10/13/2011, Scottsdale, Ariz.
|Corporate Communications, North America|
Henkel fosters diversity and inclusion with Diversity Awareness Day
The event featured Dr. Matthew Whitaker, Arizona State University Foundation Professor of History at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Dr. Whitaker spoke about diversity of thought and the importance of openness in the workplace.
Henkel held a series of Diversity Awareness Days across 14 of its North American facilities featuring highly regarded speakers like Whitaker and Anne Doyle, the first woman TV sports broadcaster and a former auto industry executive.
Best known as the maker of well-known brands such as Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents and Loctite® adhesives, Henkel first began holding Diversity Awareness Days in 1998 as part of its efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. In addition to keynote speakers, the events have included activities to engage and educate employees such as cultural fairs and diversity activities recognizing the importance of individuality. This year’s diversity events began in Madison Heights, Mich. on June 8 with Doyle as the keynote speaker, and continued into the fall with different speakers and activities at each location.
In addition to the Diversity Days, Henkel attended and helped sponsor the National Black MBA Association’s Conference & Expo as well as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Conference & Career Expo this year. Henkel also has worked with the organizations in hosting regional networking events.
Angela Curley, manager of corporate diversity & inclusion, says the business implications of having a diverse workplace are significant. “Having a workforce that reflects our customers is vital,” said Curley. “If we don’t understand the cultural shifts and tailor our own efforts, we’re going to miss out on major opportunities. Our vision is to build a winning culture where diversity and inclusion become a way of doing business at Henkel,” said Curley.
Henkel in North America
Henkel markets a wide range of well-known consumer and industrial brands in North America, including Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents, Right Guard® antiperspirants, got2b® hair gels, and Loctite® adhesives.
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries, and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 48,000 people and reported sales of $20.07 billion and adjusted operating profit of $2.27 billion in fiscal 2010. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX and the company ranks among the Fortune Global 500.