THE WHAT? Henkel has set new ambitious targets for sustainable packaging and climate protection, announced as part of its 29th Sustainability Report.
THE DETAILS The German consumer goods company has presented a strategic framework for the future, having announced strong progress towards 2020 sustainability goals, new packaging targets for 2025 to avoid plastic waste, and to become climate-positive by 2040.
Looking forward, the company has plans to become three times more efficient in its business activities by 2030, compared to its environmental footprint in the base of year 2010.
Henkel is also aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its production by 65 percent by 2025.
Sylvie Nicol, Member of the Henkel Management Board responsible for Human Resources and Sustainability, said, “With our vision to become a climate-positive company by 2040, we explicitly go one step further than becoming carbon-neutral and demonstrate Henkel’s commitment to be a leader in sustainability. We want to drive progress in our own operations and work with our partners along the value chain to jointly contribute to protecting our planet.”
In terms of sustainability, the company is looking to have 100 percent recyclable or reusable packaging, cut fossil fuels by 50 percent, and be zero waste.
THE WHY? The new goals highlight Henkel’s ongoing sustainability agenda and commitment to environmental responsibility.
Carsten Knobel, Chief Executive Officer of Henkel, said, “Our commitment to sustainability has been an integral part of our corporate culture for decades. While we are working with determination to deliver on the targets we defined for 2020, we are stepping up our goals for the future with new milestones to actively contribute to climate protection, a circular economy and social progress. Sustainability is firmly embedded in our new strategic framework, as one of the drivers of competitive edge.”