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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
Our production site in Viersen-Dülken, Germany, achieved a reduction in electricity consumption of 10 percent in 2015. Regular check-ups of the plant and equipment ensure the efficient use of resources and optimize energy consumption.
Here, Reinhard Borowczak and Dr. Dagmar Preis-Amberger use a special detector to identify leakages in compressed air tubes. The generation of compressed air is energy-intensive and even the smallest of leaks in tubes can result in a significant amount of wasted energy and higher costs. With the leakage detector, employees can test for leaks, even in noisy production areas.
Dr. Dagmar Preis-Amberger manages the Beauty Care plant in Viersen-Dülken. With her team, she continuously improves the site’s environmental compatibility.
By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9 billion. The accompanying acceleration in global economic activity will lead to rising consumption and resource depletion. The effect of increasing pressure on available resources is becoming more noticeable around the world. If we are to meet the needs of a growing population, we must become more efficient in the way we use our planet’s limited resources to create value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company.
We are committed to leadership in sustainability – this is one of our company values. As sustainability leaders, we pioneer new solutions while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. We are convinced that sustainability will be more important than ever before, supporting our growth, improving our cost efficiency and reducing risks.
Our long-term goal for 2030 to triple our efficiency, which we call Factor 3, requires an average improvement of 5 to 6 percent each year. For the five-year period up to 2015, we had set interim targets for each focal area that would result in a 30 percent overall improvement in efficiency.
With a 38 percent overall efficiency improvement, we have clearly achieved the first set of interim targets for the period from 2011 to 2015 – and we are well on track toward meeting our long-term goal.
By the end of 2015, we had reached all five of our 2015 targets: We improved net sales per ton of product by 11 percent (target: 10 percent) and we lowered our worldwide accident rate by 33 percent (target: 20 percent). We reduced our energy consumption by 18 percent, water usage by 23 percent and waste by 17 percent – exceeding our reduction targets of 15 percent in each of these three focal areas.
To stay on track for our long-term goal for 2030, we will need to increase our efficiency by 75 percent by 2020, which is our next milestone. We have defined corresponding targets in our focal areas:
compared to the base year 2010.
We have also committed to drive progress along the entire value chain. Accordingly, we are continuously expanding and refining our measurement systems. This has enabled us to assess our entire footprint, including our raw materials as well as the consumption and use of our products. Based on this comprehensive assessment, we have identified additional improvement opportunities and ambitions to create more value and reduce our footprint along the value chain.
If we are to decouple increased quality of life from resource use, product innovations will play an essential role. Our products need to offer customers and consumers more value and better performance while generating a smaller environmental footprint. For us, this is not a question of developing individual “green” products with a focus on selected environmental facets. Our aim is to continuously improve all products across our entire portfolio, taking every aspect into account.
This includes the smarter and more efficient aerosol cans we introduced for our Fa, Souplesse and Neutromed deodorant ranges. The cans are both lighter and contain 25 percent recycled aluminum, significantly reducing their carbon footprint. Our Persil ProClean laundry detergents contain high-performing enzymes that enable powerful stain removal and full washing performance even at low temperatures, helping consumers in the USA save energy. And our innovative Loctite GC 10 solder paste for the assembly of electronic components helps our customers save energy and costs. Unlike traditional solder pastes, it does not need to be refrigerated during transport and storage.
“Say yes! to the future”: This special training course enables sales employees to integrate sustainability topics more effectively in retail customer dialogs. Our long-term commitment to sustainable business activities reaches across all business units and functions with the initiative. From the left: Steffi Götzel, Uta Steffen-Holderbaum and Eva Braem prepare for a customer meeting.
The importance of sustainability in our relationships with customers and consumers continues to grow. Our customers expect their suppliers and business partners to ensure compliance with global environmental, safety, and social standards and to drive sustainability along the entire value chain. Our standards and management systems, our long tradition in sustainability reporting, our experience in aligning our activities to sustainable development, and our recognition by external rating agencies help us to position ourselves as a preferred partner. Cooperating closely with our customers in trade and industry, we are able to leverage our experience to optimize logistics, increase the efficiency of production processes, develop more sustainable products and foster sustainable, resource-conserving consumption.
Our employees play a key role in implementing our strategy and leveraging sustainability to strengthen our business. That is why we strive to give our employees a clear understanding of sustainability and enable them to convey its importance to others. Sustainability plays a key role in our internal communications and forms an integral part of our training and education programs.
We further promote the involvement of our employees through our Sustainability Ambassadors program. The program was launched in 2012 to engage employees more deeply on the topic of sustainability. Since then, Henkel has trained around 6,200 Sustainability Ambassadors – including all Management Board members – in 74 countries. Ambassadors are encouraged to visit elementary schools in order to explain the concept of sustainability by means of simple, everyday examples. Since the start of the program, the Sustainability Ambassadors have helped to educate around 63,000 schoolchildren in 43 countries.
We also engaged our employees around the world through our campaign “(Y)our move toward sustainability.” Here we informed and encouraged them to contribute to a sustainable society in their everyday lives. In 2015, we expanded the program and developed an additional module focusing on our retail partners: “Say yes! to the future” combines training for our sales teams, information on Henkel and its product portfolio as well as a systematic approach to partnering with our customers.