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Three questions about sustainability and human resources management
What value do you think sustainability can bring to human resources management?
At Henkel, we consider sustainability to be an opportunity, especially in a world that is constantly changing. Our actively lived corporate values help us to meet the challenges we face. Our managers in particular are asked to internalize the significance of sustainability and set an example through their behavior. This topic is indeed becoming more and more important in connection with employee retention and satisfaction – as well as for attractiveness as an employer.
How do you manage to establish this common understanding not only among your managers, but also among all of Henkel’s employees?
I am convinced that we need to integrate sustainability in the professional and personal development of our employees – also in the context of their day-to-day work. A good example is our Sustainability Ambassador program. Here we enable our employees to convey the importance of this topic to others, such as schoolchildren. This program includes various initiatives. For instance, we encourage our employees to develop an environmentally conscious approach to their day-to-day professional work, by doing things as simple as saving energy or printing documents only when necessary.
Diversity is a hot topic all over the world today. What is Henkel’s approach to this?
Diversity in day-to-day work situations and an appreciative corporate culture are of vital importance to us. Our company thrives on the individual differences of its employees. In 2015, we conducted a worldwide Diversity & Inclusion campaign to strengthen mutual respect and further foster collaboration.