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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
After natural disasters, Henkel responds quickly and unbureaucratically, providing aid through our foundation, the Fritz Henkel Stiftung, wherever it is needed in the world. In providing this assistance, we take care to ensure that 100 percent of all third-parties donations are passed on to the people affected.
The effects of the severe earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015 were initially difficult to judge. According to the preliminary estimates of the United Nations, approximately eight million people were affected, and it is estimated that over 8,000 people lost their lives. There were shortages in water and food supplies in the country, and the situation became even more dire as a result of the continuing aftershocks.
The “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation immediately provided emergency financial aid that was urgently needed. Now it continues to support the projects of Henkel volunteers who are involved in reconstruction measures in the country.
Hock Guan Tan, a Henkel employee in Malaysia, is working on one such project. In collaboration with the nonprofit organizations Grace Community Services in Malaysia and Reach Nepal, Tan worked to provide building materials, mosquito nets, clothes and food for earthquake victims. He joined a group of eight other volunteers from Grace Community Services to distribute the supplies and assist with rebuilding in two regions in Nepal in July 2015.
Henkel colleagues in New Zealand also raised money to help rebuild the Shree Dugwang Primary School in central Nepal, which was destroyed during the earthquake. The disaster hasn’t stopped the school from providing lessons, though: The 164 students currently attend classes outdoors when the weather permits. Construction is planned after the monsoon season ends in October.
Nepalese villagers gather to receive muchneeded clothing and construction supplies.
After an earthquake destroyed their school in April 2015, the Shree Dugwang Primary School students have to attend class outdoors.
Nearly two years have passed since the Philippine island province of Bohol was rocked by the worst earthquake the country had seen in over two decades. Many communities are still struggling to rebuild, which inspired 42 Henkel employees in the Philippines to work with Habitat for Humanity to assist with construction efforts. During a trip to the region in January 2015, the volunteers provided active support in building 12 houses, thus laying the foundations for life after the earthquakes for the families.
Henkel volunteers Jennifer Aquino, John Bustamante and Vance-Joseph Alorro (from left to right) were happy to help with rebuilding efforts in Bohol in the Philippines.
The storm named “Ela” left a trail of devastation in June 2014 and damaged around 60 percent of the trees in Düsseldorf’s gardens and parks. Whether in the Hofgarten, Elbroich Park or Grafenberg Forest, the damage done by the storm is still evident today. To restore Düsseldorf’s natural beauty for the next generations, the city drew up a reforestation plan.
The “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation also took initiative and formed an alliance named “Blickwinkel Ela” (The Ela Perspective) with other companies and associations. The alliance made a total of approximately 125,000 euros of foundation funds available for cleanup efforts and new plantings in various parts of the city. Additional donations have now increased the funding amount to 140,000 euros.
“Contributing to the restoration of the destroyed greenery in Düsseldorf is a matter dear to our hearts at Henkel,” explains Kirsten Sánchez Marín, Director of the “Fritz Henkel Stiftung” foundation. “In cooperation with the foundation, Henkel is glad to help Düsseldorf rebuild to ensure that it will remain a ‘Gartenstadt’ – a city of gardens – for the coming generations.”
As early as January 2015, partners in the alliance rolled up their sleeves and dug in with Düsseldorf Mayor Thomas Geisel. Planting five young linden trees on the Golzheim Cemetery was the starting signal for numerous other planting projects, informational events, and fundraising efforts. Since then, the alliance has been working together to recreate the city’s natural beauty.
Kirsten Sánchez Marín (left) with Düsseldorf Mayor Thomas Geisel (third from left) and other alliance partners at the tree planting at the Golzheim Cemetery.
With their creative slogans, the people of Düsseldorf show how important this replanting project is to them.