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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
We expect our suppliers and business partners to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our sustainability requirements. In selecting and developing our suppliers and other business partners, we consider their performance in regard to sustainability. This is based on our globally applicable corporate purchasing standards and the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Standards that we formulated as early as 1997, thereby demonstrating even then our commitment to assuming responsibility along the entire value chain.
Henkel is one of the signatories to the cross-sector Code of Conduct of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing, and Logistics (BME). www.bme.de
Compliance with the cross-sector Code of Conduct of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing, and Logistics (BME) is mandatory for all of Henkel’s suppliers worldwide. Henkel joined the BME in 2009, as its code is based on the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and can therefore be used internationally. The BME code serves as the basis for contractual relationships with our strategic suppliers. This means that they have either recognized the cross-sector BME code – and hence the principles of the Global Compact – or produced their own comparable code of conduct.
As part of our supplier management activities, we work intensively with our strategic suppliers. We strive to stimulate positive changes throughout the value chain, for example through joint projects on process optimization, resource efficiency, environmental and social standards, and innovations. Henkel has been honoring particularly innovative solutions by its suppliers since 2008. In the past two years, the three business units have also presented awards for sustainability.
In 2014, the Laundry & Home Care business unit conferred this distinction on Novozymes. Henkel has worked with Novozymes to develop powerful enzymes incorporated in its Pril hand-dishwashing liquid to ensure fast and effective removal of rice, pasta and other starch-based residues.
The Beauty Care business unit presented its Sustainability Award Beauty Care for 2014 to its business partner Croda. Croda has provided Henkel with valuable primary data on raw materials, allowing evaluations to be performed during life cycle analyses as a basis for optimizing the sustainability performance of products.
The Adhesive Technologies business unit also honored suppliers in 2014. As a leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, Adhesive Technologies recognizes outstanding achievements on the part of its strategic partners each year, presenting awards in the categories of Supply Performance, Supplier Innovation and Supplier Sustainability. The Sustainability award for 2014 went to Dow Corning, a supplier of silicone technology, for its continuous advances in sustainable process optimization.