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Henkel is actively engaged in projects and partnerships that support smallholder palm oil farmers worldwide in driving sustainable practices.


As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition encompasses all of our company’s activities – along the entire value chain.

Sustainability in India

Strong commitment to sustainability at Henkel in India

Henkel in India, like the company globally, is committed to leadership in sustainability. 

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Our sustainability strategy

"Factor 3": Tripling the value we create through our business activities in relation to our environmental footprint – that is our goal for 2030.

Corporate Citizenship

Social engagement – or corporate citizenship – has always been an integral part of our sense of responsibility as a company. 

Henkel’s commitment to leadership in sustainability is deeply embedded in our values. Maintaining a balance between economic success, protection of the environment, and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades. This approach applies to every business unit and function, and our more than 50,000 employees all over the world have firmly embraced the principles of sustainable development in their daily work and think and act accordingly.

Sustainability in India

Strong commitment to sustainability at Henkel in India

Henkel in India, like the company globally, is committed to leadership in sustainability. We have activated the global sustainability strategy, in all our activities along the entire value chain, from production to customer partnerships to community welfare and employee development.

Our sustainability strategy: achieving more with less

To maintain this lead in the future, we have developed a long-term sustainability strategy and set a straightforward yet ambitious goal for the year 2030. By then, all Henkel products and processes should be three times more efficient than they are today (“Factor 3”).

This aim addresses one of the central challenges we will face in the future: decoupling growth from resource consumption. Instead, we want to create more value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – while reducing our environmental footprint at the same time. Achieving more with less – this is the idea at the heart of our sustainability strategy which guides all of our business processes and activities.

Protecting the environment

Yearly targets are set and, more importantly, there is a year-on-year reduction target for water, waste and energy. Separate capital investments are earmarked for projects, in order to achieve the targets. In 2016, India’s manufacturing plants reduced energy consumption by 6.15%, water consumption by 8.44% and waste generation by 11.14%, as compared to 2015.

Key achievements /projects implemented across these manufacturing plants:

  1. As a part of the initiatives to reduce the overall power loss in distribution, the Parwanoo plant improved its power factor from 0.91 to 0.98, while at Gurgaon the improvement level was 0.99 from 0.96.
  2. First Time Through improvement for batches produced at Parwanoo increased from 66% to 77%; thereby, reducing the overall cycle time and power required for each ton of the product produced.
  3. The Gurgaon plant increased its extrusion production capacity from 15000 MT to 21000 MT; thereby, reducing the overall energy consumption for each ton of the product produced.
  4. High power consumption equipment like vacuum pumps were provided with Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to reduce overall power consumption at the Gurgaon plant.
  5. The overall carbon foot print was reduced at the Chennai plant by changing the disposal practice from incinerating the waste generated to reprocessing and reusing it for useful purposes by using an authorized recycler.
  6. New warehouse was set up at Vadpa which has been designed to ensure long-term sustainable operations. It is equipped with some of the latest energy efficient features including ‘light pipe technology’, high volume low speed fans, water-free urinals, human waste treatment and recycling system for water reduction.

Go Safe with Henkel Campaign

In an effort to address the topical issue of safety standards on the road, Henkel India launched a road safety initiative that has far reaching effects to curb fatalities and accidents in the country. The Go Safe with Henkel Campaign on Road Safety aims to create a behavioral shift amongst transporters and heavy vehicle operators by bringing about a change in the attitude towards compliance to safety regulations in India.

With this initiative towards Road Safety, Henkel has embarked on a journey in partnership with every stakeholder to achieve awareness that has far reaching implications and can make a difference to drivers who lose their lives every day due to lack of training as well as pedestrians who are innocent victims of negligent driving and non-compliance to regulations. 

Sustainable innovations

At Henkel, sustainability is anchored in innvovation. Loctite PC 7000 developed at the Pune Innovation Centre is sustainable and safer for the user and the environment. This high temperature abrasion resistant coating, used for protecting components against abrasion upto 1100°C, primarily finds application in coal power plants and mining. Loctite PC 7000 not only extends the life upto 2 times but is also cost effective.

External Assessments

Henkel India’s Jejuri production site won the National Safety Council’s Suraksha Puraskar (Bronze Trophy & Certificate) under the MSME sector category.

Frost & Sullivan’s Sustainability ‘Leaders Award‘ under Large Business - Corporate Category was presented to Shilip Kumar, President Henkel India and other team members from the company.