Logistics planning for different products

Taking responsibility throughout the value chain includes the optimization of the transport of our products. Throughout Henkel, we are working to simplify our logistics structures and develop efficient and environmentally compatible logistics concepts. In most cases, our logistics planning is tailored to the nature of the final products to be transported. For relatively bulky products, we reduce the transport mileage and the resulting environmental burden by maintaining regional production sites. This applies especially to our laundry detergents and household cleaners, and to some cosmetics and adhesives. More compact products with a low specific weight make fewer demands on transport, so we produce them centrally in large quantities wherever possible. Our instant adhesives, for example, are produced at just a few sites worldwide.

Requirements on our logistics partners

Worldwide, more than 90 percent of the transportation of our products from the production site to the warehouse, and from the warehouse to the customer is now carried out by external logistics companies. It is therefore important for us to consider efficiency and environmental performance when we select our transport partners. Since 2010, our purchasing departments have been incorporating corresponding criteria for systematic assessment of potential suppliers in their inquiry processes and invitations to tender for logistics services. These include the definition of energy-saving targets, measures for modernizing vehicle fleets, and investments in programs for optimizing routes and determining emissions. Requesting information from companies about these criteria emphasizes our expectations in regard to environmentally responsible transport concepts, and we take them into account when we place new logistics orders.

Improving data collection on our Scope 3 emissions

We established comprehensive environmental data systems for our production operations many years ago. Some time ago we began setting up a similar data collection system in order to record the emissions associated with the transport of our products and with business trips more precisely as well. Our improved data systems show that transport of our products caused some 630,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2011. The emissions caused by our business travel amount to some 92,000 tons.

To ensure the transparency and comparability of transport emissions, in particular, we actively participate in discussions aiming to define a standard covering methods, basic data, and system boundaries. We work together intensively with other industrial companies as well as with our logistics partners, also concentrating on data exchange and the avoidance of duplication of effort. The improvements in our data basis help us to check the effect of the actions we take and to respond to the growing number of data requests from industry and retail customers.

Product transports per transport mode

Graph Product transports per transport mode
1Air freight is not one of our standard shipping methods. It is only used when our customers require extra-fast delivery.

Last updated: March 8, 2012