Environmental Data of Production Sites

Creating transparency

The indicators we use throughout the Company offer transparency in many respects. They help us to identify potential improvements, steer programs, monitor target achievement, and inform the public about our performance and progress in compact form. Our indicators are based on the environmental indicators of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). In the Sustainability Report, we focus on the publication of our globally relevant core indicators. Details on the progress made in regard to other environmental indicators are reported on the Internet only.

Continuous data recording

Our production structures are constantly changing – as a result of acquisitions or site closures, for example. The number of sites contributing data to the environmental indicators therefore changes accordingly: from 162 in 2006 to 182 in 2010. The production-related data of the 182 Henkel sites in 2010 represent more than 95 percent of our worldwide production volume. They are validated centrally for year-end reporting and also verified locally within the framework of our international audit program. Any differences in data discovered or reported at a later date are corrected retroactively in our reporting system.

Competitive advantage rather than cost factor

As impressively demonstrated above, sustainable business practices improve not only environmental performance but business performance as well. We are working constantly to increase the efficiency of our production processes. In addition to reducing resource consumption and environmental burdens, this also reduces costs. In the 2010 reporting year, we were thus able to achieve further improvements in key sustainability indicators.
*After adjusting for one-time expenditures and gains as well as restructuring costs.

Graphic Sustainability performance from 2006 to 2010 and Business performance from 2006 and 2010

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting

Henkel measures the direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions of its major production sites which account for more than 95 percent of the global production volume. Almost all carbon dioxide is released as a result of energy generation. Our reporting includes our own carbon dioxide emissions released as a result of Henkel activities, as well as carbon dioxide emissions formed during the generation of bought-in energy at non-Henkel sites. Process related emissions are not relevant. Transmission losses and carbon dioxide emissions generated upstream (e.g. exploration, transport) are not included. The emission factors are country specific and derived from established lifecycle assessment databases.