Responsible approach to nanotechnology at Henkel

To assure excellent quality and a high level of product safety, Henkel takes care already during the research and product development stage that all its products will be safe during their manufacture, use and disposal. Compliance with legal regulations and with Henkel standards going beyond these requirements, as well as a voluntary commitment to Responsible Care® are the basis for this.

Our experts systematically evaluate our products according to recognized and established criteria, also regarding their ecological and toxicological properties and any potential risks. In doing so, they consistently take account of the latest scientific findings. Our products are only approved and put on the market once their safety has been demonstrated. Our customers and consumers can therefore be sure that Henkel products and technologies are safe for man and the environment when used as intended. This also applies to products based on nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology (from the Greek nãnos, meaning dwarf) is a collective term used to describe a broad range of technologies devoted to the research, processing and production of devices and structures at dimensions of less than 100 nanometers. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter (10-9 m). The aim of nanotechnology is to create and use structures, devices and systems whose tiny size generates novel properties and functions.

Henkel has been investigating the field of nanotechnology for many years and generally sees innovative potential for products based on nanotechnology.

Henkel communicates openly with all interested parties, including consumers –also regarding nanotechnology. Our experts engage in national and international exchanges with associations, official bodies, scientists, and other stakeholders, for example in the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) as well as in international working groups and stakeholder dialogues.

August 2010

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