Since 2001, Henkel has offered an employee share plan (ESP) enabling its employees to acquire Henkel shares. In 2021 again, Henkel added 33 eurocents for each euro invested by an employee (limited to 4 percent of salary up to a maximum of 4,992 euros per year). Around 12,700 employees in 58 countries purchased Henkel preferred shares under this program in 2021. At year-end, some 18,400 employees held a total of around 2.8 million shares in the ESP securities accounts, representing 1.6 percent of total preferred shares outstanding. The lock-up period for newly acquired ESP shares is three years.
Share-based payment plans
Employee share plan
Investing in Henkel shares through long-term participation in our ESP has proven to be very beneficial for our employees in the past. Employees who invested 100 euros each month in Henkel shares since the program was first launched held portfolios valued at 68,815 euros at the end of 2021 (assuming reinvestment of the dividends before tax deduction), which equates to a total return of 44,815 euros or 287 percent of the cumulative investment.
Global Long Term Incentive Plan (LTI Plan) 2020+
The Global LTI Plan 2020+ provides for share-based remuneration settled with preferred shares of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. These treasury shares are granted on condition that members of the plan are employed for four years by Henkel AG & Co. KGaA or one of its subsidiaries in a position senior enough to qualify for participation, and that they are not under notice during that period. This minimum period of employment pertains to the calendar year in which the treasury shares are granted and the three subsequent calendar years.
A performance-related investment amount is pledged to eligible employees at the start of each four-year cycle. Target achievement is determined, and the investment amount for the cycle specified, at the end of the first calendar year. At the start of the second calendar year, this investment amount – after deduction of taxes and social security contributions, where applicable – is used to purchase treasury shares on the stock exchange, which are then transferred to the employees. The number of shares transferred to each employee on the basis of the investment amount is determined by the actual market price (stock exchange price) of the shares at the time of purchase. The shares are subject to a lock-up period that ends upon completion of the relevant four-year cycle. During this time, the employees participate in all share price developments. Once the lock-up period has expired, the employees may dispose of the shares as they wish.