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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
2015 was an important milestone on the path toward Henkel’s long-term sustainability goal, “Factor 3.” By 2030, we want to triple the value we create for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in and for our company – compared to the environmental footprint of our operations, products and services.
We have made great progress in fully integrating sustainability into our business processes. We achieved our interim targets for the first five-year period: With an overall efficiency improvement of 38 percent for the period up to 2015, we are well on track toward our long-term goal. Now, we have defined our targets and ambitions for the next five years: We aim for an overall efficiency improvement of 75 percent by 2020 compared to 2010.
We have another reason to be proud – we have now published our 25th Sustainability Report. We published our first Environment Report ahead of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. That report reviewed the progress we had made and showed future challenges. Convinced that growth, economic success and environmental compatibility are not irreconcilable, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable development.
Our approach to sustainability continued to evolve in the following years, becoming more systematic and addressing an increasing number of environmental and social challenges along our value chain. For Henkel – as well as many other businesses around the world – there is no question: Business has to be part of the solution and the sustainability agenda.
2015 was also an important year charting the road ahead on major global challenges: The United Nations agreed on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its respective goals, and a global climate agreement was reached in Paris. This common understanding of the global priorities will facilitate cooperation and drive progress. With our proven track record in sustainability and our clear strategy, we will be supporting the achievement of these goals. Our commitment to leadership in sustainability is anchored firmly in our company values.
We continuously work to improve all products across our entire portfolio. This enables us to offer our customers and consumers more value and better performance at a smaller environmental footprint.
Cooperating closely with our customers and business partners in retail and industry, we are able to leverage our experience in order to optimize logistics, increase the efficiency of production processes, develop more sustainable products and foster sustainable consumption.
And it is our people who make the difference. Their understanding of sustainability and its relevance for their respective businesses and areas of responsibility is the foundation for our progress.
We are convinced that sustainability is becoming increasingly important for our business success, supporting our growth, improving our cost efficiency and reducing risks. At the same time, it is only through sustainable business practices that we can maintain the basis for a livable society and a robust economy.
We would like to thank our employees, partners and customers for contributing to another successful year on our sustainability journey. We will build upon these achievements in 2016 and in the years to come.
Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council