Globally uniform standards

From our Vision and Values, we have formulated globally binding behavioral rules which are specified in a series of codes and standards. These apply to all employees in all business areas and cultures in which we operate.

The Code of Conduct contains general corporate principles and behavioral rules. It is supplemented by guidelines on how to handle situations involving business-related conflicts of interest and gifts. The Code of Teamwork and Leadership provides guidance for the conduct of managerial and non-managerial staff at all levels. The Code of Corporate Sustainability describes our principles in regard to sustainable business practices. It is given concrete form by standards for safety, health and the environment, purchasing standards, and social standards. The Corporate Standard of Public Affairs provides guidance on conduct for employees whose work may involve governmental or regulatory affairs. In 2011, we introduced a new standard, our Social Media Policy. It informs employees about the opportunities and the risks of using new media and offers advice on how to use these responsibly.

The codes and standards are also the basis for Henkel's implementation of the United Nations Global Compact initiative.

Last updated: March 8, 2012