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  • Overall approach
    5/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/4
      Overall commitment
      Zero net deforestation or, for soy, palm oil, leather and beef companies only, no deforestation of HCV and HCS forests
      2/4
      "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim. Some materials require specific attention, e.g. palm oil or pulp and paper. Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil
      "The Henkel Management Board bears overall responsibility for our sustainability strategy and for the compliance organization in order to ensure that legislation and internal guidelines are observed." - sustainability strategy includes deforestation
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      No
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: NA
      "Guatemala: Henkel Guatemala received an award from inab, the national forestry authority, for taking part in a reforestation campaign and helping to combat climate change. inab contributes both nationally and internationally to the sustainable development of the forestry sector in Guatemala and to improving the economy, as well as quality of life. As one of 13 companies taking part, Henkel carried out reforestation near the detergent factory in Mixco. 330 trees were planted by employees and their families. The award recognized Henkel Guatemala as one of a total of 13 “Friends of Forest.”
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2025 . 2030
      "Aim for climate-positive operations by 2030...Henkel aims to reduce its carbon footprint in production by 65 percent by 2025 (vs base year 2010). By the end of 2021, Henkel had already halved its CO2 footprint in production."[...]"Henkel commits to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 67 percent per ton of product by 2030 from a 2017 base year."
  • Commodity score
    28/90
    • Palm oil
      39/90
      • Commitment Strength
        12/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            When was this commitment set?: NA

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim. Some materials require specific attention, e.g. palm oil or pulp and paper." [...] "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "Our palm oil targets for 2025...Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced...In fiscal year 2020, we were able to source 90 percent of our total demand for palm oil and palm kernel oil, together with the derivatives mainly used by Henkel, as certified raw materials in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. In some markets, unfortunately, certified raw materials are still not available to us locally, due to insufficient demand in certain emerging markets. In these cases, we join forces with our suppliers to look for solutions or, alternatively, we have to import raw materials, at a corresponding cost in terms of time and effort. Additionally, a number of derivatives of palm kernel oil-based raw materials that we use in comparatively small quantities are still not available as RSPO-certified products. In these circumstances, too, we maintain an intensive dialog with our suppliers. The challenges mentioned above were compounded in 2020 by delays in RSPO certification for some suppliers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are confident that we will make further progress in the transition to certified raw materials in the years ahead, yet we must acknowledge that full transition of our value chains to sustainable palm oil remains challenging"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim. Some materials require specific attention, e.g. palm oil or pulp and paper."; "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "Our palm oil targets for 2025...Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced...In fiscal year 2020, we were able to source 90 percent of our total demand for palm oil and palm kernel oil, together with the derivatives mainly used by Henkel, as certified raw materials in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. In some markets, unfortunately, certified raw materials are still not available to us locally, due to insufficient demand in certain emerging markets. In these cases, we join forces with our suppliers to look for solutions or, alternatively, we have to import raw materials, at a corresponding cost in terms of time and effort. Additionally, a number of derivatives of palm kernel oil-based raw materials that we use in comparatively small quantities are still not available as RSPO-certified products. In these circumstances, too, we maintain an intensive dialog with our suppliers. The challenges mentioned above were compounded in 2020 by delays in RSPO certification for some suppliers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are confident that we will make further progress in the transition to certified raw materials in the years ahead, yet we must acknowledge that full transition of our value chains to sustainable palm oil remains challenging"
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/1
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: net zero deforestation
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim. Some materials require specific attention, e.g. palm oil or pulp and paper."; "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "Our palm oil targets for 2025...Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced...In fiscal year 2020, we were able to source 90 percent of our total demand for palm oil and palm kernel oil, together with the derivatives mainly used by Henkel, as certified raw materials in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. In some markets, unfortunately, certified raw materials are still not available to us locally, due to insufficient demand in certain emerging markets. In these cases, we join forces with our suppliers to look for solutions or, alternatively, we have to import raw materials, at a corresponding cost in terms of time and effort. Additionally, a number of derivatives of palm kernel oil-based raw materials that we use in comparatively small quantities are still not available as RSPO-certified products. In these circumstances, too, we maintain an intensive dialog with our suppliers. The challenges mentioned above were compounded in 2020 by delays in RSPO certification for some suppliers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are confident that we will make further progress in the transition to certified raw materials in the years ahead, yet we must acknowledge that full transition of our value chains to sustainable palm oil remains challenging"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim. Some materials require specific attention, e.g. palm oil or pulp and paper."; "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2020
            "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Establish full traceability and transparency of the palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products: From our activities, we have learned that there is a need for further optimisation with regard to transparency and traceability and that cross-industry initiatives are necessary to make the achievement of the “zero net deforestation” target verifiable. In 2021, we increased traceability rate to the mill to 84 percent and 42 percent to the plantation by engaging with our key suppliers to map our joint palm-based supply chain1. We did this with the support of an external sustainability consultancy. As part of our supplier management activities, we collaborate intensively with our strategic suppliers to ensure the procurement of sustainable raw materials. We use the Sustainable Palm Index (SPI) to assess the progress of our suppliers with respect to their level of supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices and compliance with the NDPE Principles and human rights. We once again used the SPI to create a compliance profile of our major suppliers of palm oil-based raw materials in 2021. This tool helps us to identify potential improvements and define action plans together with our suppliers."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Establish full traceability and transparency of the palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products: From our activities, we have learned that there is a need for further optimisation with regard to transparency and traceability and that cross-industry initiatives are necessary to make the achievement of the “zero net deforestation” target verifiable. In 2021, we increased traceability rate to the mill to 84 percent and 42 percent to the plantation by engaging with our key suppliers to map our joint palm-based supply chain1. We did this with the support of an external sustainability consultancy. As part of our supplier management activities, we collaborate intensively with our strategic suppliers to ensure the procurement of sustainable raw materials. We use the Sustainable Palm Index (SPI) to assess the progress of our suppliers with respect to their level of supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices and compliance with the NDPE Principles and human rights. We once again used the SPI to create a compliance profile of our major suppliers of palm oil-based raw materials in 2021. This tool helps us to identify potential improvements and define action plans together with our suppliers."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Use an index (Sustainable Palm Index) to assess supplier progress with respect to their supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices and compliance with NDPE
            "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Establish full traceability and transparency of the palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products: From our activities, we have learned that there is a need for further optimisation with regard to transparency and traceability and that cross-industry initiatives are necessary to make the achievement of the “zero net deforestation” target verifiable. In 2021, we increased traceability rate to the mill to 84 percent and 42 percent to the plantation by engaging with our key suppliers to map our joint palm-based supply chain1. We did this with the support of an external sustainability consultancy. As part of our supplier management activities, we collaborate intensively with our strategic suppliers to ensure the procurement of sustainable raw materials. We use the Sustainable Palm Index (SPI) to assess the progress of our suppliers with respect to their level of supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices and compliance with the NDPE Principles and human rights. We once again used the SPI to create a compliance profile of our major suppliers of palm oil-based raw materials in 2021. This tool helps us to identify potential improvements and define action plans together with our suppliers."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "Our palm oil targets for 2025:Establish full traceability and transparency of the palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products: From our activities, we have learned that there is a need for further optimisation with regard to transparency and traceability and that cross-industry initiatives are necessary to make the achievement of the “zero net deforestation” target verifiable. In 2021, we increased traceability rate to the mill to 84 percent and 42 percent to the plantation by engaging with our key suppliers to map our joint palm-based supply chain1. We did this with the support of an external sustainability consultancy. As part of our supplier management activities, we collaborate intensively with our strategic suppliers to ensure the procurement of sustainable raw materials. We use the Sustainable Palm Index (SPI) to assess the progress of our suppliers with respect to their level of supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices and compliance with the NDPE Principles and human rights. We once again used the SPI to create a compliance profile of our major suppliers of palm oil-based raw materials in 2021. This tool helps us to identify potential improvements and define action plans together with our suppliers."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        8/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: TIER 1
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: • Giving employees the right to rest and recuperate, and providing them with fair compensation and benefits. • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age. • Respecting the rights of employees to freedom of assembly and association. • Demonstrating zero tolerance for forced labor based on the following three principles: 1. Every worker should have freedom of movement 2. No worker should pay for a job 3. No worker should be indebted or coerced to work • Prohibiting child labor as defined in ILO Convention No. 138 [...] Sustainable and ethical practice by our suppliers is an essential element of Henkel’s commitment to the UN Global Compact"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that support?: Education and training, Economic

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: NA
          "We have partnered with Solidaridad on initiatives in Colombia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Nigeria since 2013. The focus was on training in best practice approaches, including climate-friendly agriculture, along with exerting an influence on policy and involving stakeholders. Many of our projects were successfully completed in 2020 and 2021. Last year, we were engaged in projects in Colombia, Nicaragua and Nigeria. Building on the very good collaboration with Solidaridad, we have developed specific plans for the next few years to expand the commitment further. Our project in Nicaragua, which was successfully completed in 2021, focused on creating a 100-percent-RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil sector involving smallholders. The project has accompanied 173 farmers on their journey to certification and led to the creation of the first association of palm oil producers in Nicaragua. This enables smallholder farmers to cooperate in the transition to the RSPO standard and generate RSPO credits. There was also an average yield increase of at least 13 percent.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: ... • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "Expectations relevant for Henkel’s business activities Taking measures to mitigate the risk of violations of people’s rights to own property within our supply chain related to palm oil: Specifically, the practice of converting land inhabited by indigenous peoples or customary law communities into palm oil plantations without adhering to the principle of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        19/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          In their 2020 RSPO report, Kenkel AG report 109913.0 total palm oil tons, of which 109,458 tons are certified. ; (Verified) "Our palm oil targets for 2025...Cover 100 percent of our demand with oils whose responsible sourcing is certified or externally confirmed: All palm and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. We are also aiming at certification according to the RSPO’s segregation model for the portion of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is directly sourced...In fiscal year 2020, we were able to source 90 percent of our total demand for palm oil and palm kernel oil, together with the derivatives mainly used by Henkel, as certified raw materials in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model. In some markets, unfortunately, certified raw materials are still not available to us locally, due to insufficient demand in certain emerging markets. In these cases, we join forces with our suppliers to look for solutions or, alternatively, we have to import raw materials, at a corresponding cost in terms of time and effort. Additionally, a number of derivatives of palm kernel oil-based raw materials that we use in comparatively small quantities are still not available as RSPO-certified products. In these circumstances, too, we maintain an intensive dialog with our suppliers. The challenges mentioned above were compounded in 2020 by delays in RSPO certification for some suppliers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are confident that we will make further progress in the transition to certified raw materials in the years ahead, yet we must acknowledge that full transition of our value chains to sustainable palm oil remains challenging"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          "We place the same exacting demands on our suppliers and business partners worldwide. We expect them to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our sustainability requirements"
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing technical capacity

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Collaborate with Solidaridad
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Our suppliers must comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as the standards relevant for their business. This requires systematic documentation and records. Non-conformities must be identified and addressed through appropriate controls. Henkel’s suppliers are evaluated with respect to their ability to meet Henkel’s requirements and specified expectations. More specifically, Henkel assesses and audits suppliers in fields such as environmental performance, health & safety, human rights, ethics and fair competition. Suppliers who repeatedly fail to meet the defined requirements will be identified and corrective actions will be taken."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What product types/sectors is this in?: Cosmetics

          Total volume: 109913.0 Metric Tonnes

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 109913.0 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 Metric Tonnes
          In their 2020 RSPO report, Kenkel AG report 109,913 total palm oil tons, of which 109,458 tons are certified.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 93%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Unspecified

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 93%
          "Our six-step Responsible Sourcing Process, which generates indicators on the sustainability performance of our suppliers, is a central element of our strategic risk management and compliance approach. We use the resulting transparency to support our buyers in working with suppliers to continuously improve sustainability performance in the value chain. These continuous improvement processes are based primarily on knowledge transfer and competence building with respect to process optimization, resource efficiency, and environmental and social standards. The Responsible Sourcing Process is an integral component of our sourcing activities. This process is initiated before the start of any new cooperation. It culminates in a recurring cycle of review, analysis and continuous improvement with existing suppliers. Using this process for the audit and assessment of the sustainability performance of our suppliers, we cover about 93 percent of our purchasing volume in the areas of packaging, raw materials, and contract manufacturing."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with the Responsible Sourcing Process

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "A standardized process following an assessment or audit ensures that our suppliers implement the corrective actions that have been specified. Repeated serious noncompliance leads to termination of the supplier relationship...Independently of the results of an audit or assessment, we ask our assessed suppliers to draw up a Corrective Action Plan and to work on the defined areas of potential optimization. We monitor the progress made in the implementation together with our suppliers in the course of the period until the re-assessment or re-audit takes place...We use recurring re-assessments or re-audits to monitor the performance progress of our suppliers and ensure a continuous improvement cycle consisting of evaluation, analysis and corrective measures. Data on the measured sustainability performance of our suppliers is made available in real time via digital platforms."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      26/90
      • Commitment Strength
        5/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: • Giving employees the right to rest and recuperate, and providing them with fair compensation and benefits. • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age. • Respecting the rights of employees to freedom of assembly and association. • Demonstrating zero tolerance for forced labor based on the following three principles: 1. Every worker should have freedom of movement 2. No worker should pay for a job 3. No worker should be indebted or coerced to work • Prohibiting child labor as defined in ILO Convention No. 138 [...] Sustainable and ethical practice by our suppliers is an essential element of Henkel’s commitment to the UN Global Compact"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: ... • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        17/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          "We place the same exacting demands on our suppliers and business partners worldwide. We expect them to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our sustainability requirements"
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Our suppliers must comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as the standards relevant for their business. This requires systematic documentation and records. Non-conformities must be identified and addressed through appropriate controls. Henkel’s suppliers are evaluated with respect to their ability to meet Henkel’s requirements and specified expectations. More specifically, Henkel assesses and audits suppliers in fields such as environmental performance, health & safety, human rights, ethics and fair competition. Suppliers who repeatedly fail to meet the defined requirements will be identified and corrective actions will be taken."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          Total volume: 304440 metric tons

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          Henkel reported a packaging footprint of 708,000 metric tons, 43% of which (304440 metric tons) was paper.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Henkel’s suppliers are evaluated with respect to their ability to meet Henkel’s requirements and specified expectations. More specifically, Henkel assesses and audits suppliers in fields such as environmental performance, health & safety, human rights, ethics and fair competition. Suppliers who repeatedly fail to meet the defined requirements will be identified and corrective actions will be taken."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 93%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 93%
          "Our six-step Responsible Sourcing Process, which generates indicators on the sustainability performance of our suppliers, is a central element of our strategic risk management and compliance approach. We use the resulting transparency to support our buyers in working with suppliers to continuously improve sustainability performance in the value chain. These continuous improvement processes are based primarily on knowledge transfer and competence building with respect to process optimization, resource efficiency, and environmental and social standards. The Responsible Sourcing Process is an integral component of our sourcing activities. This process is initiated before the start of any new cooperation. It culminates in a recurring cycle of review, analysis and continuous improvement with existing suppliers. Using this process for the audit and assessment of the sustainability performance of our suppliers, we cover about 93 percent of our purchasing volume in the areas of packaging, raw materials, and contract manufacturing."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with the Responsible Sourcing Process

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: na

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No
          "A standardized process following an assessment or audit ensures that our suppliers implement the corrective actions that have been specified. Repeated serious noncompliance leads to termination of the supplier relationship...Independently of the results of an audit or assessment, we ask our assessed suppliers to draw up a Corrective Action Plan and to work on the defined areas of potential optimization. We monitor the progress made in the implementation together with our suppliers in the course of the period until the re-assessment or re-audit takes place...We use recurring re-assessments or re-audits to monitor the performance progress of our suppliers and ensure a continuous improvement cycle consisting of evaluation, analysis and corrective measures. Data on the measured sustainability performance of our suppliers is made available in real time via digital platforms."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      10/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          0/9.5
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: • Giving employees the right to rest and recuperate, and providing them with fair compensation and benefits. • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age. • Respecting the rights of employees to freedom of assembly and association. • Demonstrating zero tolerance for forced labor based on the following three principles: 1. Every worker should have freedom of movement 2. No worker should pay for a job 3. No worker should be indebted or coerced to work • Prohibiting child labor as defined in ILO Convention No. 138 [...] Sustainable and ethical practice by our suppliers is an essential element of Henkel’s commitment to the UN Global Compact"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Our suppliers are required to ensure fair working conditions. This includes: ... • Prohibiting discrimination relating to, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, disability, nationality, social origin or age."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "Expectations relevant for Henkel’s business activities Taking measures to mitigate the risk of violations of people’s rights to own property within our supply chain related to palm oil: Specifically, the practice of converting land inhabited by indigenous peoples or customary law communities into palm oil plantations without adhering to the principle of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Our suppliers must comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as the standards relevant for their business. This requires systematic documentation and records. Non-conformities must be identified and addressed through appropriate controls. Henkel’s suppliers are evaluated with respect to their ability to meet Henkel’s requirements and specified expectations. More specifically, Henkel assesses and audits suppliers in fields such as environmental performance, health & safety, human rights, ethics and fair competition. Suppliers who repeatedly fail to meet the defined requirements will be identified and corrective actions will be taken."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: auditing and corrective action plans
          "Henkel’s suppliers are evaluated with respect to their ability to meet Henkel’s requirements and specified expectations. More specifically, Henkel assesses and audits suppliers in fields such as environmental performance, health & safety, human rights, ethics and fair competition. Suppliers who repeatedly fail to meet the defined requirements will be identified and corrective actions will be taken."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    7/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    15/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    6/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Henkel is a manufacturing company based in Germany. Henkel operates worldwide with products within beauty care, laundry and home care, and adhesive technologies. These products expose the company to palm oil as a common ingredient. The company have a big portfolio of brands, including Loctite, Pritt, Dylan, and Schwarzkopf. According to Henkel, the company holds globally leading market positions both in consumer and industrial businesses. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper Packaging, Personal Products
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Bloo, Colour Catcher, Dylon, Loctite, Pritt, Right Guard, Schwarzkopf, Syoss, UniBond, Aquence, Blondeme, BonaCure, Bonderite, Color Expert, Croc odor, Denivit, Essentsity, FibrePlex, Schwarzkopf gliss, got2b, Jeyes, Natural Styling, Vapona

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