Sustainable finance first: Henkel concludes a plastic waste reduction bond

Sustainable finance first: Henkel concludes a plastic waste reduction bond

THE WHAT? Henkel has taken a further step in combining attractive corporate financing instruments with progress in sustainability becoming the first company globally to conclude a plastic waste reduction bond with a total volume of US$70 million and a maturity of 5 years.

THE DETAILS The proceeds from the bond, a private placement with Japanese insurance companies Dai-ichi Life and Dai-ichi Frontier Life, will be expressly allocated to projects and expenditure related to the German manufacturer of Schwarzkopf’s efforts to reduce plastic waste, in line with its packaging targets for 2025.

“Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges globally. We have reaffirmed our clear commitment to accelerate our sustainability actions and are working towards ambitious targets for reducing plastic waste and fostering a circular economy,” commented Sylvie Nicol, Member of the Henkel Management Board responsible for Human Resources and Sustainability. “This plastic waste reduction bond is a strong signal of our conviction that especially in times like these, in midst of the current COVID-19 crisis, we need to step up our efforts to promote sustainable solutions and concepts across the whole organization and along the entire value chain.”

THE WHY? “Sustainability is not only firmly embedded in our strategic framework for the future but also increasingly relevant for investors and the financial markets,” said Henkel CFO Marco Swoboda. “We are proud to be the first corporate issuer of a plastic waste reduction bond, once more demonstrating our ability to conclude innovative sustainable investment instruments at attractive terms. By linking financing concepts to our plastic waste reduction initiatives, the Finance team shows its continuous commitment to actively contributing to our sustainability agenda.”

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