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Diversity & Inclusion

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.


  • Henkel employs more than 50,000 employees from over 120 nations.
  • Over 80 percent of our employees work outside of Germany.
  • Henkel generates 80 percent of its total sales outside of Germany. In 2016, the share of sales from emerging markets equaled 42 percent.
  • In our HR policy, we pursue what we call a “Triple Two Philosophy.” Triple Two means that in the course of their career, managers are offered the opportunity to gain experience in at least two functions, countries and business units.


  • Worldwide, women make up about 33 percent 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 percent to around 34 percent.
  • Henkel supports its employees in maintaining a healthy work-life flexibility, to balance their 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 upcoming working Generation Z, all generations are represented within Henkel’s organizational structure.
  • Henkel promotes the exchange of experiences and knowledge among employees in order to maximize the potential of each generation.
  • Lifelong learning has gained importance due to demographic changes. We help our employees better meet the health-related challenges of a longer working life using professional health management.
  • Henkel has already received numerous awards for its health management activities.


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