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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
Henkel makes great efforts to ensure the safety of its products for people and environment. Extensive testing and evaluation of all raw materials and finished products according to recognized scientific methods prior to market launch offers a high level of safety in production, application and disposal.
If we are to decouple increased quality of life from resource use, product innovations will play an essential role. Our products therefore provide key leverage points for implementing our sustainability strategy. They should offer customers and consumers more value and better performance at a smaller environmental footprint.
For us, this is not a question of developing individual “green” products where only the environmental profile has been improved. Our aim is to continuously improve all products across our entire portfolio, taking every aspect into account. A high degree of innovativeness is very important in achieving this. In 2015, Henkel employed around 2,800 people in research and development and invested 478 million euros in these activities. In order to steer product development in line with our sustainability strategy from the outset, criteria for assessing sustainability have been systematically anchored in the Henkel innovation process since 2008. The focus is on innovations that will help our customers and consumers to reduce their energy use and thereby their own carbon footprint.
An important objective of our strategy is fostering sustainable, resource-conserving consumption. Our products are the key here. They are used daily in millions of households and industrial processes. Thus, we concentrate on developing products that enable the efficient use of resources such as energy and water. With our new interim targets, we aim to leverage our products and expertise to help our customers and consumers to save 50 million tons of carbon emissions by 2020.