11/09/2014  Düsseldorf / Germany

For the eighth consecutive year included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Henkel again among global leading companies in sustainability

For the eighth consecutive year, Henkel has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe (DJSI Europe). The inclusion in both indices confirms Henkel’s excellent performance among the leading companies in the Household Products category. The indices list corporations that follow the principles of sustainable development in their business operations.

S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Swiss agency RobecoSAM today announced the results of their 2014 sustainability assessments. The ranking is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, tracking issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, resource efficiency, supply chain standards and labor practices. Only 10 percent of the world’s 2,500 largest corporations are selected for the DJSI World, while only 20 percent of the 600 largest European corporations are included in the DJSI Europe.

“Global population growth and continuously increasing demand make it necessary to decouple growth and quality of life from resource consumption,” said Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council. “Building on our experience, we are pioneering new solutions that will drive sustainable development while continuing to grow our business successfully. The results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and other global ratings confirm that we are on the right track to implement our ambitious sustainability strategy.”

Numerous rating agencies and the capital markets have repeatedly recognized Henkel’s excellent performance in the field of sustainable development: Henkel was listed for the third time in the Stoxx ESG Leaders indices as leading global company in terms of environmental, social and governance criteria. It has also been included in the Global Challenge Index since 2010 for its wide-ranging commitment to sustainability. Henkel’s inclusion in the three new indices Euronext Vigeo World 120, Europe 120, Eurozone 120 has been confirmed for the second time. It also holds Prime Status in the Oekom sustainability assessment, making it one of the world’s best in its sector.

Henkel aims to triple the value that it creates compared with the environmental footprint of its products and technologies by 2030. This ambitious goal aims to ensure that society continues living well and within the limits of the planet. Over the past 11 years, the company has cut water and energy consumption by 51 percent and 44 percent per ton of production, respectively, and reduced waste by 47 percent per ton of production. Over the same period, the number of work accidents dropped by 90 percent.

Henkel provides extensive information on sustainability together with an overview of all relevant rankings and ratings on its website at www.henkel.com/sustainability.