Dec 22, 2014  Düsseldorf / Germany

Employee engagement at Christmas time

The gift of giving

As the weather outside is getting colder, seasonal decorations are taking over our living rooms and the year is slowly coming to an end, Henkel gives its employees the gift of giving.

Henkel sites in Germany smell like pine trees and look very festive with light and ornament decorations. To further get the employees into the Christmas spirit, Henkel has its traditions. One of the traditions was set up by two employees eight years ago: Every year, a Make an Impact on Tomorrow (MIT) Christmas tree initiative gives employees the opportunity to pick a Christmas wish from a child in need on the tree and grant it.

The gifts for the children are wrapped by Henkel volunteers. “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to wrap one of the donated gifts and imagining the joy of the child unpacking it,” said Marina Adam, intern at Henkel.

Every year, all employees in Germany also receive a voucher for a Christmas bag filled with ginger bread, almond cookies and other Christmas goodies, and can choose an organization on the voucher for Henkel to make a five-euro donation.

Social responsibility has been fundamental to Henkel’s corporate culture for decades. In order to contribute to social progress, the company founded the “Make an Impact on Tomorrow” (MIT) program in 1998. Through MIT, Henkel channels donations and sponsorship of social projects employees and retirees are involved in.

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