Dec 5, 2017

International Volunteer Day

Helping hands around the world

International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide on December fifth. On this day, we want to highlight the remarkable initiatives of Henkel employees and retirees who make a difference to lives in their communities and beyond every day.

“Social engagement is a high priority at Henkel. We are particularly proud of our employees and retirees who volunteer to help people outside the company and encourage others to participate as well,” says Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President Human Resources.

The “Make an Impact on Tomorrow” initiative (MIT) together with ‘Fritz Henkel Stiftung’ foundation have been supporting volunteers for nearly twenty years now. Kirsten Sánchez Marín, Head of Corporate Citizenship says, “We would like to thank and celebrate our passionate and relentless volunteers for giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives and bring people together.”

Find out about some of the many volunteering activities in 2017:


Henkel employees in Manila, Philippines, launched a series of sustainable projects this year which were intended to provide long-term benefit to their community. This included the Employee Teach-a-Kid Program, a five-month session to teach children the basics of reading and writing alongside arts and crafts. Another project was the Livelihood Program, which involved vegetable planting, growing and harvesting in an area of the community. The team conducted training and provided materials for the residents to start their vegetable patches. The community is looking forward to next year’s program with a new set of participants.


Henkel employee Darja Golnar, Beauty Technology Packaging, with the support from MIT donation has joined hands with the Institute of Autism in Slovenia to develop therapeutic programs that reduce mental health inequality of children with autism and offer much-needed help to their families. Play-based diverse intervention sessions.


Over 80 Henkel employees in Bridgewater, USA, dedicated a week to focus on the spirit of giving back to the community this past spring. Whether it was planting flowers for senior citizens, interacting with children and animals, or getting down and dirty to spruce up indoor and outdoor spaces, the eclectic mix of supporting multiple organizations helped employees strengthen their sense of community on- and off-site. The activities included preparing and delivering brown bag lunches for the local less fortunate, yard work on YMCA grounds for summer camp, cleaning cages and interacting with animals at a shelter, assisting in YMCA’s day care for children, making patriotic wreaths for local veterans with YMCA seniors, enhancing the grounds for residents with developmental disabilities, and, lastly, preparing the garden at a home for women who are recovering from various addictions.


Mauricio Sandoval from Henkel Colombia with little Paula from the “Hogar Luz y Vida” foundation. This Colombian foundation serves the community as a shelter for abandoned children with a handicap. One third of the more than 200 kids living here has at least one disability and requires special care. Additionally, some of them were victims of physical violence and were abandoned by their families who could not afford to take care of them. The MIT donation is used to buy wheelchairs with ergonomic features to make the kids’ lives a little easier and happier.


Henkel employee Chaitanya Meshramkar, has joined hands with Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf (MFD), a social organization in India, to help children from impoverished families with hearing impairment through quality education, vocational training and holistic care. With the donation from MIT, an advanced Speech Training Facility was constructed with an aim to train students based on their speech ability and learning skills. This facility has dedicated sections for beginners, intermediate and advanced speech learning. Two advanced classrooms were also constructed for beginners and senior students. These classrooms with individual capacity of ten students at a time, comprise of two completely sound proof rooms with speech training equipment, which facilitate learning in completely noiseless environment.