Henkel: Radical Transparency and Sustainability

Henkel: Radical Transparency and Sustainability

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2417-5.ch009
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This chapter analyzes how Henkel aims to create sustainable value with everything they do – together with employees, partners and stakeholders. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel also takes responsibility for the safety and health of its employees, customers and consumers, the protection of the environment and the quality of life in the communities in which it operates. In conducting its business, Henkel wants to create sustainable value through innovative solutions. The findings reveal that Henkel creates more value for its customers and consumers, for the communities it operates in, and for the company – at a reduced environmental footprint. Henkel's 20-year goal for 2030 is to triple the value it creates for the footprint made by its operations, products and services - this is an ambition to become three times more efficient. Looking ahead, Henkel intends to continue developing innovations that combine performance, environmental compatibility and social responsibility in equal measure.
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Henkel at a glance 2015 –Highlights:

  • 139 years of brand and technology success

  • 49.450 employees

  • €18.1 billion sales

  • 125 nations represented by Henkel people

  • 43% of sales generated in emerging markets

  • 33% of managers are women

  • 61% of sales generated by top 10 brands

  • More than 3.400 social projects supported

  • 38% increase in overall efficiency from 2011 to 2015

Figure 1.

Henkel around the world: regional centers


Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, the company is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. With production sites in 55 countries, Henkel promotes economic development as a local employer, purchaser and investor.

Table 1.
Henkel indicators
Economic Indicators
Sales in million euros16.42818.089
Adjusted 1 operating profit (EBIT) in million euros2.5882.923
Adjusted 1 return on sales (EBIT) in percent15.816.2
Adjusted 1 earnings per preferred share (EPS) in euros4.384.88
Dividend per ordinary share in euros1.291.45
Dividend per preferred share in euros1.311.47
Environmental Indicators
Production sites169170
Production output in thousand metric tons7.8677.940
Energy consumption in thousand megawatt hours2.2192.288
Carbon dioxide emissions in thousand metric tons649667
Water consumption in thousand cubic meters7.4387.190
Waste for recycling and disposal in thousand
metric tons
Employee Indicators
Employees 1 (as of December 31)49.75049.450
Trainees in Germany484508
Proportion of female employees in percent33.233.6
Average number of training days per employee1.52.1
Participation in employee share program in percent30.129.7
Occupational accidents per million hours worked0.90.8
Social Indicators
Donations in million euros (financial and product donations, not counting paid time off from work)8.28.3
Number of projects supported2.2653.431

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