Henkel and its employees and retirees provide targeted help all over the world. Henkel sponsors MIT projects worldwide, provides emergency aid, and carries out or fosters projects either as a corporation or through its brands. Henkel in India also offers many social engagement opportunities to its employees.

Read more about how we put our commitment to social engagement into practice in India. 

Digital Education Initiative

Digital Education CSR initiative of Henkel India for Government/ Municipal schools in Maharashtra was inaugurated on 28th November 2017, by Shilip Kumar, Country President, Henkel India and Dr. Ramaswami N., the then Commissioner, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) at a NMMC school located in Koparkhairane. Through this initiative, Henkel India provided identified schools with digital class and computers per-loaded with requisite software applications. In some schools, computer labs equipped with computer-friendly tables and chairs were also set up.

Each digital class includes 55 inches LED TV, PC stick with Windows 10 operating system, Maharashtra State Board's curriculum in multimedia format, wireless keyboard and mouse. Digital class focuses on providing students of these schools a great educational experience through access to presentation of curriculum in multimedia format. 

Since 2017-18, we have made available over 20 computers and 40 digital classes across 25 schools of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kurkumbh and Jejuri. We have also set up three computer labs with 10 computers each in NMMC schools. The digital education initiative of Henkel India has so far benefitted close to 6.000 students.

Reserachers’ World / “Forscherwelt”

Researchers’ World or Forscherwelt (as it is called in German), is an international education initiative set up by Henkel. It aims to encourage children to explore the world of science and to make research fun. The initiative includes teaching units for primary schools.

Through the Researchers’ World education initiative of Henkel, children discover the thrill of scientific experimentation. They become little researchers and get a playful introduction into science’s secrets. The initiative’s patron is Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders’ Committee at Henkel.

This international education initiative was launched in 2011 at our Düsseldorf Head Quarters where a child-friendly laboratory is dedicated to this initiative. Over the years, this initiative in various formats has been rolled out to other countries. More than 16,000 children around the world have already taken part in this initiative, playfully discovering scientific secrets by conducting a variety of experiments.

In India, the Researchers’ World education initiative was launched in December 2017. The initiative is funded vide Henkel India’s CSR budget. The beneficiaries of any CSR initiative in the country have to be from needy communities. Thus, for the first time in Henkel’s experience, this initiative is being conducted for underprivileged students studying in Government/ Municipal schools.
We have tied up with EDREST, an NGO, to execute this initiative. In September 2017, six teachers from the NGO were trained at our lab by the Global Head of the Researchers’ World initiative, Dr. Ute Krupp.

Since the launch of this initiative, these trained teachers have conducted experiments with students of 6 Navi Mumbai Municipal schools in Marathi/ Hindi from grades 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Considering that these schools do not have labs, these teachers carry the equipment and material required to conduct these experiments to the schools and the students conduct experiments in groups in their own classrooms.

Construction and Facility improvement at schools

With an aim to provide better facilities to school students, we had under taken various construction and facility improvement activities at 13 government/ municipal schools at Jejuri, Rabale, Digha, Sitarganj and Rudrapur, under the Edu-care program.

These activities included construction of walls, class rooms, redoing floors, leveling floors, digging bore wells, painting, fixing grills, and the like. Facilities such as e-learning systems, personal lockers, benches, water coolers, air conditioners for computer rooms, projectors, sport kits, music system, drums, tables, chairs, noticeboards, etc., were also deployed at these schools.

These activities were accomplished and led by a project team comprising volunteers from our production sites.  Approximately 5,000 students studying in these schools have benefitted from these activities.

Empowering mentally challenged children

Imparting education and skills to mentally challenged children, to make them independent.

Imparting education and skills to mentally challenged children, to make them independent.

Suryoday School was started to provide education to mentally challenged children at Nalasopara, a suburb of Mumbai. Currently, there is no school in this area, which caters to such children. The objective of this school is to make these children independent, confident and happy. The vision of the school is also to provide them with vocational training so that they are employable after they complete education from school. The school has about 37 children, who are imparted training, Sundar Iyer, CFO of the company, was able to provide for equipment required for occupational therapy, musical instruments for music therapy, and home science equipment to teach students to cook. He was also able to acquire good tables and desks, as well as writing boards for the children.

Maintenance of Public park

Henkel Anand undertook complete responsibility of the development and upkeep of a rundown public park located close to its production site at Gurugram in collaboration with and another Anand Group entity and SNS Foundation. This intervention transformed an unusable park in to a green haven in the midst of the industrial cluster.

After obtaining the necessary permissions from government entities for the initial development and regular maintenance of the park, three gardeners were appointed on third party payroll. The key activities to improve the park entailed civil work, horticulture and maintenance activities. It is noteworthy that bins at the park were made from scrap drums of Henkel Anand by speech and hearing impaired youth trained in welding.

A community center was opened at the park, where regular classes are held for out of school children and school children. The focus is on preparing out of scool children to get back to formal schooling and helping school going students with their studies.

Skill Development

To generate a means of livelihood for the people especially youth from under privileged and socio– economically backward backgrounds, Henkel Anand opened a Plumbing Training Centre at Gurugram in partnership with Kohler India, which installed all sanitary ware required at the training center.

Other such skill development programs that were started by Henkel Anand include Electrician Training Program at Parwanoo; and vocational skills training programs for under privileged women and girls at Gurgaon, Rudrapur and Parwanoo on tailoring, fashion designing, basic & advanced beauty courses, basic & advanced computer courses, nursery teachers’ training and para nursing training, among others.

These programs have been very successful in generating livelihood opportunities for the trained youths of these courses. Many of those trained are employed earning a fixed income, while others are involved in home-based entrepreneurial activities.

Slum Development and Coaching

This project was started by Henkel Anand in collaboration with SNS Foundation to provide basic and alternate schooling to the students belonging to slum areas of Parwanoo and students from areas affected due to floods at Chennai. Most of the students are either pre-schooling kids, school drop outs and students from government. schools. Redevelopment of these slum areas was also a considered in this project.

Two interventions were started in this direction: Anand Parwanoo School Slum Abhiyan and Anand Chennai Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. Community centers and public toilets were built in the slum areas of Parwanoo. Coaching was provided by SNS learning centers in 6 government schools in Parwanoo and 3 government schools in Chennai. The learning centers in Parwanoo have so far benefitted 845 students, while the ones in Chennai have benefitted 160 students.