Our management and reporting systems
Henkel first reported in 1992 on its achievements and progress in the area of environmental protection at its production sites, on product improvements and findings from initial life cycle analyses. Henkel subsequently began preparing an annual report on relevant sustainability topics and the company’s worldwide activities.
In 2013, we collected data on 163 sites representing 99 percent of our global production volume. Representative life cycle analyses cover around 70 percent of our sales across all product categories, and in our innovation process we systematically assess the contributions that our products make to sustainability. We are currently using the knowledge we have gained to further improve our assessment and measurement systems to allow us to make an integrated assessment of our progress toward our 20-year goal for 2030 across the entire company and our value chains.
Assess and manage progress
Henkel is developing various measurement methods to optimize the “Value” and “Footprint” dimensions. These allow the actions to be identified that have the greatest effect on sustainability along the value chain.
The various instruments are summarized in the Henkel Sustainability#Master®. At the heart of this evaluation system is a matrix that can be used to assess changes in the “Value” and “Footprint” dimensions.
We use the results to develop measures for improvement and innovations with improved sustainability profiles. Only by considering the entire life cycle can we ensure that the actions taken will improve the overall sustainability profile of our products.
We also use the Henkel Sustainability#Master® in a variety of different ways to conduct dialog with retail partners, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, and other stakeholders.