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Three questions about Henkel’s Sustainability Strategy
Henkel has now published its 25th Sustainability Report. Are you satisfied with what Henkel has achieved to date?
Yes, I am. And I am sure our employees share this view, as sustainability is important to us, and it is one of the five corporate values that guide our actions. In 1992, Henkel was one of the first German companies to publish an Environment Report, as it was called back then. But Henkel was already committed to sustainability long before that.
Has the significance of sustainability changed over the years?
Today, sustainability is more important than ever for our business success. Over the past decades, we have worked intensively on all the dimensions of sustainability. As a result, we succeeded in reaching our interim targets for the past five years. But there are still many challenges ahead. We must continue to set ourselves ambitious targets and work purposefully to achieve them. This includes anchoring sustainability even more firmly in our business operations. Each employee must be able to understand the relevance of sustainability to our business success – and convey this to customers, colleagues or business partners.
Is that the reason why you established the Sustainability Ambassador program in 2012?
Yes. Our ambassador program encourages our people to engage actively with the challenges of sustainable development. They then pass on that knowledge to others, including schoolchildren. I had the pleasure of experiencing myself just how excited and creative children can be in their approach to this topic. We need this kind of personal engagement to drive sustainable development on all levels in the future.