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22.2.2018 Düsseldorf / Germany
“In 2017, we made clear progress in implementing our sustainability strategy and reaching our sustainability targets. We are proud of the fact that many international rating agencies have recognized our achievements with excellent ratings and have acknowledged Henkel as one of the world’s leading companies in the area of sustainability,” said Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council.
Henkel wants to create sustainable value – for its customers, employees, shareholders and society. At the same time, it plans to triple its efficiency by 2030.
In the 2017 fiscal year, the company once again made real progress towards achieving its medium-term targets for 2020 (compared to the base year 2010):
In light of the Paris Climate Agreement and the commitment made by the international community to limit global warming to significantly less than two degrees Celsius, Henkel is committed to making an active contribution to climate protection. To achieve this, the company is focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of its entire production by 75 percent by 2030. Henkel also strives to source 100 percent of the electricity for its production from renewable sources by 2030. Its interim target for this goal is to achieve 50 percent coverage by 2020. Henkel follows the long-term vision of becoming a climate-positive company.
“We mainly have our employees’ immense dedication to thank for the progress we made in 2017,” said Kathrin Menges. “Since 2012, we have trained more than 50,000 employees as sustainability ambassadors – which makes this program one of Henkel’s largest further education initiatives to date. We don’t simply want to pass on knowledge about sustainability to our employees. We also want to encourage them to share that knowledge with their colleagues, suppliers, customers and even school children in order to make a social contribution. That is an important step towards giving the topic of sustainability an even greater role to play in the day-to-day activities of every single employee.”
In addition to its employees, Henkel also gets its partners throughout the value chain involved. For example, the company works together with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty. At collection stations like the one in Haiti, local communities can turn in the plastic waste that they have collected and exchange it for money, donations in kind or social services. This plastic is then processed for reuse as a recycled material to support the circular economy.
Henkel’s sustainable business practices and efforts have also impressed independent sustainability experts, rating agencies and capital markets: Henkel is listed as industry group leader in the “Household and Personal Products” category in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, both World and Europe. Henkel also features in the following sustainability indices:
In the ratings of Oekom Research and Sustainalytics, Henkel was recognized as the leading company in its industry.
More information on sustainability at Henkel is available at www.henkel.com/sustainability
Cover: Sustainability Report 2017
By following the long-term vision of becoming a climate-positive company, Henkel makes an active contribution to climate protection.
Since 2012, Henkel has trained more than 50,000 sustainability ambassadors – the program is one of Henkel’s largest further education initiatives.
Henkel partners with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty.