Henkel, the manufacturer of Dial soaps, Purex laundry detergents and Loctite adhesives, has once again been included as a leader in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The index lists corporations that follow the principles of sustainable development in their business operations.
Henkel has been named to the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market segment of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Only 10 percent of the world's 2,500 largest companies are included in the DJSI World Index. For 10 years, SAM Indexes GmbH has been assessing companies for the annual listing based on economic, ecological and social criteria.
"We are delighted to receive this international recognition for our sustainability strategy," says Kasper Rorsted, chairman of the Henkel Management Board. "In difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to recognize sustainable development for the opportunities that it brings. We see enormous potential for innovations that combine performance and quality with responsibility toward people and the environment. It is our objective to position Henkel as a leading sustainability partner for our industrial customers, the retail trade and consumers alike."
The company's achievements in operating on a sustainable and socially responsible basis have received numerous national and international awards from ranking agencies and the company's customers. In its "Corporate Responsibility Rating," for example, oekom research AG reaffirmed Henkel in August 2009 as one of the leading companies in the consumer goods industry. In China, Business Watch Magazine also lists Henkel in its current ranking of the ten top performers among "China's 50 Green Companies." In 2009, Henkel also received awards from two U.S. customers – the "Kellogg's Sustainability Challenge" award and the Walmart Sustainability Award.
Henkel also provides extensive information on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, plus all the relevant rankings and ratings, on its website www.henkel.com/sustainability.