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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
We discuss concrete questions in a direct dialog with relevant stakeholders, in many multi-stakeholder initiatives, and on dialog platforms on sustainability topics. Numerous internal platforms provide feedback on the insights gained and on opinion formation.
In a comprehensive survey in 2014, we asked our stakeholders what topics have priority for them. Through this we learned how important the integration of sustainability in all of our activities and product life cycles is to our target groups. A second topic our stakeholder groups identified as vital is the targeted influence on consumers to lead more sustainable lifestyles and to use our products responsibly. The results of the survey were taken into account in 2015 in the further development of our strategy and our targets.
This regular dialog helps us not only to understand what our stakeholders think of our actions and expect of us in the future. It also enables us to recognize decisive trends and challenges in good time and to responsibly shape and implement future-oriented sustainability concepts. This is why we participate regularly in scientific and political discussions on future frameworks.
Open dialog helps us to understand which aspects of sustainable development are of interest to individual stakeholder groups. Timely consideration of the views of our stakeholders regarding future environmental and social challenges helps us to set priorities and to adapt our plans and actions in a responsive manner. For instance, we recognized stakeholder concerns regarding the slow progress toward sustainable palm oil early on and considered these while revising our strategy.
Stakeholder dialog thus makes an important contribution to our innovation and risk management and helps us to continuously develop our sustainability strategy and reporting. At the same time, this exchange provides a basis for mutual understanding and an opportunity to achieve social acceptance of our entrepreneurial decisions.
All of our around 50,000 Henkel employees worldwide are called upon to assume responsibility in their working environment and to base their decisions on the principles of sustainable development. For many of our employees, this includes regular dialog with stakeholders. Experts at our various company sites and in our different business areas engage in discussion with the relevant stakeholder groups on specific local and regional challenges. This enables us to develop strategies and solutions where they are assessed and put into practice.
In 2015, as in each year, Henkel employees met with politicians, scientists and scholars, businesspeople and members of the public.
At the fourth Global Footwear Sustainability Summit 2015 held in August in Shanghai, Robert Field-Marsham, Asia Marketing Director Industrial Adhesives, explained the sustainability challenges in the shoe industry and presented Henkel’s sustainable adhesive solutions for shoe manufacturing.
The winners of the 2015 Green Talents competition, a program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that has recognized young scientists internationally in the field of sustainable development every year since 2009, visited Henkel in Düsseldorf. They discussed the development of resource-efficient products with Henkel experts.
The "Green Talents" during their visit to the Forscherwelt (Researcher's World) in Düsseldorf.
Henkel’s Forscherwelt (Researcher’s World) project, in which elementary school children learn in age-appropriate lessons how a scientist answers research questions with the help of experiments, was also further broadened internationally in 2015. At the beginning of the year, the project in Russia was expanded to include three new schools, in which more than 100 children took part in the lessons. In April, the first Forscherwelt outside of Moscow took place at the Henkel site in Engels. In Turkey, too, through the collaboration of Henkel colleagues with the local Society for Creative Children and the Turkish Chemical Society, we made it possible for children to participate in Forscherwelt programs.
At the Solutions COP21 exhibition, which offered concrete solutions for climate protection on the periphery of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Henkel France presented the “Lavons Mieux” (better washing) program with its Le Chat Eco-Efficacité laundry detergent brand. The objective of the program is to encourage consumers to act more sustainably when washing clothes. Amélie Vidal-Simi, President Henkel France und Jean-Baptiste Santoul, General Manager Laundry & Home Care Henkel France, took part in a roundtable discussion on work-life flexibility and sustainable innovations at the sixth Earth University (“Université de la Terre“) forum. This forum took place also took place during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.. Prior to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, experts from WWF Germany, the utility company Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and Henkel also discussed climate change at the Düsseldorf site.
Matthias Kopp from WWF Germany gives Henkel employees in Düsseldorf a general overview of the current climate situation and explained his expectations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
At the Solutions COP21 exhibition, Jean-Baptiste Santoul, General Manager Laundry & Home Care Henkel France (left) presents the “Lavons Mieux” (better washing) program, an initiative of the Le Chat Eco-Efficacité laundry detergent brand.
Henkel Thailand and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) in Bangkok, which initiated a joint educational project to promote sustainability in schools in 2015, held a national Facebook competition entitled “Thailand’s Most Sustainable Family.” The aim of the competition was to motivate families to have a more sustainable lifestyle. The winning family had reduced their use of energy and water by more than 22 percent within two months.
Henkel Thailand and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) ran a contest on Facebook looking for “Thailand’s Most Sustainable Family.” Here the winning Chandarikanond family, with Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkul (second from left), President of the IPST, and Dr. Tim Petzinna, President of Henkel Thailand