Globally applicable standards and clearly defined responsibilities

Our worldwide efficiency programs are based on globally uniform standards for safety, health, environment (SHE) and integrated management systems. The SHE Standards and our Social Standards apply to all sites. We ensure compliance with these standards at the production level by a clearly defined process comprising communication measures, training courses and internal audits.

We have our environmental management systems at the individual sites externally certified, if this yields competitive advantages. At the end of 2011, about 70 percent of the production volume came from sites certified to ISO 14001, the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems.

Checking the level of compliance with our standards is part of the due diligence procedure undertaken before we buy into a company. On the basis of the results, we draw up detailed action plans to raise newly acquired sites to the level of the Henkel standards where necessary.

Training courses regarding our standards

Leadership behavior at the local level plays a key role in Henkel's successful focus on sustainability and the implementation of our standards. We therefore give high priority to special training programs to raise the awareness of all production employees. These include the introduction of modern management methods, continuous professional development seminars, and training courses on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Leadership. In 2011, the Corporate Internal Audit department alone trained more than 250 employees in the Henkel standards on safety, health and environment. The program content ranged from risk assessment to emergency management and management systems.

Results of our internal audit program

We carry out regular audits at our production and administration sites and, increasingly, at our subcontractors and logistics centers to verify compliance with our codes and standards. The audits are a key instrument for identifying risks and potential improvements. In 2011, we conducted 62 audits. In the course of the audits, a total of 1,586 corrective actions were agreed upon in order to make Henkel's operations even better, more efficient and safer. We audited the safety, health and environment (SHE) standards at 35 sites and subsequently initiated 256 optimization measures. These included the mandatory labeling of raw materials and other materials, storage procedures, and rapid access to escape doors.

Georisks at our sites

The increasing frequency of natural disasters has prompted an intensified discussion of the georisks for industrial enterprises. Examples from 2011 include the major earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, the economic consequences of which have also affected Henkel sites.

The analysis of production risks is a key aspect of our corporate risk management activities. This applies both to existing sites and to new investment projects. During our site inspections, we also assess possible georisks resulting from local geographical factors. These include location in areas where earthquakes or floods are likely to occur. However, our risk analyses alsofocus increasingly on the availability of water in a region and on geographical changes brought about by climate change.

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Last updated: March 8, 2012