Making sustainability happen
Ecological, biological, green – these are the first associations that spring to mind when one hears the word "sustainability". But also a company's social commitment can be associated with this buzzword. However, we at Henkel believe that companies which only focus on green labels or limit sustainability to donations, sponsoring and projects outside their business scope do not reach far enough. Rather, sustainability must be understood as a responsibility for the company's core business throughout the entire value chain. But what does that mean in real terms? How does this affect, for instance, the construction and adhesive business? And what are the benefits for the customer?
Many decades before the topic became trendy, Henkel already understood sustainable business practices as a holistic task that involves the entire product life cycle: from raw materials and production all the way to the use and disposal of products. Today, Henkel has defined five overarching focal areas in its corporate policy. These include: "Energy and Climate", "Water and Wastewater", "Materials and Waste", "Health and Safety" as well as "Social Progress". All new products are expected to make a contribution to sustainable development in at least one of these focal areas. At the heart of this principle is the additional benefit for the customer and the responsibility toward people and the environment.