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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.

The alignment of our sustainability strategy is also reflected in the strategies of our business units – Consumer Brands und Adhesive Technologies. They align their businesses, brands and technologies to sustainable development in line with the specific challenges of their product portfolio and have prioritized their focus points accordingly. 

With our wide-ranging product solutions and technologies, we aim to support the economic, environmental and social transformation and drive it forward together with our partners. This will make it possible for us to contribute effectively to sustainable development both locally and globally, and to shape our business responsibly while increasing our economic success. In order to achieve this, we must offer our customers and consumers reliable, best-in-class product quality and safety.

It is our continuous ambition that each new product contributes to sustainability. We also intend to provide our customers and consumers with a comprehensive sustainability profile of our products by 2025. We aim to measure sustainable transformation with respect to both our product portfolio and our company. Our target for 2030 for the entire company is to triple the value we create for the environmental footprint made by our operations, products and services (compared to the base year 2010).

Learn more about how our business units are driving sustainability.


Integrate sustainability into our business governance with transparent reporting, disclosure and engagement.

Transparency is essential for assessing responsible action and sustainability performance. This applies both inside and outside the company. Business partners and consumers, as well as investors and the financial market, are increasingly interested in products and solutions that are sustainability-oriented, and they attach more and more importance to understanding the impact of our activities along the value chain. International developments in sustainable finance and legislation are further strengthening the drive for greater transparency.

At the same time, it is crucial for us to be able to assess and manage our own sustainability and to measure the progress that we make toward our targets across the entire company and our value chain. To this end, we are driving digital solutions and drawing on cross-business unit and cross-functional collaboration and external partnerships worldwide. This strengthens our information base and builds necessary confidence in our sustainability performance. Our aspiration is to further integrate sustainability into our business governance, processes and policies while promoting transparent reporting, compliance with disclosure requirements and engagement.

The assessment and recognition of our performance by independent sustainability experts also creates transparency.

Supply chain transparency

As part of our supplier management approach, we are also working to improve the transparency and traceability of our upstream supply chains. We see these as the key to ensuring sustainable agricultural practices and fair working conditions, as in the palm oil industry, for example. This is why Henkel is a member of the cross-industry initiative Action for Sustainable Derivatives, founded in 2019, in which companies are working toward the shared goal of generating more transparency in the palm (kernel) oil value chain. In 2023, we were able to maintain the traceability rate to the mill to 89 percent and increase the traceability rate to the plantation to 52 percent by engaging with our suppliers to map our joint palm-based supply chain. We did this with the support of an external sustainability consultancy. We are joining forces with pioneering partners to explore digital technologies with the potential to increase traceability and transparency in the palm oil industry. This is how we continue to build on our commitment to sustainable sourcing.

Sustainability assessment by the business units

Our aim is to measure the sustainable transformation of our product portfolio. This assessment process involves identifying and mapping the products in the portfolio that make a substantial contribution to sustainability. The assessment criteria cover the entire value chain and take into account the impact across all areas.

At our Adhesive Technologies business unit, we analyze the sustainability contribution of our portfolio based on an internal portfolio assessment process. By integrating this assessment into our strategic management and product development, we are able to sustainably align our portfolio based on the latest scientific findings. The assessment criteria focus on the key topics of climate, circularity, safety and natural resources along the value chain. Based on these criteria, the products evaluated are classified into four categories. Products in the Challenged and Straight Performer categories do not directly contribute to sustainability. Products in the Contributor category have a positive contribution. And products in the Pioneer category have an exceptionally positive contribution. Our Consumer Brands business unit is also working on a sustainability assessment for its consumer goods portfolio, complete with a classification system.

External sustainability assessments

Assessment and recognition from independent sustainability experts increases transparency and provides important feedback about how effectively we are implementing our sustainability strategy.


Scale sustainability impact with our partners, leading to responsible business practices in our supply chain.

Sustainable development requires a commitment to action, as well as cooperation with effective partners. The interlinking of different perspectives is an especially good basis for embracing the complex and globally interlinked context of sustainability. This is how specialized knowledge and resources can be effectively combined to drive transformational change. We understand collaboration to mean adopting responsible business practices and acting sustainably in partnership along the entire value chain.

Accordingly, we use a responsible sourcing approach to take a comprehensive view of sustainability aspects along our supply chains, including cooperation with our suppliers. Just as important is the cooperation with our customers. We also believe it is important to work closely with our retail partners to promote sustainable and resource-efficient consumption.

We are committed to engaging in active dialogue with our stakeholders. We are involved in initiatives worldwide together with industry representatives and civil society players, and participate in political and social discussions. This networking helps us make a more holistic assessment of impacts on the economy, the environment and society, and to develop joint systemic solutions.

100% Responsible Sourcing

Our responsible sourcing approach focuses on sustainability aspects along our supply chains for the benefit of people and our planet with the aim of driving transformational change together with our partners. For this reason, we maintain intensive dialog and collaboration with our suppliers to promote sustainable practices and respect for human rights. Our mission is to go beyond compliance, to drive impact and change across our entire value chain, and to create sustainable value for our customers.

100 percent responsible sourcing together with our partners represents our ongoing ambition. Based on a shared mindset and the responsibility we have as a global purchasing organization we strive to take responsible sourcing decisions globally, across all regions, business units, and material groups, based on our responsible sourcing strategy.

We are convinced that we can only establish sustainable procurement practices if every single decision-maker in the global supply chains acts in the spirit of sustainability. This requires a fundamental recognition of this responsibility, as well as adopting the right attitude and building skills and knowledge.

We are committed to product quality and safety while ensuring business success through integrity.