Diversity as a competitive advantage

We value the diversity of our people as an important asset for our company. We are convinced that the different cultures and competencies of our employees help us to better understand our markets and to ensure long-term business success. We thus aim for the experience, skills and talents of our people to reflect the diversity of our markets. We want the best teams – regardless of age, gender and nationality. When we appoint someone to a position, the only criteria that matter to us are competence, potential and performance, and not the filling of quotas. Our focus is therefore on identifying and eliminating barriers that could restrict individual development opportunities. As early as June 2009, the Henkel Management Board approved our Global Diversity & Inclusion Policy. The corresponding department, which was created in 2007, reports directly to our Executive Vice President Human Resources.

Worldwide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion

On the basis of the Diversity & Inclusion Policy approved in 2009, our Henkel diversity ambassadors set up local networks and working groups on various topics all over the world. In particular, these included programs to foster female managers, mentoring programs in which experienced managers (mentors) share their knowledge with junior managers (mentees) as well as initiatives revolving around balancing family and career.

Highlights 2011: Diversity at Henkel

Country/Region Highlights
Africa / Middle East We have appointed two new diversity ambassadors for the Africa/Middle East region. The global network now comprises 16 such ambassadors.
France In November 2011, Henkel signed the French Diversity Charter.
Spain In June 2011, Henkel was honored with the "Equality in the Company" award in Spain. This distinction is conferred on companies that act in an exemplary manner to promote equal opportunities for women and men.
Germany Henkel, McKinsey & Company and the "WirtschaftsWoche" business weekly presented the German Diversity Award in 2011 for the first time. The award is supported by "Charta der Vielfalt" (Diversity Charter). It is conferred on employers, individuals and innovative projects in recognition of the successful way they use diversity and diversity management to promote a diversity culture in corporate Germany. Deutscher Diversity Preis
Germany Since 2007, Henkel supports the Friends of the German Diversity Charter through financial and personal engagement, to encourage further discussion of the topic of diversity in Germany.
Germany Continued outreach to new managers by the Henkel Networking Circle, as well as integration of employees who had transferred to Germany from other countries by the "Expatriate Network." Both networks supported the international week at the Düsseldorf site. Its goal was to promote even better understanding among the employees of different nationalities at the site.

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Last updated: March 8, 2012