must become five times more efficient. By 2030, therefore, we want to triple the value we create through our business operations in relation to the overall environmental footprint of our products and services.

On the road to “Factor 3”: steady progress and short-term targets

Factor 3 formula on chalkboard.

On the road to
“Factor 3”

On the road to
“Factor 3”

Read more in our Online Sustainability Report.

With our 2030-goal in mind, we have set concrete interim targets for 2015. To reach our ambitious sustainability targets, we will have to improve our efficiency by an average of 5 to 6 percent each year. We have therefore set concrete interim targets for the five years period from 2011 to 2015. For the period up to 2015, we thus intend to improve the relationship between the value we create and our environmental footprint by 30 percent overall.

Our contributions in six focal areas

We concentrate our activities along the value chain on six focal areas that reflect the challenges of sustainable development as they relate to our operations.

Innovating and achieving more with less will be a key to a sustainable development that does not sacrifice people’s quality of life. To drive progress along the entire value chain through our products and technologies, we concentrate on a fixed set of areas that summarize the challenges as they relate to our operations.

We have subdivided these focal areas into two dimensions: “more value” and “reduced footprint”. In order to successfully establish our strategy and reach our goals, both of these dimensions must be ever-present in the minds and day-to-day actions of our employees and mirrored in our business processes.

Achieving more with less

Our focal areas are divided into two dimensions: “more value” and “reduced footprint.” We aim to increase the value we create in the areas of “social progress”, “safety and health” and “performance”. In the areas “energy & climate”, “materials & waste” and “water & wastewater”, we aim to further reduce the resources we use and hence the ecological footprint of our operations and products.

Social progress

As a local employer and business partner, we make an important contribution to the social progress of society as a whole: We create jobs with fair conditions of employment, provide ongoing training for our employees and customers, and value the diversity of our workforce. We purchase goods and services, cooperate in a spirit of partnership with our suppliers, and transfer knowledge and technologies. We also support the social involvement of our employees. In this way, we stimulate regional economic development and social equality worldwide.


High quality and excellent performance are the primary value propositions of our brands and technologies, and the basis for our economic success. Therefore, we focus on developing products that provide even better performance, e.g. in terms of quality, functionality, reliability, convenience, durability, or cost efficiency. We also enhance our value proposition towards our customers and consumers by enabling them to improve their own sustainability performance.

Safety and health

At Henkel, the safety and health of employees, neighbors, customers and consumers has always been a top priority. We market safe products that do not impact the health of consumers or the environment. The safety and environmental compatibility of our products and technologies conform to recognized scientific criteria and are based on assurance programs in every stage of the product life cycle

Water and wastewater

We strive to create water-efficient products and technologies to enable also our consumers and customers to protect water resources worldwide. Our consumer products such as detergents, household cleaners or shampoos that pass into sewage systems after use are optimized for biodegradability so they will not impact the quality of surface waters. Wastewater from industrial applications is pretreated using state-of-the-art technology to remove harmful substances and professionally disposed of.

Materials and waste

We use resource-conserving production techniques and optimize the packaging of our products to lower material consumption and waste. We use ingredients based on renewable raw materials wherever this is compatible with ecological, economic and social considerations. Many of our products contribute to extending the service life of durable goods, thus also preserving values and resources. We thereby contribute to the worldwide conservation of resources.

Energy and climate

At Henkel our focus is on the efficient provision and utilization of energy, to lower energy use of our worldwide operations and prevent greenhouse gas emissions. We also strive to create energy efficient products and technologies to also enable our consumers and customers to save energy and contribute to climate protection.