At Henkel, Corporate citizenship is our way of “Making society future-fit”. Our activities are designed to empower people through education to obtain the skills and competencies needed to develop innovative ideas, sustainable behaviors, and new digital solutions that will put them in a position to master future challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Together with our employees, pensioners, customers, consumers, partners and charitable organizations, we are committed to making a lasting contribution to society worldwide, above and beyond our business activities. We work together to actively contribute to social progress and give back to our communities contributions that improve our society and adhere to our purpose and corporate values.
Corporate Citizenship UK & Ireland
In the UK, the Henkel Hemel Hempstead office supports local charity, DENS, which houses, supports and empowers vulnerable single homeless people, and others in crisis, to transform their lives. Colleagues volunteer, raise money and take part in events for this charity.
At our Winsford and St Neots sites, other local charities are supported.
In Ireland, teams have a wide variety of charitable causes that they support, from coaching junior Irish football teams to taking science out into the community and helping to build bikes for children. Below are just three examples of many showing how Henkel colleagues in the UK & Ireland give their time to community initiatives.
Nurturing the next wave of young scientists and technologists
In 2020, for the sixth year running, Henkel Ireland showcased its scientific skills by participating in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, to engage young people from all over Ireland into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
BT Young Scientist aims to raise young people’s engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Each year, approximately 50,000 people attend this event, which is targeted at students aged 12-19, to showcase innovative science and technology projects.
Scientific finesse was in abundance for the sixth successive year as Henkel scientists wowed visitors with many inspirational and interactive experiments. The team are always happy to explain the science behind the experiments and talk about the company's tradition of technology and innovation leadership.
Matthew Holloway, R&D Director & Head of Rapid Systems, said: “This is Henkel’s opportunity to give something back to the community and help to get children interested and inspired by science. The team in Dublin loves promoting what we do and engaging with the Young Scientists via discussion and demonstrations. This year we focused on the technologies developed on the Dublin site like Cyanoacrylates (Superglues) and Anaerobics (Threadlockers). We also showcased our activity in 3D printing.”
Green thumbs up for building a ‘Sensory Garden’
Volunteers from the Hemel Hempstead office joined forces with DENS, to help build a sensory garden and plant flowers in some newly installed raised flower beds at The Elms, a purpose built 44 bed temporary accommodation unit for single homeless people.
The team arrived eager to get to work with weeding, digging, planting flowers, making two scarecrows and a sensory garden. A mixture of hard work combined with fun and great teamwork led to a lovely afternoon and an unforgettable experience.
Chris Bloomfield, who is a volunteer himself and oversees the gardening, was impressed by the work carried out. He felt that “the team did a really outstanding job in the garden and it looks so much better for all their hard work”.
New bikes for children in need
In summer 2018, Dublin R&D staff bought and assembled twelve children’s bicycles to donate them to Barnardos – a charity that cares for vulnerable children and young people.
Riding a bike is a joy and presents a wonderful bonding opportunity for children and their parents. Teaching your child to cycle is something most people take for granted is often a missed experience for families who can’t afford a bike.
Our Dublin R&D team used their DIY skills and a lot of passion for creativity, when they set their minds to building bikes. They added balloons, streamers and other decorations. The assembled bikes were double-checked by a professional and then donated to Barnardos.
Claire Rooney, Corporate Fundraising Executive at Barnardos, attended the event and very much appreciated the initiative, saying: “We receive lots of donations around Christmas but there are fewer contributions during the year. People forget that children also have birthdays.”