Sustainability Report 2013

Measuring sustainability

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.

Analysis of our influence along the value chain

From measuring our own production through to comprehensive quantification

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.

Henkel Sustainability#Master® – Sustainability assessment of products and processes

The Henkel Sustainability#Master® combines various instruments for measuring sustainability. This evaluation system centers around a matrix based on the individual steps of our value chains and on our six focal areas. The goal is to increase the value of the product and simultaneously reduce its environmental footprint. Hot spots (white fields) can be identified for every product category on the basis of scientific measurement methods, e.g. life cycle analyses and empirical data. These are the fields with the greatest relevance for sustainability – this applies to both the “Value” and the “Footprint” dimension. The specified hot spots can also be used to compare the sustainability profile of two products or processes, thus allowing changes to be quantified. This allows sustainability profiles to be prepared for each product category. Henkel’s researchers use these findings for innovation and continuous product improvements.