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Corporate Reporting 2015

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Beauty Care

Sustainable packaging solutions are an important part of our strategy. From the left: Andrei Beketov from Purchasing, Barbara Grossmann from Packaging Development, and Clémence Alberti from Body Care, discuss the advantages of the new aluminum deodorant can. The ultralight spray cans, manufactured from aluminum slugs (raw metal), contain 25 percent recycled aluminum.

At the production site in Wassertrüdingen, Germany, (from the left) Christina Szudlo and Nadine Strebel take samples of cans made of recycled aluminum for later inspection in the laboratory.

Regular spray tests help ensure consistent product quality and functionality of the deodorant spray cans. Here Jutta Lauterbach examines the deodorant bottling at the production site in Wassertrüdingen, Germany.

Collaboration along the entire value chain is crucial to the achievement of our sustainability goals – from the production of raw materials to the development of sustainable innovations and effective communication with consumers.

Working together on sustainable packaging innovations

At Henkel, we are always looking for ways to reduce the environmental footprint of our products. Our packaging development plays a key role in the context of product life cycles. Aiming to reduce waste, our developers are working on smart and sustainable packaging solutions.

To reduce our aluminum consumption and thus our energy use and carbon emissions, Beauty Care launched a pilot project with Ball Aerocan in the year 2013 to produce spray cans from 25-percent recycled aluminum. To date, this has helped Henkel lower CO2 output by more than 4,500 metric tons. The recycling process for aluminum requires much less energy than the elaborate extraction of primary aluminum from bauxite ore. In addition, optimization of the alloying elements in the aluminum makes the material more rigid. This makes it possible to reduce the amount of material needed per can. These two effects considerably reduce the carbon footprint per spray can. Since the 2014 market launch of these cans for the deodorant sprays of our Fa, Souplesse and Neutromed brands, more than 60 million units have been produced. In 2016, we want to further increase the annual number of cans made of recycled aluminum.

The questions about sustainability at Beauty Care

What are challenges in relation to sustainability for Beauty Care?

All products must combine consumer appeal and high performance with sustainability. This is also our ambition within Beauty Care. This approach is integrated deeply in our innovation process – and one we consider to be a competitive advantage. Thanks to our passion for innovation combined with the concept of sustainable development anchored along the entire value chain, we have been able to continuously increase the sustainability contribution that our innovations offer. This enables us to deliver more value to our customers and consumers.

Your products are not only for consumers but also for professional hairdressers. What approach do you take with these key customers when addressing the topic of sustainability?

We support our hairdressing clients through our international Schwarzkopf Academy, with its extensive training opportunities that include a particular focus on sustainability. We offer an advanced vocational training program to support our hairdressers and coach them on the proper and sustainable use of our products.

Recycling is a key aspect of sustainability. What contribution can Beauty Care make here regarding packaging development?

One important project that we conducted in 2015 focused on increasing the share of recycled aluminum in spray cans. As a result of joint development efforts with a strategic supplier, we have succeeded in producing aerosol cans that contain 25 percent recycled aluminum. This initiative has allowed us to reduce the carbon footprint per aluminum can by more than 20 percent.

Hans Van Bylen

Executive Vice President Beauty Care