Health and Safety in the Workplace

Healthy employees

Through targeted programs, health check-ups, and other precautions, we seek to promote our employees’ good health and ensure their longterm capacity to work. The measures taken include preventive measures to eliminate risks in the workplace that could result in long-term illnesses and the inability to work. A “Health Steering Committee” and its sub-groups Health, Demography and Disability Management initiate activities. Individual Henkel companies design their health programs to focus on different factors, depending on local requirements. In many cases, the health-promotingprograms reach out beyond the company gates to also include employees’ family members.

In 2010, several thousand employees around the world participated in activities focusing on health topics such as bowel, skin and breast cancer, healthy nutrition, addiction prevention, stress management, or back training. In addition, fitness and health-promotingsports opportunities were offered.

Dealing with growing workloads

As our world becomes more complex and more dynamic, every employee has to deal with high and further increasing demands. This means that programs revolving around psychological health arebecoming more and more important for promoting health in the workplace. Henkel thus offers help to its employees. In many countries, programs are now in place which offer all employees an opportunity to obtain advice on time, stress and conflict management. Other initiatives focus on moreflexible working hours, to improve the balance between work and free time for our employees and to reduce workplace-related stress.

Occupational Health Management

Henkel underlined its commitment to this holistic health and safety philosophy by joining the Unternehmen für Gesundheit (companies for health) network. As long ago as 2002, Henkel signed the European Union’s “Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union”. As part of the company’s efforts to continuously improve preventive health care measures, an annual conference takes place enabling the physicians of all Henkel companies in Germany, as well as the Human Resources departments, to compare notes. The findings are made available to all sites worldwide.

„Move Europe-Partner Excellence 2009“

Photo “Move Europe-Partner Excellence 2009” certificate

Henkel has again received the “Move Europe-Partner Excellence 2009” certificate of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion for its commitment to workplace health management, especially in the fields of healthy diet, smoking prevention, mental health, and health-promoting physical activity. Targeted programs promoting good health, including a wide range of preventive measures, are available to all Henkel employees. Move Europe is an initiative of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP), and is a campaign for the improvement of lifestyle-related workplace health promotion in Europe.

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