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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
How Henkel continues to work toward sustainable development:
an interview with Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council.
Maintaining a balance between economic success, protection of the environment and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades. As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition guides all of our company’s activities – along the entire value chain.
We believe that sustainability will continue to gain importance for the success of our business. By 2050, the global population is expected to climb to 9 billion. This growth will go hand in hand with the changing consumption patterns of a growing, more affluent middle class in emerging markets. At the same time, natural resources such as fossil fuels and water, which are already stretched, will be even more limited. These developments will shape our future business environment.
If we are to meet such needs with limited resources, we must become five times more efficient by 2050. As a result, we have defined our ambitious long-term target for 2030: Compared to our base year 2010, we want to triple the value we create in relation to the environmental footprint of our products and services. This means we will have to improve our efficiency by an average of 5 to 6 percent each year.
For the first five-year period from 2011 up to 2015, we set interim targets for all our focal areas, aiming at a 30-percent overall improvement. In all our business units, we have implemented a range of projects and measures covering the different requirements of our production locations.
We have already made significant progress. In 2014, we reached our end-of-2015 targets in four focal areas:
compared to 2010, the base year.
Detailed information can be found in our
In order to successfully implement our sustainability strategy, we have defined three strategic principles: our products, our partners and our people. We integrate these into all processes and activities – ranging from innovation to sales. We continuously engage, train and support our employees with initiatives such as our global Sustainability Ambassador program. The program was developed in 2012 and trains our employees on how to better convey the importance of sustainability to their coworkers, suppliers, customers as well as to consumers and schoolchildren. By the end of 2014, more than 3,800 Henkel employees had qualified as Sustainability Ambassadors, including the entire Management Board and top management. Through the program, we educated more than 36,000 schoolchildren in 37 countries on sustainable consumption.