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  • Overall approach
    5/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-net-deforestation
      2/6
      "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact

      If Other Initiative, specify::
      Henkel AG & Co. KGaA is a member of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum.
    • 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
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly
      "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. [...] Our Sustainability Council steers our sustainability activities as a central decision-making body, with members from all business units and functions in the company. It is chaired by a Management Board member and reflects all areas of the company. As a general rule, the Sustainability Council meets four times per year. In addition, the members take decisions on matters as required during the year. On behalf of senior management, the committee performs coordination, initiative and control functions in relation to sustainability issues. These include strategic topics as well as issues that are operationally relevant, such as climate change and its effects, human rights, sustainable products and technologies, packaging, product safety and management systems."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 330 trees
      "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."
  • Commodity score
    41/84
    • Palm oil
      57/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim" [....] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • 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" [....] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim" [....] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "We are also committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 and we expect our suppliers to support this aim" [....] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands." [...] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands." [...] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands." [...] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Our goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands." [...] "Our palm oil targets for 2020: Cover 100 percent of our demand with Mass Balance certified oils: 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 in 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            " By the year 2020, we aim to be able to trace the palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives we buy to known sources – first to the mill and then to the plantation. We have stepped up our dialog with all of the suppliers involved and addressed our expectations. Compared to the previous year, we have increased the traceability rate to more than 70 percent in 2019."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            " By the year 2020, we aim to be able to trace the palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives we buy to known sources – first to the mill and then to the plantation. We have stepped up our dialog with all of the suppliers involved and addressed our expectations. Compared to the previous year, we have increased the traceability rate to more than 70 percent in 2019."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            " By the year 2020, we aim to be able to trace the palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives we buy to known sources – first to the mill and then to the plantation. We have stepped up our dialog with all of the suppliers involved and addressed our expectations. Compared to the previous year, we have increased the traceability rate to more than 70 percent in 2019."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            " By the year 2020, we aim to be able to trace the palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives we buy to known sources – first to the mill and then to the plantation. We have stepped up our dialog with all of the suppliers involved and addressed our expectations. Compared to the previous year, we have increased the traceability rate to more than 70 percent in 2019."
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Henkel require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "In order to reduce risks in the palm oil industry, we have made a commitment to procure our palm-oil-based raw materials in line with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We also work closely with stakeholders along the value chain, from our suppliers to the RSPO, NGOs and smallholder farmers, to promote sustainable practices and respect for human rights. [...] the farmers are trained in planting, growing and harvesting their plants under fair working conditions.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "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
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "All palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model by 2020. To date, more than 81 percent of the oil and derivatives used in our products have been certified according to this model."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "All palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model by 2020. To date, more than 81 percent of the oil and derivatives used in our products have been certified according to this model."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "We have stepped up our dialog with all of the suppliers involved and addressed our expectations. Compared to the previous year, we have increased the traceability rate to more than 70 percent in 2019."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            "All palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model by 2020. To date, more than 81 percent of the oil and derivatives used in our products have been certified according to this model."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "All palm oil and palm kernel oil used in our products should be derived from sustainably cultivated sources in line with the RSPO’s Mass Balance model by 2020. To date, more than 81 percent of the oil and derivatives used in our products have been certified according to this model."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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 support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing financial support

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Henkel participate in the ‘Improved Livelihoods’ Project and the ‘Two Goals with One Kernel’ Project run by Solidaridad.
          Henkel participate in the ‘Improved Livelihoods’ Project and the ‘Two Goals with One Kernel’ Project run by Solidaridad.
        • 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
          "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." "Our suppliers are required to be honest in their dealings with others, obeying all applicable laws and corresponding regulations governing fraud, bribery and corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: External mechanism
          "Henkel employees, as well as workers at our suppliers or other people affected, can report breaches of our codes and standards directly to the responsible contact person within our company. Our compliance hotline is operated by an independent external provider and is available globally. In addition, an email can be sent anonymously to the Henkel Compliance Office using a contact form."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 17,005 tons

          What is the certified volume?: 84,995 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          In the 2019 RSPO ACOP Henkel AG Co. reported their total usage of palm oil as 102,000 tons of which 84,995 tons was RSPO certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Not disclosed

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Not disclosed
          Henkel AG reported a palm oil supplier list representing " covering > 90% of PO/PKO equivalent (2018)".
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "We first invite new suppliers to complete or disclose an alternative self-assessment questionnaire concerning their sustainability performance. Our assessment approach uses questionnaires drawn up by EcoVadis, an independent sustainability assessment specialist. These questionnaires cover expectations in the areas of safety, health, environment, quality, human rights, employee standards and anti-corruption. Selected suppliers undergo initial audits as an alternative to the self-assessment questionnaires. In this process, Henkel works with independent audit companies to check compliance with the defined standards in audits. Our audits consist of on-site inspections, e.g., at production sites, and include both factory inspections and discussions with employees at all levels of the hierarchy."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not disclosed

          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 suppliers implement the corrective actions that have been specified. Repeated serious non-compliance leads to termination of the supplier relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      39/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "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." "The results of this survey indicate that the paper-based packaging purchased by Henkel contains 68 percent recycled material. The certificate used most often by those suppliers participating in certification schemes is the FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council), which is used by more than half of the respondents. This is followed by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which are offered by one in every five suppliers."
          • 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 goal is to avoid deforestation of primary and secondary forests with significant ecological value. This includes “High Carbon Stock” forests and peat lands."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "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."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "The most widely used packaging materials made from renewable raw materials are paper and cardboard. We aim to use 100 percent recycled paper and cardboard material or, where necessary, fresh fiber originating from sustainable forestry, to contribute to zero net deforestation by 2020. [...] 512 metric tons of self-adhesive label waste produced at that site has been recycled. In line with our goal to reduce waste, our plant in Racibórz, Poland, started a project to replace single-use outer cases with new reusable packaging in 2019. This means that the packaging rotates between our plant and the supplier of the packaging. Compared to 2018, this measure has reduced paper waste by about 29 percent. In addition, our plant in West Hazleton, USA, reengineered the processes for dosing and controlling raw materials in order to reduce the amount of waste generated at the site."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The most widely used packaging materials made from renewable raw materials are paper and cardboard. We aim to use 100 percent recycled paper and cardboard material or, where necessary, fresh fiber originating from sustainable forestry, to contribute to zero net deforestation by 2020. [...] 512 metric tons of self-adhesive label waste produced at that site has been recycled. In line with our goal to reduce waste, our plant in Racibórz, Poland, started a project to replace single-use outer cases with new reusable packaging in 2019. This means that the packaging rotates between our plant and the supplier of the packaging. Compared to 2018, this measure has reduced paper waste by about 29 percent. In addition, our plant in West Hazleton, USA, reengineered the processes for dosing and controlling raw materials in order to reduce the amount of waste generated at the site."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "The most widely used packaging materials made from renewable raw materials are paper and cardboard. We aim to use 100 percent recycled paper and cardboard material or, where necessary, fresh fiber originating from sustainable forestry, to contribute to zero net deforestation by 2020. [...] 512 metric tons of self-adhesive label waste produced at that site has been recycled. In line with our goal to reduce waste, our plant in Racibórz, Poland, started a project to replace single-use outer cases with new reusable packaging in 2019. This means that the packaging rotates between our plant and the supplier of the packaging. Compared to 2018, this measure has reduced paper waste by about 29 percent. In addition, our plant in West Hazleton, USA, reengineered the processes for dosing and controlling raw materials in order to reduce the amount of waste generated at the site."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "The most widely used packaging materials made from renewable raw materials are paper and cardboard. We aim to use 100 percent recycled paper and cardboard material or, where necessary, fresh fiber originating from sustainable forestry, to contribute to zero net deforestation by 2020. [...] 512 metric tons of self-adhesive label waste produced at that site has been recycled. In line with our goal to reduce waste, our plant in Racibórz, Poland, started a project to replace single-use outer cases with new reusable packaging in 2019. This means that the packaging rotates between our plant and the supplier of the packaging. Compared to 2018, this measure has reduced paper waste by about 29 percent. In addition, our plant in West Hazleton, USA, reengineered the processes for dosing and controlling raw materials in order to reduce the amount of waste generated at the site."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Henkel require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "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
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "The results of this survey indicate that the paper-based packaging purchased by Henkel contains 68 percent recycled material. The certificate used most often by those suppliers participating in certification schemes is the FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council), which is used by more than half of the respondents. This is followed by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which are offered by one in every five suppliers."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "the paper-based packaging purchased by Henkel contains 68 percent recycled material. The certificate used most often by those suppliers participating in certification schemes is the FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council), which is used by more than half of the respondents. This is followed by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which are offered by one in every five suppliers."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification schemes
            "The results of this survey indicate that the paper-based packaging purchased by Henkel contains 68 percent recycled material. The certificate used most often by those suppliers participating in certification schemes is the FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council), which is used by more than half of the respondents. This is followed by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which are offered by one in every five suppliers."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification
            "the paper-based packaging purchased by Henkel contains 68 percent recycled material. The certificate used most often by those suppliers participating in certification schemes is the FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council), which is used by more than half of the respondents. This is followed by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which are offered by one in every five suppliers."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          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
          "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." "Our suppliers are required to be honest in their dealings with others, obeying all applicable laws and corresponding regulations governing fraud, bribery and corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: External mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "Henkel employees, as well as workers at our suppliers or other people affected, can report breaches of our codes and standards directly to the responsible contact person within our company. Our compliance hotline is operated by an independent external provider and is available globally. In addition, an email can be sent anonymously to the Henkel Compliance Office using a contact form."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 338,360 tonnes
          Henkel reported a total of 769,000 metric tons of packaging material, 338,360 tonnes (44%) of which was paper "(estimated; based on expenditures for packaging material)."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
          "We first invite new suppliers to complete or disclose an alternative self-assessment questionnaire concerning their sustainability performance. Our assessment approach uses questionnaires drawn up by EcoVadis, an independent sustainability assessment specialist. These questionnaires cover expectations in the areas of safety, health, environment, quality, human rights, employee standards and anti-corruption. Selected suppliers undergo initial audits as an alternative to the self-assessment questionnaires. In this process, Henkel works with independent audit companies to check compliance with the defined standards in audits. Our audits consist of on-site inspections, e.g., at production sites, and include both factory inspections and discussions with employees at all levels of the hierarchy."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not disclosed

          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 suppliers implement the corrective actions that have been specified. Repeated serious non-compliance leads to termination of the supplier relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      11/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Supply chain includes no indirect soy
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Henkel require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "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
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          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
          "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." "Our suppliers are required to be honest in their dealings with others, obeying all applicable laws and corresponding regulations governing fraud, bribery and corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: External mechanism

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "Henkel employees, as well as workers at our suppliers or other people affected, can report breaches of our codes and standards directly to the responsible contact person within our company. Our compliance hotline is operated by an independent external provider and is available globally. In addition, an email can be sent anonymously to the Henkel Compliance Office using a contact form."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
    18/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    17/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    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 
Cosmetics & personal care, Personal care, Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
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

How we assess the Forest 500

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