Sustainability at Henkel
Our commitment to leadership in sustainability is deeply embedded in our values. Maintaining a balance between economic success, protection of the environment, and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades. Our pursuit of sustainability is both long-term and entrepreneurial in nature, covering all of our activities throughout the value chain. Having invested many years of focused effort in the cause of sustainable development, we have built up an excellent reputation as a company with globally leading positions in this arena. And we are determined to remain in the vanguard of sustainability. That is why together with all our business units and outside experts we have developed a long-term Sustainability Strategy for 2030. With our revised strategy, we are building on our strong track record and what made us successful in the past. At the same time, we are aiming to address one of the central challenges we will face in the future: to decouple growth from resource consumption. At the heart of this strategy is the simple, yet challenging, ambition: to achieve more with less and to triple our efficiency by 2030. This requires all of us to pioneer new solutions and challenge the way we run our business and operations.
Our Sustainability Strategy 2030: Achieving more with less
Right now, seven billion people live on our planet. By the year 2050, that figure is expected to grow to about nine billion. Making sure future generations can live well within the resource limits of our planet will take a major shift in thinking.
Our Sustainability Strategy 2030 at a Glance
To us, sustainability means people living well and within the resource limits of the planet (as defined by the WBCSD Vision 2050). However, the global human footprint is already greater than the planet’s resources can bear. The world population continues to grow rapidly and growing affluence is also changing consumption patterns. As a result, pressure on natural resources will be accelerating dramatically in the coming decades. While these developments are challenges for the future, they also offer great potential: Innovating and achieving more with less will be key to becoming sustainable without sacrificing people’s quality of life. Companies must find ways of growing and improving quality of life without using up more resources and causing more emissions.
We need products that allow people to live a good life yet use less and less materials. This idea is at the heart of Henkel’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy: Achieving more with less. It aims to create more value for our customers, consumers, communities and the company alike, while simultaneously reducing the environmental footprint. Innovative and smart thinking will be essential in following this strategy.
Research institutes and sustainability analysts regularly assess how companies balance economic, ecological and social factors. Henkel welcomes these external assessments of sustainability performance, which result in greater market transparency. Cross-sectoral sustainability and ethical indexes also play an increasingly important role in international capital markets. Henkel’s leading role in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility is confirmed by many international rating organizations and sustainability analysts
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