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Henkel supports employee initiatives worldwide

When it comes to implementing our sustainability strategy, it is our people who make the difference – through their dedication, skills and knowledge. They make their own contributions to sustainable development, both in their daily business lives and as members of society. They interface with our customers and drive innovation, develop successful strategies, and give Henkel its unique identity. Because of this, we want to further develop and boost our people’s engagement in sustainability.

Henkel has a diverse workforce consisting of more than 50,000 employees – and we support an equally diverse range of social projects, from volunteer projects in our communities through to initiatives across our sites.

Training to advance sustainability: The Sustainability Ambassador Program

Our Sustainability Ambassador program is an important educational initiative. The goal of the training is to motivate employees to engage even more strongly with the topic of sustainability. Since its launch in 2012, Henkel has trained more than 10,000 ambassadors in 79 countries. We want to train all of our more than 50,000 employees and encourage them to become sustainability ambassadors. At the same time, we want to motivate our employees to make a contribution at our sites, with our customers, in schools and in our social environment.


I Ambassador...

Open Slideshow Ambassador Sina Mohr in front of screens

... to share my knowledge on sustainability, engage with others and help manage energy at our site. (Sina Mohr, Controller Energy Business Power Plant HQ)

Open Slideshow

… to share my knowledge on sustainability with children and inspire them to care about our planet and their future. (Yayun Liu, Senior Development Scientist, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives)

Open Slideshow

... to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people and support the communities they live in. (Roberto Pela, Technical Customer Service, AI)

Open Slideshow Two female employees discussing sustainability and holding tablet

... to drive partnerships on new solutions towards a more sustainable future. (Christine Schneider, Senior Manager Sustainability, R&D Laundry & Home Care)

Our employees teach children at school

Our Ambassador Program also includes a project in which the sustainability ambassadors teach elementary school children about sustainable behavior in the home and explain how each individual can make a difference. Schoolchildren between the ages of eight and 10 learn how they can save energy and water in the bathroom, for example, through specially-designed teaching materials that emphasize interactive learning – and fun. So far, we have reached over 84,000 schoolchildren in 47 countries. This also provides our sustainability ambassadors with a unique experience of talking to highly-motivated schoolchildren about sustainable and resource-efficient behavior. 



Sustainability Film for Kids

This educational video is shown to school children worldwide in order to show how they can make a contribution to sustainability.


Strengthening partnerships

Our “Say yes! to the future” initiative provides sales employees around the world with training in sustainability topics that apply to sales, going beyond the content of the Sustainability Ambassador program. They then apply this knowledge in joint projects with our trade customers – in logistics, for example, or by promoting sustainable purchasing decisions. Alongside sales-relevant sustainability content, the training encourages new forms of cooperation by enabling discussion and exchange about best-practice examples of international of trade cooperation.


 Since 2015, Henkel has been participating in the European Sustainable Development Week with its “(Y)OUR MOVE toward Sustainability” campaign. This Europe-wide initiative aims to boost the visibility of activities, projects, and events that promote sustainable development. Through this campaign, Henkel wants to encourage sustainable behavior at work through simple actions such as turning off lights when leaving a room, printing less and using reusable water bottles. The motto “You change a little. We change a lot” shows the big, positive impact that many small individual actions can have.



(Y)OUR MOVE toward Sustainability

 Fit for Sustainability? A short video that promotes sustainable behavior at the workplace.


„(Y)OUR MOVE toward Sustainability”-Kampagne von Henkel

Saving energy was one focus topic of the „(Y)our move toward Sustainability” campaign.

MIT - Make an Impact on Tomorrow

We support the volunteer projects of our employees and retirees through the ‘Make an Impact on Tomorrow’ (MIT) initiative, launched in 1998. MIT projects around the world include the renovation of local kindergartens and schools, as well as support for educational projects, holiday activities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, support for the voluntary youth fire brigade, the construction of orphanages in Burundi, and supporting volunteer youth football coaches.
We support projects through product and in kind donations, as well as by sharing expertise or investing time through paid leave. Our basic principle is: The larger the initiative, the more support Henkel will provide. Through the great commitment of our active and retired employees, as well as through project reports, we ensure that our resources are used fully, responsibly and transparently where they are most needed.

Employees and retirees can apply for donations in kind or product donations for their specific project, or for special paid leave for time-consuming voluntary engagements.

By supporting its employees’ social engagement, Henkel sees important benefits. Better teamwork, greater motivation in their job and closer identification with their employer are just some of the positive results that volunteers report. Furthermore, the volunteers play a pivotal role as a link between Henkel and its social environment. They are "ambassadors" for our company and our corporate culture.

By establishing Corporate Volunteering (MIT Initiative) almost 20 years ago, Henkel became one of the first German companies to include the voluntary social engagement of its employees and retirees as a significant element of its corporate social responsibility policy. MIT is implemented at all Henkel locations around the world. Numerous examples testify to the success of the initiative.

MIT in Uganda: The children of Sonrise

For more than two years, Henkel employee Gabriele Haak has been a volunteer in the three orphanages run by the Christian initiative “Sonrise Ministries” in Uganda. Several times a year, she devotes herself to the children there with great compassion.

MIT in China: Love in boxes

In 2012, the “Grateful Green” project grew out of the motivation to help people in need in China. Henkel employee Lucy Zhang is a co-founder of the project and regularly works on donation campaigns. Every year before the traditional Chinese New Year, small boxes are sent to volunteers, who then fill them with winter clothing, books, care products and sweets, and decorate them. The finished boxes are then sent to disadvantaged children all over China.

Henkel employees help with the Special Olympics 2016

"Together Strong" was the motto of the Special Olympics Germany, which took place in Hannover in 2016. A total of 50 Henkel employees attended as volunteers to support the athletes at the national games for mentally and severely disabled people.

Business Unit and Brand Engagement

In addition to Henkel’s corporate engagement, our brands and business units also enter social partnerships worldwide.