Population growth, climate change, and environmental pollution are major global issues that affect everyone. Faced with these challenges, Henkel believes that it is imperative to collaborate and find opportunities to shape a sustainable future together.
Andrianto Jayapurna, President of Henkel Thailand, said, “Sustainability is a shared challenge, and, therefore, a shared task. At Henkel, we are increasing our efforts towards becoming climate positive, driving a circular economy and enabling social progress in our communities.”
With its commitment to sustainability, Henkel is contributing to the implementation of the U.N.’s global development goals. The balance between economic success, environmental protection and social responsibility has been deeply anchored in Henkel’s corporate values and heritage of more than 140 years since the company was founded in 1876.
To reduce CO2 emissions and limit global warming, Henkel is pursuing a long-term vision of becoming a climate-positive company by 2040. For example, the company aims to reduce the carbon footprint at its production sites by 65 percent by 2025 and by 75 percent by 2030 (base year 2010). By 2025, Henkel also aims to have all its consumer goods packaging to be recyclable or reusable, while using more recycled plastic in its product packaging. Additionally, Henkel has committed itself to 100 percent responsible sourcing by 2025. Another area of focus is the promotion of women’s rights, such as through the Schwarzkopf “Million Chances” initiative which focuses on empowerment of girls and women by supporting them with their education and skills training.
Examples of sustainability initiatives at Henkel Thailand
To contribute to the company’s global targets, Henkel Thailand is working closely with its customers, suppliers, and business partners to drive sustainability along its entire value chain and enable a circular economy.
At the same time, Henkel Thailand continuously invests in various sustainability initiatives at its plant sites. These include the reuse of chilled water, installation of LED lamps and using lesser packaging materials. The adhesive and beauty care plants have also set the target to install solar panels as well as purchase electricity from renewable energy providers by 2022.
Meanwhile, its Beauty Care production plant has improved the packaging of its Schwarzkopf Extra Care Shampoo and Conditioner products, resulting in the use of smaller plastic caps that weigh 43% less than the previous design.
Employees of Henkel Thailand, who are trained sustainability ambassadors, are also playing an active role in the local community. In 2020, employees from Henkel Thailand and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung foundation donated about 395,000 Thai baht to the Thai Red Cross society for supporting medical workers and providing medical equipment for COVID-19 patients. In support of the Kamlangjai Project, an initiative by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha, employee volunteers from Beauty Care Professional conducted hairdressing classes for female inmates at the Chai Nat Provincial Prison to help them reintegrate into society. Henkel Thailand also embarked on a company-wide campaign to promote the 3Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle, whereby employees are advised to drop off their plastic waste at collection points at gas stations and support various plastic recycling efforts of Less Plastic Thailand, Green Road, Precious Plastic Bangkok, Won Project, and Little Bee Hero.