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Three questions about Henkel’s supply chain
Henkel has launched its global supply chain organization under the name of ONE!GSC Horizon. How can this change contribute to more sustainability?
Establishing a unified global supply chain is one of our most important strategic projects. It involves a fundamental realignment of our production, logistics and purchasing processes across all business units and functions. The new organization will help us to standardize and harmonize our processes worldwide. It will increase our competitiveness – through faster workflows, better flow of information, more transparency, and greater efficiency overall. This increase in efficiency also plays a key role in reaching our sustainability goals.
Where do you see additional potential for improving efficiency and sustainability in production?
In 2015, we again introduced many measures that reduce the environmental footprint of our production operations and boost our efficiency. We strive constantly at our production sites to use even less energy and water and decrease our waste volume, all while still maintaining high quality and continuously improving occupational safety. And we are succeeding: We reached all of the targets we had set ourselves for 2015 in these areas.
Standardization of processes also plays a central role in Henkel’s purchasing organization.
That’s correct. In our purchasing initiative “Together for Sustainability,” or TfS, the main objective is to harmonize and simplify increasingly complex, global supplier management processes – not only for the member companies, but also for our shared suppliers. The membership of TfS has already tripled since the initiative was launched in 2011. That shows that the idea works.