Be actively involved in sustainable development

On local, national and international levels, Henkel participates in a wide variety of projects, topical initiatives, and symposia, to make active contributions in the shared task of shaping sustainable development. This also includes engagement in policy-making workgroups and in industrial associations, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Consumer Goods Forum, and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.).

Here we use our experience and leadership in sustainability to spur the debate on sustainable consumption. We are involved in several workgroups dealing with this topic. The Sustainable Consumption group of the WBCSD published initial results of its work in a report issued in November 2011.

Our participation in international initiatives

Logo World Business Council for Sustainable Development

In 1993, Henkel joined the World Industry Council for the Environment. In 1996, the Council merged with another industry initiative to form the WBCSD, of which Henkel is therefore also a founding member.

Logo Global Compact

In 2003, Henkel joined the United Nations Global Compact. By participating in the Global Compact, Henkel publicly committed to uphold human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work, to protect the environment and to work against all forms of corruption.

Logo ICC

In the run up to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992), Henkel was one of the first companies to sign the International Chamber of Commerce's Business Charter for Sustainable Development in 1991. Taking the 16 management principles of the ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development as a basis, Henkel has conducted a self-evaluation in 2002 of how far it has progressed toward sustainability during the past years.

Logo Responsible Care

In 1995, Henkel committed to the chemical industry's international Responsible Care initiative. Product stewardship, plant safety, occupational and environmental protection, transport safety and dialogue are firmly anchored in its corporate standards.


To develop and promote new solutions for sustainable harvesting and use of palm oil throughout the value chain, we have been actively supporting the aim of the „Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil“ (RSPO) for years. In 2007, for example, a Henkel representative attended the fifth meeting of the Round Table (RT5) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since April 2008, Henkel has been an official member of the RSPO.

Logo CO2-Footprint

Since April 2008 Henkel participates in the Product Carbon Footprint Pilot Project Germany. Under the project leadership of the WWF, Öko-Institut-Institute for Applied Ecology, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and THEMA1, Henkel and nine other companies have come together to work on the issue of assessing and communicating product-related greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions, or so-called Product Carbon Footprints (PCF). The objective is to contribute to the international harmonization of methodologies for PCF assessments. The Project will explore possibilities of communicating PCF of goods and services to customers and consumers, taking into account recent developments in other markets.

Logo Global Roundtable on Climate Change

Henkel supports the “Global Roundtable on Climate Change“ of Columbia University, New York, since May 2007. The multi-stakeholder forum brings together high-level representatives from the private sector, research institutions, international governmental and non-governmental organizations. The objective is to discuss and explore areas of potential consensus regarding core scientific, technological, and economic issues critical to shaping sound public policies on climate change.


The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPPA) is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the European trade associations of seven industry sectors, and individual companies. It was founded in November 2005 with the aim of promoting the development and establishment of new alternative methods for testing safety according to the 3R principles (replace, reduce, refine).

Logo Charter for Sustainable Cleaning

The A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a voluntary initiative of the international soaps, detergents and cleaning products industry and was introduced with the intention of making positive contributions to society and for the environment. The Charter provides a framework based on considering product life cycles in order to promote sustainable behavior and reporting. The framework covers a broad spectrum of activities and initiatives, e.g. the safety of chemicals and products for people and the environment. The Charter itself goes beyond existing legal requirements and is designed to encourage the industry to continuously improve sustainability performance. Companies which have signed up to the Charter direct their efforts at incorporating the sustainability ethos at all stages of a product life cycle, from design and manufacture to use and disposal.

Logo Diversity charter

The Diversity Charter is a fundamental commitment to treating people in an enterprise with fairness and dignity. Companies which sign this charter commit to creating a working environment that is free of discrimination and exclusion. The goal is to establish a corporate culture based on inclusion and mutual respect. Another aspect is identifying the different qualities and talents that staff may have and making use of these in the workplace, with the ultimate aim of providing the best possible service to customers.

Logo AIM

“AIM-PROGRESS” is a forum set up by companies in the consumer goods industry. It was established in order to enable and promote responsible procurement practices and sustainable production systems. A central feature of AIM-PROGRESS is the provision of a platform for exchanging views on responsible procurement practices and for supporting effective cooperation and potential alliances with other global initiatives with similar goals or interests. The forum wishes to promote and develop the utilization of general assessment methods for determining CSR performance within the value chain. It also aims to increase efficiency for all companies by collecting, evaluating and sharing non-competitive information on the CSR performance of value chains.


SIFE is an international non-profit organization which works together with leading corporations and educational establishments with the aim of encouraging university students to take the initiative within their communities, coupled with the side effect of helping them to develop their own skills and personalities so that they may later become socially responsible leaders. Participating students form teams at their universities and submit business models for carrying out outstanding projects to improve the living standards and quality of life of people in need.

Logo Fair Company

More than 1,000 companies support the Fair Company initiative which promotes fair internships and the provision of real opportunities for university graduates. Before joining this initiative, each company must sign a declaration to abide by five rules.

Last updated: March 8, 2012