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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
We are committed to leadership in sustainability. This is both our ambition and one of our core corporate values. To us, it is not only a responsibility, but also an opportunity to continuously improve and to strengthen our competitiveness.
Our actions are rooted in our strategy of achieving more with less. By 2030, we want to increase our efficiency by “Factor 3.” To reach this ambitious goal, we have defined concrete interim targets for the period up to the end of 2015. By the end of 2014, we had already met four of these targets ahead of schedule.
Our employees play a key role in achieving these successes. One example is our Sustainability Ambassador program: Since its launch in July 2012, more than 3,800 employees around the world have become ambassadors and explored the challenges of sustainable development. They pass on their knowledge to colleagues, suppliers, customers and students. Through a specially designed program, they have been able to reach around 36,000 schoolchildren in 37 countries.
Many of our employees gain valuable insights through regular contact with stakeholders. In 2014, we also interviewed stakeholders in important markets to learn about their expectations regarding sustainable business models. The findings will help us take our strategy and stakeholder engagement forward.
Our achievements in sustainability were recognized once again in 2014 with leading positions in various national and international sustainability ratings and indices.
Although we have already made considerable progress in decoupling growth from resource use, there are still many challenges ahead. However, with our clear strategy and ambitious goals, we are well equipped to meet these challenges and will continue to shape a sustainable future.
Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council