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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
We expect our suppliers and business partners to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our sustainability requirements. In selecting and developing our suppliers and other business partners, we also consider their performance in regard to safety, health, environment, social standards and fair business practices. This is based on our globally applicable Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Standards that we formulated as early as 1997, thereby demonstrating even then our commitment to assuming responsibility along the entire value chain. Our corporate purchasing standards apply worldwide as well, and we supplemented these with a Sustainable Sourcing Policy in 2015. Our aim is that 100 percent of our procurement spend is sourced in line with our Sustainable Sourcing Policy.
Henkel is one of the signatories to the cross-sector Code of Conduct of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing, and Logistics (BME). www.bme.de
Compliance with the cross-sector Code of Conduct of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing, and Logistics (BME) is mandatory for all of Henkel’s suppliers worldwide. Henkel joined the BME in 2009, as its code is based on the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and can therefore be used internationally. The BME code serves as the basis for contractual relationships with our strategic suppliers. This means that they have either recognized the cross-sector BME code – and hence the principles of the Global Compact – or produced their own comparable code of conduct. The BME code has already been translated into 12 languages.
As part of our supplier management activities, we collaborate intensively with our strategic suppliers to ensure smart and sustainable raw materials. We aim to initiate positive changes throughout the value chain, through joint projects on process optimization, resource efficiency, and environmental and social standards. Furthermore, Henkel has been honoring sustainable innovations by its suppliers for four years.
The Laundry & Home Care business unit awarded the biotechnology company Novozymes in 2015 for the development of new, powerful enzymes as the basis for a new generation of innovative formulations. They are used, for example, in the laundry detergents of our Persil ProClean brand in the USA and have been designed specifically to meet the needs of the local market.
The Beauty Care business unit recognized Ball Aerocan in 2015 for the joint development of the ReAl can. The technology makes it possible to use recycled aluminum and has been applied to make cans for the deodorant sprays of our Fa, Souplesse and Neutromed brands.
The Adhesive Technologies business unit presented its 2015 sustainability award to Covestro Deutschland AG (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), a supplier of polyurethane technologies. Covestro was recognized for its development of raw materials for our wood adhesives that will allow us to further expand our business in sustainable wood engineering.
Henkel presents annual awards to its suppliers in various categories, including sustainability. The sustainability award of Adhesive Technologies for 2015 went to Covestro. Pictured at the awards ceremony (from the left): Thomas Holenia of Henkel, Harald Wolf, Michael Hellemann Soerensen and Dr. Karsten Danielmeier of Covestro and Paul Kirsch, Henkel.