Our worldwide programs are based on globally uniform standards for safety, health, environment (SHE) and integrated management systems. The SHE Standards and our Social Standards apply to all sites. We ensure compliance with these standards at the production level through our internal audit program.
We regularly conduct environmental and safety training sessions at all sites. Here, the employees are trained on topics such as protective equipment, fire protection, warehousing, and first aid – often by external specialists as well. Leadership behavior at the local level plays a key role in Henkel’s successful focus on sustainability and the implementation of our standards. For this reason, we have developed a special training program for our site managers.
We have our environmental management systems at the individual sites externally certified, wherever this is appreciated by our partners in the respective markets. At the end of 2012, about 85 percent of the production volume came from sites certified to ISO 14001, the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems.