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03-Nov-2015  Ploiesti / Romania

Henkel employees’ social engagement

Building for a good cause in Romania

Twenty Henkel employees, five days, a house: Last week, 20 employees from Henkel’s headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, flew to Romania to build a house for people in need with the “Habitat for Humanity” charity.

Like last year, Henkel employees showed their social engagement: Within a week, they helped build a new home for families in need in the Romanian city of Ploiesti. The team’s task: building the first floor of the house. Employees from several business units and in different functions were part of the group – and only a few had experience with building a house. With instructions from experts, the first floor already took shape on the first day – with the first inner walls, the floor plan was soon to be seen. During the days that followed, the employees fixed the roof-deck construction and the rooftop. On the five and last day of the “building trip” the scaffolding was removed. The team managed to build a complete house with a roof from bare brickwork with only a ground floor.

Henkel employees collected a large part of the resources needed for the international charity project themselves through fundraising activities. The Fritz Henkel Foundation, which was created in 2011, also provided financial support. The foundation is closely linked to Henkel and underscores the company’s commitment to social projects on top of its business activities.

About Habitat for Humanity

Henkel conducts the project with “Habitat for Humanity” – an international non-for-profit organization, which helps families in need worldwide by building houses. The charity’s particular feature is that companies and private individuals can volunteer for many projects on site. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired over one million homes, helping more than 5 million people worldwide.