Henkel's Strong Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
At Henkel, we are committed to leadership in sustainability – and this commitment is anchored in our company values. We are actively supporting the achievement of the SDGs: The 17 goals represent a significant step forward in understanding the challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed in order to drive progress toward sustainable development.
The SDGs cover the full breadth of sustainability-related issues that are relevant for all stakeholders – both developing and developed nations, businesses as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and parties at all stages of the value chain across all industries and sectors. By providing a common understanding and a shared focus, the SDGs will help structure discussions at national and industry levels, and will support diverse organizations in identifying priorities and entering into meaningful collaboration. This type of collective action is centrally important to success: By joining forces and bringing our individual activities together, we will be able to achieve much stronger progress toward sustainability than we could by acting separately.
Key issues and challenges
Of course, putting the SDGs into action also presents some challenges, as is to be expected from any activity that reflects such a variety of parties with such a broad set of interests – and that confronts challenges with such wide-reaching scope.
It will be essential to prioritize goals, balancing interests and defining contributions at national and industry levels, if we are to make meaningful progress. Stakeholders around the world will need to learn together and identify effective ways to contribute to the 17 goals and their respective targets in a consistent and transparent manner. In particular, it will be important to create clarity on how existing measurement approaches can be leveraged and consolidated to provide meaningful data on progress.
Our approach and commitments
Henkel has been following the developments around the SDGs closely, and continuously reviewing the targets and initiatives that make up our sustainability approach to ensure they reflect the priorities set out by the 17 SDGs.
Due to our long history of working intensively on all dimensions of sustainability, as well as our broad product portfolio and presence in diverse markets, Henkel’s activities support almost all of the goals. Our targets and initiatives make a particularly strong contributions to Goal 8 (decent work and inclusive, sustainable economic growth) and Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production). Similarly, Goal 4 (quality education) is very closely related to many of our activities around social topics, while the partnership emphasized by Goal 17 (partnerships for the goals) is very closely aligned with the dialog- and collaboration-driven approach that has been central to our sustainability activities for many years.
Henkel demonstrated its commitment to climate change by joining the CEO Climate Leaders pledge – an open letter that urges world leaders to provide an ambitious, binding climate agreement in Paris. Energy and climate are integral parts of Henkel’s “Factor 3” strategy to become three times more efficient by 2030. Hereby, Henkel focuses on the efficient use of energy, reducing the energy use of its worldwide operations and preventing greenhouse gas emissions. In the decade between 2004 and 2014, the company reduced energy consumption by 46 percent and cut the corresponding CO2 emissions by 42 percent.
Director Sustainability Management, Henkel