Press Releases 2009

Carsten Tilger
Carsten Tilger appointed Henkel’s new Chief Communications Officer 

Carsten Tilger, 42, will assume the position of Head of Corporate Communications at Henkel effective March 1, 2010. As Corporate Senior Vice President he will report directly to Kasper Rorsted, Chairman of the Henkel Management Board. Carsten Tilger will succeed Dr. Marcus Kuhnert, who is currently heading Corporate Communications on an interim basis in addition to his function as Chief Strategy Officer.

Quarterly Report Q3/2009 (Cover)
Henkel recovery continues through third quarter 
  • Sales down 7.3 percent to 3,485 million euros
  • Decline in organic sales reduced to 2.5 percent
  • Operating profit up 191 million euros to 290 million euros
  • Adjusted operating profit down 1.5 percent to 385 million euros

"In the third quarter, we were again able to continue our positive performance of recent quarters”, says Kasper Rorsted, Chairman of the Henkel Management Board. “We achieved excellent results at Laundry & Home Care, and our Cosmetics/Toiletries business sector was also able to once again exceed the very good performance of the previous quarters. There was also a further improvement in the results of the Adhesive Technologies business sector in the course of the year, albeit on a lower level than in the previous year.” Rorsted continued: “The encouraging results registered in this last quarter reflect both the stabilization in our markets and our programs on structural and cost alignment.”

Henkel India announces 'Eco-Petition’ - Henkel Enviro Care Award 

Henkel India Ltd. today announced it’s much coveted, `Henkel Eco-petition’, a national level paper presentation competition for schools on environmental issues. The annual contest, spear-headed by Henkel India since 2005 has received wide acclaim. This year “Henkel Eco-petition” will address water issues, which is the need of the hour. Titled “Proper channelisation of water resources”, the competition is open to school students. The competition will see students of class 9,10,11 & 12 participating from across cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Kolkata putting their pens to paper and scripting their thoughts on the future of water.

Simone Bagel-Trah New Chair of Henkel’s Shareholders’ Committee 

Today, the Shareholders’ Committee of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA elected Simone Bagel-Trah as its new Chairwoman. Bagel-Trah takes over this office from Albrecht Woeste who has been a member of the committee since 1976 and became its Chairman in 1990. This coming Tuesday, Simone Bagel-Trah is also due to be elected Chair of Henkel’s Supervisory Board. This completes the transition from the fourth generation of the Henkel family to the fifth. The change at the top of these two supervisory bodies had already been announced at the Henkel Annual General Meeting of spring 2008.

Sustainability: Henkel’s leading position confirmed 

International consumer goods manufacturer Henkel has once again been included as a leader in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The Index lists corporations that follow the principles of sustainable development in their business operations.

Q2/2009 (Cover)
Henkel shows positive trend in Q2 
  • Sales fall 5.0 percent to 3,485 million euros
  • Organic sales decline 5.3 percent
  • Operating profit increases from 113 million euros to 279 million euros
  • Adjusted operating profit decreases 17.2 percent to 308 million euros
Two major awards for Henkel 

nternational consumer goods manufacturer Henkel has garnered honors in two renowned US communications competitions. For the fourth time in a row, the company received the highest accolade in the roll of the world’s best with the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) conferring platinum on the 2008 Henkel annual report in the “Consumer Consumables – Household/Personal” category. And in the globally established Stevie International Business Awards, Henkel’s new training film explaining the company’s corporate branding strategy garnered gold.

Henkel consolidates position in Fortune 500 ranking 

Henkel has made a gain of 20 places in the annual survey of the world’s 500 highest-revenue companies published by the US business magazine Fortune. In the overall ranking, Henkel holds position number 448 compared to 468 last year. And for the first time, Henkel has also gained entry this year in the list of companies making the biggest jump in profits, taking 36th place in that ranking.


Henko detergent re- launches with superior consumer benefit of ultimate stain removal + disinfection

Henkel recognized for ecological commitment 

For more than 133 years, Henkel has been combining leading brand performance with responsibility toward people and the environment. In Cologne on May 19, Henkel received the 2009 Plus X Award – conferred as part of a major European technology competition – for its standing as an “Ecologically Committed Company”. Also recognized were the company’s new liquid laundry detergents marketed under the Terra Activ brand.


Henkel India Limited today announced the roping in of Bipasha Basu as the Brand Ambassador for the recently launched Fa Men Xtreme. Fa Men Xtreme marks Brand Fa’s foray into the male grooming segment.

Henkel again recognized 

Henkel has once again received public recognition as a socially responsible company: for the second time running, the Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine, both of the USA, have included Henkel in their list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies”. Only two German companies have made it to this list. Among the selection criteria are corporate social responsibility, management style and innovative strength.

Albrecht Woeste to hand over to Simone Bagel-Trah 

Albrecht Woeste, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and of the Shareholders' Committee of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA announced at today's Annual General Meeting of the company that he would be retiring from these offices in September 2009 and would be proposing to the members of both corporate bodies that they elect Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah as his successor. This handing-over of the corporate baton from the fourth to the fifth generation of the Henkel family was first announced last year.

Brand Pril gets bigger and better 
  • Re-launched as Pril Perfect
  • Sonali Bendre to be the new face of the brand

Henkel India Ltd. was awarded the prestigious ‘Product of the Year’ title for two of its power brands, Pril and Bref. Both the products have been selected for the most innovative product offering in 2008 in their respective categories. Pril Anti bacterial received the honour for its differentiated offering in the utensil cleaner category; Bref Power Cleaner emerged as a clear winner in the household cleaning category. The brands were chosen by 40,000 consumers through an independent survey which is the largest ever of its kind in India.

Henkel affected by economic downturn 
  • Sales increase of 3.1 percent to 3,258 million euros
  • Organic sales decline of 7.0 percent
  • Adjusted operating profit fell 26.1 percent to 235 million euros
  • Adjusted earnings per preferred share declined 39.2 percent to 0.31 euros
Henkel holds Annual General Meeting 

Today’s Annual General Meeting of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Düsseldorf provided around 2,500 shareholders with an overview of the company’s development and performance in fiscal 2008.

Together. A pursuit for the crown. 

When it comes to hair care and style, Schwarzkopf Professional is a name to reckon with. Keeping pace with its trendy image, Schwarzkopf Professional tied up with Femina as the Official Hair Color & Styling Partner for the Femina Miss India 2009 Pageant. On two occasions, a special event was conducted in the Mumbai ASK Academy where top-notch stylists from Schwarzkopf Professional held an exclusive & rigorous hair-consultation & self-styling session for the 20 finalists of the Femina Miss India contest.

Henkel makes biggest contribution to sustainability 

U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart has selected Henkel to receive the “Wal-Mart Sustainability Award". Henkel was recognized as the one company demonstrating the most comprehensive approach to sustainability and making a substantial contribution to Wal-Mart’s sustainability strategy.

Henkel takes German top spot 

According to the annual survey conducted by the American business magazine Fortune, Henkel is Germany’s most admired company. The Fortune ranking of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” is one of the most renowned corporate rankings worldwide. On the international front, moreover, Henkel took second place behind Procter & Gamble in the “Soaps and Cosmetics” category.

Communicating the value added 

People purchasing a branded Henkel product expect the highest quality. However, this is not the only demand satisfied by such products. For more than 130 years, Henkel has been combining leading brand performance with responsibility toward people and the environment. Last year, Henkel launched a broad-based, global sustainability initiative under the slogan “Quality and Responsibility”. Henkel is committed to open dialog in this regard – not only with the community of sustainability experts but with customers and consumers as well.

Sustainability as a success factor 

Global competition is posing new challenges for all market players. In meeting these challenges, it is becoming increasingly important to combine product performance with responsibility toward people and the environment. Henkel has already been working toward achieving sustainable development for more than 130 years. The company sees its sustainability strategy – which encompasses the entire value chain – as an opportunity to set itself apart from its competitors and offer added value to customers and consumers.

Henkel increases sales and earnings 
  • Strong sales growth of 8.1 percent to 14.1 billion euros
  • Organic sales growth of 3.0 percent
  • Adjusted operating profit*: +9.1 percent to 1,495 million euros
  • Adjusted earnings per preferred share*: +3.2 percent to 2.26 euros
  • Sales in growth regions: +3 percentage points to 37 percent of total
  • Proposed dividends kept at prior-year levels
Ingenious innovators with a nose for business 

Some things are just too amazing to be true. At least, that’s what some people think. Nevertheless, true they most certainly are! And at Henkel, the development hit list is constantly being replenished with product innovations that not only prove doubters wrong, but also occasionally turn the market on its head. Each year the “Fritz Henkel Awards for Innovation" are conferred for just that kind of “interference”. Named after the company's founder, appropriately these accolades are in recognition of the kind of genius and business acumen that he represented in his time and that Henkel’s employees are to this day encouraged to emulate.

Achievements internationally recognized 

Combining economic success with corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been a constant feature of Henkel’s business philosophy for over 130 years now. And in international terms, too, Henkel counts among the leading companies in this domain. So when it came to conferral of the first ever “European Corporate Responsibility Award” in Prague on February 5 this year, Henkel was once again among the finalists.

Goals for a good cause 

Henkel, the international branded consumer goods manufacturer, is acting as an Official Sponsor of an IIHF World Championship for what is now the third time running. The world’s ice hockey elite will be gathering in Switzerland from April 24 to May 10. During the tournament, Henkel will be prominent with its corporate brand and the product brands Persil (laundry care), Ceresit (building products) and LePage (adhesives) in the stadiums in Berne and Zurich. In addition, Henkel is combining its role as sponsor with its “Henkel Smile” corporate citizenship program. Henkel is donating 50 euros for every goal scored during the tournament, with the total sum going to a children’s aid project. Fans and spectators also have the chance to actively support this good cause.

Schwarzkopf Professional unveils their prestigious range of rejenuvating Hair Spa Therapy 
  • Schwarzkopf Professional today announced the launch of their range of hair spa therapies.
  • The Hair Spa therapy treatment is a compilation of brand new ideas and massage techniques for nourishing hair so it can look gorgeous and create a long lasting impression – each therapy is exclusively crafted to treat hair textures and hair-worries in a special way!
Promoting climate-compatible consumption 

Energy efficiency and the climate compatibility of processes and products are among the key quality criteria of the future. Henkel has long been committed to maximizing energy efficiency in both production and the ensuing products. Now Henkel is also taking part in Germany’s “Product Carbon Footprint” pilot project with the aim of driving forward the development of appropriate methods for determining all climate-relevant emissions attributable to a product – reliable techniques that are capable of generating transparent and comparable results. The project participants have now presented a range of concepts for calculating and analyzing product-related green house gas emission balances.


Henkel India Ltd. today announced the launch of ‘Eco-learn’, a pioneering learning initiative to inculcate environmental concern and sustainability in future decision makers. Henkel India is developing a CD, capable of making a positive and profitable difference to the outlook of business students in India. This innovative platform aims at integrating principles of environment and natural resource management into core business systems and practices.

Schwarzkopf Professional unveils their prestigious bi-annual Essential Looks 
  • Schwarzkopf Professional showcased the new 111 Edition- Part 1 Essential Looks on the 20 finalists of the Femina Miss India beauty pageant and 8 other Mumbai models. The looks showcased by Asian Ambassadors of Schwarzkopf Professional Rick Lee and Sebastian Tan is focussed on bringing fresh seasonal ideas, vigour and energy to commercial salon work at their celebrated biannual Essential Looks Show at the Hyatt Regency
  • Essential Looks is Schwarzkopf Professional’s compilation of brand new hairstyles and colors for the coming season. The new compilation of hair styles gives salon hairdressers a window to the world of catwalk fashion and an ‘access all areas’ pass to what’s truly hot in hair fashion.