Dear Friends of the Company,

“We are committed to leadership in sustainability.” This is one of Henkel’s five corporate values and the basis upon which we developed our sustainability strategy for 2030. Our ambition is to achieve more with less and to triple our efficiency in the next 20 years. Our first step in moving toward this target will be to improve our resource efficiency by around 30 percent by the year 2015.

We presented our strategy to the public in 2012. Working closely with our employees, we conducted 670 workshops across the globe in which we defined around 6,000 practical measures for its implementation.

Our employees now have a clear understanding of what we want to achieve in the medium and long term. Our partners have a high regard for our goals and our long-term road map, as well as Henkel’s leading position in sustainability which has been repeatedly confirmed over the years in numerous independent international ratings. For example, Henkel has been included in the FTSE4Good index for twelve years. In 2012, we were listed as the leader in our sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth year in a row and, for the fifth consecutive time, Henkel has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Despite all the progress we have made, we are well aware that we still have a long way to go. In view of the increasing demand on limited natural resources, we must continue to improve while reconciling short-term requirements with longterm objectives. We are convinced that we can succeed in doing so only if we continue to embed sustainability in our business operations and in our daily actions.

In moving ahead, we will focus on involving our employees even more deeply in our sustainability activities, intensifying our collaboration with our partners along the value chain, and further improving our evaluation, steering and communication tools.

We are committed to leadership in sustainability on the basis of a well-defined long-term strategy and a clear objective: Achieving more with less.

Kathrin Menges
Executive Vice President  Human Resources
and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council

“At the heart of this strategy is the simple but challenging ambition to triple our efficiency.“

Kathrin Menges
Executive Vice President  Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council

Last updated: March 6, 2013