General commitment

Sustainability and social responsibility

In its Vision & Values, Henkel has declared its dedication to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Recognizing the need to harmonize economic, ecological and social goals, Henkel actively accepts responsibility within its sphere of influence and thus contributes to the global implementation of sustainable solutions.
As a visible sign of its commitment, in July 2003 Henkel declared its participation in the United Nations' Global Compact.

Environmental and consumer protection

Environmental protection, safety, health, and quality aspects have been given a top priority at Henkel for decades. Continuous improvement in these areas is an integral part of our Vision & Values. Outstanding quality of our products means more than convenience and high performance. It includes all-encompassing product safety and ecological compatibility. Customers and consumers alike can depend upon the fact that Henkel products and technologies have been tested thoroughly to ensure that, when used as intended, they are safe for health and the environment.

Pritt Stick: Safe for children

The solvent-free Pritt Stick celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. An environmental and economic success: more than one billion units sold. Henkel obviously places particularly high priority on its ecological compatibility and product safety, especially as it is often used by children. The Pritt Stick is solvent-free, PVC-free and certified to comply with stringent EU child safety legislation.

Naturally Pritt: Based on renewable resources

The Pritt Stick shows how Henkel replaced mineral oil based raw materials by suitable renewable raw materials at an early stage. In 1991, Henkel started to develop alternatives to a variety of raw materials. The prospect of finding a substitute raw material that would reduce dependence on mineral oil based polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was also economically interesting, as the great demand for PVP was met by just a few suppliers.

The quality of the glue stick produced with an alternative raw material had to be at least equal to that of the existing product. Starch ether was identified as a potential alternative raw material, as starch has good adhesive properties when it is appropriately chemically modified. After a development period and a test phase of two years, consumer tests were successfully concluded and the first generation of the starch-based Pritt Stick was produced. In 2000, PVP was finally completely replaced. Worldwide, Henkel is the only supplier of starch-based glue sticks.

Safe products, backed up by good advice

The compatibility of Henkel products and technologies with health and the environment is assessed in detail. This involves evaluating the properties of the individual ingredients, their concentrations in the product, and the conditions under which the product is to be used. If, despite appropriately designed packaging and detailed instructions, products are used incorrectly or mishaps occur, Henkel customers and consumers can always contact its advice services as well as special hotlines for emergencies.
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Sustainability

Many rankings and awards acknowledge Henkel as a global leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). And because we embraced these ideals many decades ago, we are in fact already working on solutions to the problems of our age, such as the growing threat of climate change. With this in mind, we are consistently optimizing all of our brands and technologies in three phases of their life cycle: research and development, production, and use.

The limited availability of water, energy and other resources has been recognized as a global challenge. We have taken up this challenge, and we confront it by taking action locally in more than 125 countries. We aim to make a valuable contribution to society. The basis for this is our vision to make people’s lives easier, better and more beautiful with our brands and technologies. Our way of achieving this in a sustainable and socially responsible manner is to combine excellent performance with responsibility toward people and the environment.

Some of the products and their sustainability

Adhesives – Pritt Stick

  • 90 % of renewable ingredients in total glue mass: no PVP or PVA (oil based components)
  • solvent free
  • special airtight container keeps glue fresh for longer: increased life time, reduced waste
  • washable in cold water

Correction – Pritt ECOmfort Roller

  • First correction roller in the world with shells made out of 89% natural plastic
  • Solvent and acid free
  • Awarded Third Place for “Bio-based Material of the Year 2010” at the Hanover Fair
  • Comfortable handling: sideway application and ergonomic design
  • Perfect cover: 8.5m improved premium correction layer
  • Dry & clean correction result: write over immediately with every pen - without smearing
  • Without shadows or edges when copied

Correction – Pritt Compact Roller

  • No solvents or other toxic products as in most correction fluids
  • Increased easiness and convenience compared to correction fluids: can be written on immediately
  • Compact available in double width (8,4 mm) for handwritten text
  • Produced in reduced emission plant*

*As published by Henkel in annual sustainability report, verifiable at www.sd.henkel.com