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Our markets and products are diverse – and so are our people. Diversity describes the variety of individual differences, that make Henkel unique – visible differences (e.g. gender) as well as non-visible ones (experience, values and mindsets, education, sexual orientation, cultural and religious backgrounds). If individual differences complement each other well within a team and if every single employee is appreciated, real inclusion can be achieved. At Henkel, we take a holistic approach regarding diversity & inclusion and foster a corporate culture, which embraces the inclusion and appreciation of these individual differences. A special focus is on the dimensions of gender, generations and culture.
As a globally operating company, Henkel employs people from over 120 nations in more than 75 countries. Over 80% of our more than 50,000 employees work outside of Germany. Around 53% of our employees work in emerging markets. Different cultural backgrounds and experiences enable Henkel to anticipate the needs of its markets and customers, and, therefore, to successfully develop and market products worldwide. In our personnel policy, we pursue what we call our “Triple Two Philosophy.” Triple Two means that in the course of their career, managers is offered the opportunity to gain experience in at least two functions, countries, and business units.
Worldwide, women make up about 33% of our workforce. The share of women in leadership positions has developed positively in recent years, increasing in the period between 2003 and 2016, from 22% to around 34%. Henkel supports its employees in maintaining a healthy work-life flexibility, to make it easier for employees to balance work and personal commitments. We can only make full use of the skills and talents of all our employees if we support them in successfully meeting the challenges of family and career.
From Baby Boomers through Generations X and Y to the coming working Generation Z, all levels are represented within Henkel’s employee structure. Every generation has its own characteristics and preferences. Henkel promotes the exchange of experiences and knowledge among employees in order to make the most out of the potential of all the generations that work under one roof at Henkel. In addition, lifelong learning has gained importance due to demographic changes. Through professional health management, we support our employees in better meeting the health-related challenges of a longer working life. Henkel has already received numerous awards for its health management activities.
Henkel is globally engaged in various external initiatives and partnerships to foster the mutual exchange on Diversity & Inclusion. An overview of these initiatives can be found here.