For more than 140 years, Henkel has been taking a visionary approach to supporting environmental and social progress. We recognize the potential impact we can have by developing sustainable innovations – because our products and technologies are used millions of times around the world every day. We’ve integrated environmental and social criteria into our innovation process so that every new product or formulation we launch contributes to sustainability.
Alongside this focus on innovation, we’ve set ourselves ambitious targets as part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy. This provides a shared understanding of our direction of travel by building sustainability into the day-to-day work of our employees around the world. And it drives progress toward improved sustainability and business performance – because we believe these two aspects go hand-in-hand. Together with our partners, we’re advancing sustainability along the entire value chain.
Sustainability in Henkel Australia and New Zealand
In Australia and New Zealand, Henkel works closely with many customers and value-chain partners on sustainable innovation projects to improve performance and reduce footprint, thus creating win-win solutions.
Our partnership with TerraCycle on the Schwarzkopf Cares Recycling Program allows consumers to recycle all brands of hair products. Consumers can collect used packaging from hair care, colour and styling products and download a free shipping label from the TerraCycle website to mail in for recycling. The used packaging material is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products, thus diverting plastics away from landfills. Henkel is also working to reduce the amount of virgin plastic used in the manufacture of our products by using more recycled plastic, reducing the amount of plastic overall, and using bio-based plastics. Learn more about the collaboration here.
Under the Sustainability Ambassador Program, our employees visit schools to give lessons on sustainability to students. Since 2014, employees of Henkel Australia and New Zealand have taught more than 980 students simple sustainability habits that they can put into practice in their homes. After the lesson, each child receives a Sustainability Champion certificate to encourage them to promote sustainability among their families and friends.
Henkel Australia and New Zealand employees are strong advocates of giving back to the community and actively contribute to various social projects. For more information on our corporate citizenship initiatives, click here.