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. What significance does the issue have for Henkel? How do we approach it as a company? Have we taken any action as a result? If yes, what? A multitude of questions. The following examples illustrate how we answer them.
Climate protection strategy and targets
In light of the Paris agreement on climate change and the clear need to reduce CO2 emissions, Henkel is striving to become a climate-positive company and to make an active and committed contribution to climate protection.
Engaging in water stewardship
Water is a precious resource vital to life on the planet. In light of the urgent need to address emerging water challenges and also to reduce water-related business risks, we aim to enable a sustainable water future across our value chain through innovation and collaboration.
We are committed to ensuring that our consumer products do not cause any microplastics to enter the environment.
Sustainable palm (kernel) oil
Henkel wants to drive progress toward sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil – and make a positive impact on both the environment and the people affected.
Creating smarter packaging
We drive progress towards a circular economy by creating smarter packaging for the benefit of people and the planet. Our mission is to include materials from sustainable sources into smart designs to close the loop.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 17 UN goals represent a significant step forward in understanding the joint efforts that politics, business and society must make.
Human rights and social standards
We are committed to respecting internationally acknowledged human rights along the entire value chain.
Our responsible sourcing approach focuses on sustainability aspects along our supply chains for the benefit of people and our planet. Intensive dialog and close cooperation with our suppliers are essential for achieving sustainable business, process and production practices.
Logistics and transport
Reducing our emissions is an important target within our transport and logistics concepts.
Impact measurement and valuation
We have adopted a holistic approach in assessing the impacts of our operations, products and services along the entire value chain to inform our business decisions and communicate with our stakeholders.
How we engage in the political debate
We are convinced that sharing expertise in the context of public policy debates and political decisions is important to best meet societal challenges and to ensure the legitimate interests of our shareholders at all levels in political and societal discussions.
Economic contribution and taxes
Our purpose is to create sustainable value with everything we do, which also means balancing the interests of all our stakeholders.
Responsible consumer communication
We communicate with our consumers in an open and transparent manner, guided by clear principles and rules.
Our customers and consumers can be certain that our products are safe when used as intended.
Implementing global chemicals policy
Our customers and consumers should feel confident that our products are safe when used as intended.
Our Commitment: No animal testing for our products
Our products are developed and manufactured with the utmost care and are used millions of times every day. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our cosmetic products, our detergents and cleaning products, and our adhesives worldwide without animal testing.
Responsible approach to nanotechnology
Regarding the safe use of nanomaterials, Henkel applies the same principles as for all other raw materials.