Our sustainability strategy is inspired by our purpose: Pioneers at heart for the good of generations. With our pioneering spirit, our knowledge, our products and technologies, we want to enrich and improve the lives of billions of people every day – and shape a viable future for the next generations.
As reflected in our corporate values, we are committed to leadership in sustainability. As leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increasing our economic success.
Sustainability is thus a central element in our vision of the future. We want to actively drive the transformation to a sustainable economy and society, help protect and regenerate nature, contribute to strong communities and strengthen the trust of our stakeholders.
Our 2030+ Sustainability Ambition Framework sets our long-term ambitions in the three dimensions of Regenerative Planet, Thriving Communities and Trusted Partner and links to our high aspiration of achieving a “Transformational Impact for the Good of Generations”.
Looking ahead, we are well prepared: sustainability is deeply anchored in our business strategy and alive in our purpose. With that foundation, our sustainable transformation continues!
Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council
We are on a journey toward an environmental transformation of our business model. To achieve this ambition, we intend to transform our processes, products and use of raw materials in the direction of a resource-efficient, climate-neutral future. We are focusing on climate change mitigation measures, a functional circular economy and the protection of nature and biodiversity.
We do everything we can to help people live better lives. Our social responsibility is to promote equity, strengthen diversity and respect human rights. We offer our employees lifelong learning opportunities, and an attractive and healthy working environment. We advocate for social progress and access to education worldwide, and we provide assistance in emergency situations.
We draw on our value-oriented corporate culture and our scientific and technological expertise to strengthen our performance while maintaining our integrity. We deliver safe and best-in-class product and technology solutions to our customers and consumers. We integrate sustainability in our portfolio and in our business processes, and provide transparent reporting on this to our stakeholders.
Reliably deliver best-in-class product performance and chemical safety as the foundation of our business success.
Integrate sustainability into our business governance with transparent reporting, disclosure and engagement.
Levers for Change
External sustainability assessments
External sustainability assessments
Henkel’s leading role in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility is repeatedly confirmed by international rating organizations and sustainability analysts. We are pleased to be included in a multitude of ESG ratings, rankings and indices. Read more about a selection of our achievements!
At Henkel, we are committed to entering in dialog with others who are just like us dedicated to respecting diversity of opinion and constructive exchange of ideas. This is what prompted us to take an active part in important socio-political debates, by taking a closer look at selected topical issues.
Collaboration and partnerships
WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel joined the WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders.
In 1993, Henkel joined the World Industry Council for the Environment. In 1996, the Council merged with another industry initiative to form the WBCSD, which Henkel is also a founding member.
In 2013, Henkel started supporting this initiative of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE) and the German Federation of Chemical Emplovers’ Associations (BAVC).
Charter for Sustainable Cleaning
The A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a voluntary initiative of the international soaps, detergents and cleaning products industry and was introduced with the intention of making positive contributions to society and for the environment.
In 1995, Henkel committed to the chemical industry’s international Responsible Care initiative.
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPPA) is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the European trade associations of seven industry sectors, and individual companies.
The Diversity Charter
The Diversity Charter is a fundamental commitment to treating people in an enterprise with fairness and dignity. Companies which sign this charter commit to creating a working environment that is free of discrimination and exclusion.
“AIM-PROGRESS” is a forum set up by companies in the consumer goods industry. It was established in order to enable and promote responsible procurement practices and sustainable production systems.
Together for Sustainability
In 2011, Henkel and five other companies in the chemical industry established an initiative entitled “Together for Sustainability – The Chemical Initiative for Sustainable Supply Chains.”
To develop and promote new solutions for sustainable harvesting and use of palm oil throughout the value chain, we have been actively supporting the aim of the “Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil” (RSPO) for years.
Henkel is partnering with the international development organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and support smallholder farmers.
The aim of the Forum is to boost significantly the proportion of segregated, certified sustainable palm oil on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets and to make 100% certified palm oil available for these markets as soon as possible.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste
In 2019 Henkel joined the Alliance to end plastic waste as one of the founding members. The global Alliance has the mission to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
Since 2017, Henkel has been partnering with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty.
In the run up to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992), Henkel was one of the first companies to sign the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Charter for Sustainable Development in 1991.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization which works together with leading corporations and educational establishments with the aim of encouraging university students to take the initiative within their communities.
Fair Company initiative
More than 1,000 companies support the Fair Company initiative which promotes fair internships and the provision of real opportunities for university graduates.
“SAVE FOOD” initiative
In 2013, Henkel joined the “SAVE FOOD” initiative, which promotes dialog between business, research, politics, and civil society on the topic of food loss.