THRIVING COMMUNITIES

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We do everything we can to help people live better lives. Our social responsibility is to promote equity, strengthen diversity and respect human rights. We offer our employees lifelong learning opportunities, and an attractive and healthy working environment. We advocate for social progress and access to education worldwide, and we provide assistance in emergency situations.

Equity

Strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion, respect human rights and enhance the livelihoods of people.

Our policy of doing business in an ethical and legal manner is inseparably linked with respect for human rights, as well as respect for the customs, traditions and social values of the countries in which we operate. Diversity & Inclusion are a business imperative and form an integral part of our corporate culture. We are convinced that a diversified workforce, as well as an open and appreciative corporate culture, are important success factors in a globalized world. Our goal is to continuously increase the ratio of women in the company at all levels, and we have the ambition to achieve gender parity across all management levels by 2025.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strengthen our culture of belonging

At Henkel, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) are a business imperative and form an integral part of our corporate culture. We aim to foster a culture of belonging and strive for equity to release the full potential of our diversity. We are convinced that a diversified workforce, as well as an open and appreciative corporate culture, are important success factors in a globalized world. Different perspectives, cultures and ways of thinking enable us to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse markets and stakeholders with creative and innovative products, services and solutions. Through a number of programs and training courses, we strengthen the understanding and appreciation of diversity while promoting an inclusive corporate culture.

To underpin our commitment to equity with concrete measures, we announced the introduction of gender-neutral parental leave in 2023. These new global guidelines introduce gender-neutral parental leave of eight weeks for all of our employees during the course of 2024. This means that all parents are eligible for fully paid parental leave based on the role of the caregiver and not their gender or whether they are adoptive or biological parents.

Our commitment to respecting human rights

Henkel has a clear policy of doing business in an ethical and legal manner. This is inseparably linked with our commitment to respecting internationally acknowledged human rights. As early as 1994, Henkel’s Mission and Principles document emphasized that respecting social values and standards is an integral part of our company policy.

Education

Support lifelong learning and education, and motivate people to take action for sustainability.

Education is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to enabling positive change. Education enables people to acquire the knowledge and skills to lift themselves out of poverty, level inequalities, and stay healthy. Education and lifelong learning, as inherent rights and as a means of realizing other rights, are key elements that guide our strategy.

Continuous learning inspires innovation and creativity. Learning and development are critical elements of our daily work, but so is the opportunity to develop through learning outside of our core responsibilities. In contrast to traditional learning methods, we focus on innovative programs that take a holistic, engaged approach to learning, and that place a strong focus on knowledge, skills, and mindset.

This key approach to learning starts with our employees, but goes further, to our customers and the communities we operate in. Our activities are designed to empower people with the skills and competencies needed to develop innovative ideas, sustainable behaviors, and new digital solutions that will allow them to master future challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Social engagement

Together with our employees, pensioners, customers, consumers, partners and charitable organizations, we are committed to making a lasting contribution to society worldwide, above and beyond our business activities. Henkel’s commitment is based on three pillars: volunteer engagement by our employees, partnerships with charitable organizations, and emergency aid with focus on natural disasters.

Corporate citizenship is our way of “Making society future-fit.” Our activities are designed to empower people through education to obtain the skills and competencies needed to develop innovative ideas, sustainable behaviors, and new digital solutions that will put them in a position to master future challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Education programs

When it comes to implementing our sustainability strategy, it is our people who make the difference – through their dedication, skills and knowledge. Because of this, we want to foster our people’s commitment to sustainability. And we have expanded our existing training offers to include a holistic engagement program. The objective is to comprehensively equip our employees with the knowledge, skills and mindset that are central to Henkel’s role as a leader in sustainability. We also seek to engage and empower them to become actively involved in sustainability in their work environment and in their private lives.

In addition, we are committed to further expanding our community education programmes. Forscherwelt is Henkel’s contribution to scientific literacy.

Wellbeing

Foster health and wellbeing, and help drive social progress.

We promote the health and vitality of our employees to help create an agile, high-performance organization. To do so, we rely on globally uniform health and safety standards, and provide health and preventive care programs to guard against workplace risks and general health risks that could lead to illness. The broad range of health services offered at our sites has two aims: promoting our employees’ physical health, and maintaining their mental vitality.

Maintain and improve health and wellbeing

We promote the health and vitality of our employees to help create an agile, high-performance organization. To do so, we rely on globally uniform health and safety standards, and provide health and preventive care programs to guard against workplace risks that could lead to illness. The broad range of services offered at our sites has two aims: promoting our employees’ physical health (via seminars for giving up smoking, health checkups, AIDS prevention, etc.), and maintaining their mental vitality (through stress management and similar measures).

The annual global health campaign is a holistic approach that addresses the mental, physical and social aspects of health. The 2023 campaign was entitled “Eat Smart – Take Part” and aimed to improve employees’ mental resilience by bringing people together, uniting cultures and exploring the topic of healthy eating and cooking. The global health campaign reached more than 90 percent of all Henkel employees worldwide with this approach.

High level of occupational safety

Occupational safety within the company and along the value chain was a top priority for us even before the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain focused on our long-term objective of zero accidents and want to improve our occupational safety by 60 percent by the end of 2025 compared to 2010.

To achieve our goal, we invest in training to raise awareness and increase technical safety standards. We regularly review whether our Safety, Health and Environment standards are being strictly adhered to and we are committed to improving occupational safety at our subcontractors and that of other companies’ employees working at our sites.

Regular training courses are held at all sites to ensure that our employees are able to identify and eliminate accident risks. We are increasingly extending the programs already in place in certain areas to cover the entire company. We also conduct global safety campaigns aimed at creating even greater awareness of the most important safety issues among our employees.


Future of work

At Henkel, we measure performance by results and not by presence. This is why we have been promoting flexible working models for many years. Based on a culture of trust, part-time work, flexible working hours, new workplace concepts and mobile working are a natural part of our work. We want to create the workplace of the future for our employees. 

Smart Work is a holistic approach to preparing our employees and our organization for the future of work. Smart Work not only covers how we frame mobile versus office work, but also how our offices can better support collaboration among our employees and creativity, how we can improve our health program, and how we can explore the potential of our digital landscape.