Social engagement is part of our sense of responsibility and firmly embedded in our corporate culture.
Social engagement – or corporate citizenship – has always been an integral part of our sense of responsibility as a company. This is a tradition that dates back to our founder, Fritz Henkel, and is firmly embedded in our corporate values. Together with our employees, retirees, customers and consumers, Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung are able to support sustainable social projects around the world. They both support activities in the areas of social needs, education and science, fitness and health, arts and culture, and the environment.
Discover the four areas in which we organize our engagement.
As part of our corporate engagement, we support our employees and retirees in their social volunteering activities in the communities where they operate, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions worldwide.
By establishing Corporate Volunteering (MIT Initiative) in 1998, Henkel became one of the first German companies to include the voluntary social engagement of its employees and retirees as a significant element of its corporate social responsibility policy. By supporting their employees’ social engagement, Henkel sees important benefits. Better teamwork, greater motivation in their job and closer identification with their employer are just some of the positive results that volunteers report. Furthermore, the volunteers play a pivotal role as a link between Henkel and its social environment.
As part of our corporate engagement, we enter into social partnerships in the communities where Henkel operates, in an effort to support social initiatives and public institutions.
Education is a basic prerequisite for both personal individual development and for society. It is for this reason that education initiatives are among the priorities of our corporate engagement. In cooperation with the Fritz Henkel Stiftung we are concerned with realizing ideas and programs that provide answers to societal problems and challenges. A particular focus of our work are young people - children, youths and young adults. In addition, we support sports clubs, hospitals, kindergartens, schools and universities, charity organizations, and cultural events. We do not support political parties.
Henkel’s sustainability ambassadors: To anchor our understanding of sustainability even more firmly within the company, we want to train all of our employees and encourage them to become sustainability ambassadors
Promoting equal opportunity: Henkel and the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” are working with the “Teach First Deutschland” educational initiative to increase educational equality. One of the goals is to improve the education and job opportunities for young people regardless of their social background. “Teach First Deutschland” is one of the national partner organizations of the global “Teach For All” network.
In addition to Henkel’s corporate engagement aligned with our Sustainability Strategy, our brands also enter social partnerships worldwide.
Our partners and our people are key to driving sustainability along our social partnership activities and in all areas of life. In co-operation with the Fritz Henkel Stiftung our brands support them with products and expertise. They make the difference through their commitment, skills and knowledge, both in their daily business actions and in our communities, where they contribute to sustainability.
After natural disasters, Henkel responds quickly and unbureaucratically, providing aid through our foundation, the Fritz Henkel Stiftung, wherever it is needed in the world. In providing this assistance, we take care to ensure that 100 percent of all third-parties donations are passed on to the people affected.