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Corporate Reporting 2015

Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015

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Sustainability Report 2015

Sustainability strategy and management

We want to anchor our understanding of sustainability more broadly across society. As part of our Sustainability Ambassador program, Henkel employees also conducted a lesson on sustainability with schoolchildren in Shanghai in 2015. We have now reached around 63,000 children in 43 countries through the program.

Our Sustainability Ambassador program was launched in 2012 to engage employees more deeply on the topic of sustainability. Since then, Henkel has trained around 6,200 Sustainability Ambassadors – including all Management Board members – in 74 countries. Ambassadors are encouraged to visit elementary schools in order to explain the concept of sustainability by means of simple, everyday examples.

During Henkel Ambassador workshops, the children color pages of everday household scenes. This helps them to identify where they can save energy and water at home.

We want to contribute so that, in 2050, nine billion people will be able to live well and within the resource limits of the planet.

Contributing to quality of life and reducing resource consumption

Through our sustainability strategy, we contribute both to sustainable development and to our company’s economic success. We aim to pioneer new solutions while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. As the basis for our strategy, we have adopted the Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), whose aspiration is that, in 2050, nine billion people live well and within the resource limits of the planet.

For Henkel, this means contributing to quality of life by generating value while using less resources and causing less emissions. We see sustainability as a shared responsibility for all of society. Our intention is not only that we as a company create more value with a reduced environmental footprint. We also want to inspire others – for example, our suppliers, customers and consumers – to make their own contributions to sustainability.

This is also the intention behind the schools project included in our Sustainability Ambassador program. Our employees receive training so that they are able to explain the importance of sustainable behavior to others, including young children.

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.

Kasper Rorsted

Chairman of the Management Board