Organization for sustainability

Our codes and standards are supported by integrated management systems and an organizational structure with clearly defined responsibilities.

Management Board

The Henkel Management Board bears overall responsibility for sustainability policy and aligns our business policy to the requirements of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Sustainability Council

Led by a member of the Management Board, the Sustainability Council as a central decision-making body steers Henkel's global sustainability activities. Its members represent the business sectors and all corporate functions. The Council coordinates the global activities in the operating business sectors, the corporate functions, and the regional and national companies. The Sustainability Council also steers the implementation of our sustainability strategy.

Photo Henkel Sustainability Council
Our Sustainability Council, whose members are drawn from all areas of the company, pictured here with Management Board Chairman Kasper Rorsted (center). The Council steers the development and implementation of our global sustainability strategy. From the left: Dr. Andreas Bruns, Bertrand Conquéret, Dr. Peter Florenz, Dirk-Stephan Koedijk, Carsten Tilger, Kathrin Menges (Chair), Alain Bauwens, Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Tina Müller, Dr. Thomas Förster, Enric Holzbacher, Prof. Dr. Ramón Bacardit.

Corporate functions

Through their representatives, the corporate functions bring both their expertise and their needs to the Sustainability Council. At the same time, they are responsible for the implementation of our sustainability strategy in their respective function. For example, they develop appropriate supplier management instruments, or ensure compliance with our standards for product safety. Overarching sustainability issues are coordinated by the corporate communications department which serves as the company-wide interface for sustainability and CSR.

Regional and national companies

The responsible managers in the regional and national companies steer the implementation of Henkel standards and compliance with legal requirements in their respective region. With the support of the corporate functions and the operating business sectors, they develop an implementation strategy appropriate to the individual sites and their local circumstances.

Business sectors

The research and development departments of our three business sectors work on key technologies and supply the basis for tomorrow's sustainable products. The business sectors are also responsible for shaping our sustainability strategy to their operating needs, as well as providing the resources needed for its implementation. They align their brands and technologies, and the sites involved, to sustainability in line with the specific challenges and priorities of their product portfolio.

International conferences & working groups

International conferences and the exchanges in expert forums are important for the continuous development of our sustainability policy. Here we share experience and discuss new scientific findings, changes in legal requirements, and current issues. The objective is to coordinate and implement new projects within Henkel and to promote the exchange of experiences within the company.

Organization for sustainability

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“In the Sustainability Council, we steer the implementation of our sustainability strategy and overarching projects.”

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

Last updated: March 8, 2012