Our products & technologies

Products and technologies are at the heart of everything we do. We create more value for our customers and consumers by constantly innovating to offer better performance with a reduced ecological footprint. To stand at the side of our stakeholders as a reliable partner, we aim to transform our company and our product portfolio sustainably. Thus, we strive to ensure that each new product contributes to sustainability. Our goal is to offer increasingly better solutions, products and services that also have a positive impact on the environment and society, and therefore make a positive contribution to value.

Sustainability in our Business Units

Our business units – Consumer Brands and Adhesive Technologies – are responsible for adapting our sustainability strategy to their operating needs. In doing so, they align their brands and technologies to sustainability in line with the specific challenges of their product portfolio. They also work on sustainable products and tomorrow’s key technologies.

Sustainability is a central pillar of the innovation strategies of the Consumer Brands business unit. A particular focus is placed on developing its product portfolio using resource-efficient technologies with sustainable packaging solutions and optimized ingredients, and driving the expansion of sustainable brands such as Love Nature, Pro Nature, Nature Box or N.A.E. (Naturale Antica Erboristeria) with a holistic approach.

Our Adhesive Technologies business unit combines technical material expertise and science-based innovation to support our industrial customers and business partners in achieving their sustainability goals. Customized solutions help to increase energy and material efficiency, recycle valuable resources and improve safety during the manufacturing and use phases, as well as for end users.


Implementing our Sustainability Strategy

With our pioneering spirit, our knowledge, our products and technologies, we want to enrich and improve the lives of billions every day and shape a viable future for the next generations. In the following you find selected contributions of our products and technologies to our 2030+ Sustainability Ambition Framework

REGENERA­TIVE PLANET

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CLIMATE

In light of the need to reduce emissions and decarbonize the economy, we pursue the ambition of converting our production sites to a climate-positive CO2 balance by 2030.

In this regard, a significant milestone was already reached in August 2021: The Henkel Fragrance Center in Krefeld was the first Henkel site to switch its production completely to climate-neutral energy. In 2022, the Laundry & Home Care production in Düsseldorf and the Beauty Care production site in Wassertrüdingen, Bavaria, have also been converted to operate with 100 percent CO2-neutral energy. Further progress towards achieving climate-positive operations was made at our Adhesive Technologies plants in Australia, which have begun using electricity generated fully from renewable energy sources.

CIRCULARITY

To continue promoting the circular economy in our business operations, we are focusing on reducing production waste and increasing recycling at our sites, as well as on innovative, intelligent and sustainable packaging concepts. In addition to new product forms and the use of recyclable and recycled plastics in our packaging, we also use refillable packaging and refill stations.

One example of refill stations is the laundry and dishwashing detergents from the brand Love Nature. In stores of several drugstore and supermarket chains, “Mein Spülmittel” and “Mein Waschmittel” can be filled and easily refilled again and again. In 2020, this made Love Nature the first detergent and cleaning brand to offer this service across all retailers in Germany. Also, with the help of the "Refill Bar" of the Beauty Care Professional brand Authentic Beauty Concept, hair salon visitors can refill their favorite products repeatedly in a bottle made of 90% recycled material.

We also promote a circular economy by developing innovative adhesive solutions that enable recycling, repair and reuse of products and their components.

NATURE

Our sustainability strategy aims to protect and restore biodiversity – with a particular focus on forests, land and water. In addition to applying these principles to the activities at our own sites, we also promote the responsible management of raw materials and the use of renewable ingredients.

Thus, many of our consumer and industrial adhesives are based on nature-based raw materials, such as plant-based oils and their derivatives, as well as tree resin and carbohydrates like starch, sugar and cellulose. One example is our Pritt glue stick, which is formulated with 97 percent natural ingredients (including water). Furthermore, we pioneer new solutions for adhesives, sealants and coatings that replace fossil raw materials with materials made from biomass. For example, we have developed industry’s first bio-based polyurethane reactive (PUR) hot melt adhesive with 60% bio-based content from renewable, plant-based feedstock as a sustainable alternative for the electronics industry.

THRIVING COMMUN­ITIES

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EQUITY

Supporting girls and women in becoming more self-confident and building a successful future for themselves – a mission the Schwarzkopf Million Chances initiative has been pursuing since 2016. The initiative supports aid projects worldwide, often in cooperation with independent organizations such as Plan International Deutschland e.V. in Colombia, Egypt and China. Since the initiative was launched, we have reached a total of around 136,000 girls and women. In addition, the Schwarzkopf Million Chances Award is presented annually to honor non-profit projects for their outstanding commitment to supporting girls and women.

EDUCATION

We support lifelong learning and education both in our company and in our communities. Thus, Schwarzkopf Professional has been offering young people the opportunity to obtain training in basic hairdressing techniques and establish livelihoods with its “Shaping Futures” initiative since 2010. The volunteer efforts of hairstylists and employees have made it possible to train over 2,600 young people in more than 30 countries, including Cambodia, Colombia, India, Lebanon and South Africa.

Another example is the global Pritt “We Craft for Children” initiative, through which Henkel has been involved for many years in a wide range of educational projects worldwide in partnership with different non-profit organizations. In 2021, Pritt partnered with Visions for Children e.V., a non-profit organization that focuses on improving learning conditions and educational quality in schools in crisis areas and war zones, and donated a total of 50,000 euros as part of a fundraising craft campaign.

WELLBEING

Our partnership with the social enterprise Plastic Bank contributes to both our commitment to prevent plastic waste in nature while at the same time improving living conditions for people in poverty.

Plastic Bank is building recycling ecosystems in countries that lack adequate waste management infrastructure. Collectors receive compensation for the materials they collect, which helps them meet the basic needs of their families – including food, cooking fuel such as charcoal for preparing daily meals, and paying for schooling or health insurance. The plastic collected is reprocessed as Social Plastic®, which can be used again in products and packaging as part of a closed-loop supply chain.

Henkel already uses Social Plastic® in a number of its packaging products. For example, Nature Box is the first cosmetics brand worldwide to use Social Plastic® as a packaging material for its entire bottle portfolio. All bottle bodies are made of 100 percent Social Plastic®. The PET bottles of the Pro Nature product range are also made from 100 percent recycled plastic, up to 50 percent of which is Social Plastic®.

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PERFORMANCE

Excellent quality and performance are the central value propositions for our brands and technologies, and create the foundation for our business success. Products that combine high performance with a reduced environmental footprint are key factors for successful future-oriented business development.

In partnership with BASF, Henkel will replace fossil carbon feedstock with renewable feedstock over the next four years using BASF’s certified biomass balance approach. This applies to most of Henkel's consumer goods products manufactured in Europe. Through the cooperation, around 110,000 tons of fossil-based ingredients per year will be substituted with renewable carbon sources. As a result, core brands like Persil, Pril, Fa and Schauma will come with a reduced carbon footprint, avoiding around 200,000 tons of CO2 emissions in total. In 2021, there was already a successful pilot project with Henkel's cleaning and detergent brand Love Nature, transforming vegan biomass form agricultural waste into active ingredients.


TRANSPARENCY

To pioneer in transparency we are part of Catena-X, a pan-European network that aims to standardize the methodology for calculating footprints and the associated data exchange for all participants in the automotive value chain.

In addition, Henkel and 35 other cosmetics and personal care companies have joined forces to form the Eco Beauty Score Consortium in September 2021. The goal is to develop an industry-wide system for assessing the environmental impact of cosmetic products to make it easier for consumers to make sustainable shopping decisions. This approach, which is based on the latest research, is designed to take into account the entire product life cycle. We also have plans to create a database of standard cosmetic ingredients and their environmental impact.

COLLABORATION

In collaboration with our partners, we aim to maximize the impact of our sustainability activities by driving sustainability in our value chains and beyond.

Together with the development organization Solidaridad, brands such as Nature Box have been involved in smallholder projects since 2013 to produce sustainable palm oil. The focus is on training in best practice approaches, including climate- friendly agriculture, along with exerting an influence on policy and involving stakeholders. To date, around 36,400 smallholders have been reached on some 340,000 hectares under cultivation.

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