01/26/2007, Düsseldorf/Davos

 

 
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Henkel is a top sustainability performer

In the "Good Company Ranking 2007," Henkel has been honored as a sustainably operating and socially responsible company: In the European Corporate Social Responsibility rating of the 120 biggest companies, Henkel took a very good second place. And once again Henkel is one of the "Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World," presented by the Canadian financial consultants Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.
Düsseldorf, Germany/Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2007 - In the "Good Company Ranking 2007," Henkel has been honored as a sustainably operating and socially responsible company: In the European Corporate Social Responsibility rating of the 120 biggest companies, Henkel took a very good second place. And once again Henkel is one of the "Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World," presented by the Canadian financial consultants Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.

In the "Good Company Ranking 2007," the jury recognized Henkel for its "successful staffing policy and future-oriented ecological and social engagement which is reflected positively in corporate governance and profitability." Some 120 of the biggest European companies were evaluated for the ranking in the categories human resources management, environmental management, corporate citizenship and financial performance. Henkel scored 66.7 out of 80 possible points. The "Good Company Ranking" was conducted by the German monthly "manager magazin", the accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche, German branch, and the consulting and design agency Kirchhoff Consult. Members of the jury included the former director of the environmental program of the United Nations Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer and Dr. h.c. Helmut Maucher, honorary president of Nestlé.

"We are pleased that our sustainability performance has been rated so positively once again," said Dr. Friedrich Stara, Executive Vice President Laundry & Home Care, at the awards ceremony, which took place parallel to the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 25.

The day before, on January 24, Henkel had been listed once again under the "Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations of the World," also in Davos. This rating is presented by the financial consultants Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, based in Richmond Hill, Canada.

"These good external ratings confirm that our strategy of sustainability and corporate social responsibility is understood by our stakeholders," says Stara. "We assume this responsibility wherever Henkel operates. We contribute to society through our brands and technologies, while always striving to harmonize economic, ecological and social objectives."

One current example is the introduction of compact heavy duty detergents in Middle and Eastern Europe - within the Laundry Sustainability Project of the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products A.I.S.E. By further optimizing the formulation, Henkel has decreased the necessary dosage per wash cycle by one third - from 150 to 100 grams. To help consumers become accustomed to the new dosage amounts, an appropriately graduated scoop is enclosed in every pack of compact powder detergent.

At a press conference on March 22, 2007, in Düsseldorf, Henkel will present its sustainability strategy as well as its sustainability performance for 2006. Further information on sustainability and corporate social responsibility can be found on the Internet: http://www.sd.henkel.com.

In North America, Henkel markets a wide variety of consumer and industrial brands, including Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Dep® and göt2b® hair styling products, and Right Guard® antiperspirants.

"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company, operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2005 Henkel generated sales of 11.974 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for Henkel worldwide. People in approximately 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.