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Corporate Reporting 2015

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Expert dialog

More than a decade of expert dialogs

For more than 10 years, we have been inviting experts from various parts of the world to collaborate with Henkel in further developing our sustainability strategy. We choose these experts on the basis of their insights into the challenges their countries face and their experience in corporate sustainability management. Overall, the expert dialog helps us to adjust our alignment to sustainable development and social responsibility to reflect external expectations in the different regions, and to find the right answers – especially when it comes to developing appropriate solutions at the local level.

For example, in 2004 and 2005, we asked experts from Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the USA to describe the challenges and priorities they see in their countries and regions. In 2007, we continued  the regional dialog with expert Dr. Allen White of the Tellus Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

In 2008, John Elkington, founder and Chief Entrepreneur of the SustainAbility Agency, London, UK, held a workshop at our headquarters in Düsseldorf and described current challenges of sustainability. The panel also discussed risks and opportunities associated with intensified marketing communication  of sustainability activities on brand and product level.

Expert dialog to develop the Henkel Sustainability Strategy 2030

In the context of developing our new sustainability strategy, at the end of 2010, selected experts from Germany, Switzerland, the USA and India specialists met with members of the Henkel Sustainability Council in a workshop held at our headquarters in Düsseldorf. Together they discussed current trends in sustainable development, evaluated their impact on business and our markets, and identified concrete options for action. This strategy mind-map documents the results of the workshop to develop Henkel’s Sustainability Strategy 2030.

Strategy mind-map

More recent dialogs

As part of a series of round table discussions, Dr. Rob Melnick, Executive Dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA, spoke to Henkel employees in May 2012 in Düsseldorf. His talk focused on the challenges that regions and cities face in reconciling a higher quality of life with sustainability. Already in February 2012, Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainable development. The goal of this internal discussion series and the dialog with external stakeholders in 2012 was to give employees a deeper understanding of Henkel’s Sustainability Strategy 2030 and communicate it to external stakeholders.

Key Issues in emerging economies and industrialized countries

Collectively, the experts’ contributions present a balanced picture of the key issues in emerging economies and industrialized countries. It is clear that, while many of the challenges of sustainable development are similar everywhere, priorities and perspectives differ widely from region to region. Emerging economies, in particular, expect multinationals to contribute to the development of their countries. In industrialized countries, in contrast, maintaining competitiveness is increasingly becoming a key challenge. The table below presents the results of our dialog with the experts in condensed form and gives concrete examples of the varied expectations. Based on the results of the dialog, we have developed our Sustainability Reporting still further. The new reporting structure directly reflects the key areas identified in the dialog and indicates the company’s responses to the different regional and global challenges. This approach is intended to emphasize how seriously we take our corporate responsibilities and contribute to sustainable development.

Key areas

Expectations in industrialized countries

Expectations in emerging economies

Economic development

  • Remain competitive and offer development opportunities to emerging economies
  • Contribute to the country’s development, especially in structurally weak regions

Values and management

  • Promote the adoption of environmental and social standards, throughout the value chain, especially among suppliers
  • Create transparency regarding economic, ecological and social aspects of corporate activities, especially in emerging economies
  • Support human rights
  • Act ethically and legally
  • Establish high environmental and social standards, and set an example for suppliers and competitors
  • Help to build management competencies and institutions

Products and marketing

  • Ensure product safety
  • Offer quality products at fair prices
  • Promote sustainable consumption through ethically and ecologically sound products, and by informing consumers and raising their awareness
  • Develop and market quality products for those at the bottom of the affluence pyramid
  • Ensure that products are safe and environmentally compatible
  • Consider the cultural and social context

Resource efficiency and climate protection

  • Stronger focus on products: Dematerialization of the economy by moving from product- to service-oriented business models
  • Help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Transfer know-how and modern energy- and resource-conserving technologies
  • Satisfy growing consumer needs with products that use limited resources efficiently

Employees and jobs

  • Promote job security through employee training and development
  • Proactively address challenges like equal opportunity and population aging
  • Create jobs and train employees
  • Ensure occupational safety and health protection
  • Promote and raise employee awareness of environmental protection

Social commitment

  • Work toward meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals
  • Help to solve social problems, also by encouraging employee volunteering
  • Support and promote, in particular, disadvantaged children and young people
  • Raise public awareness of environmental protection
  • Promote education and research for sustainable development