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Consumer Staples
Düsseldorf, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies:
Persil, Schwarzkopf, Pritt, Loctite
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Henkel appears to take mixed positions on climate change policy. The company seems to be actively engaged on high-level climate policy issues, with mainly positive engagement. However, the entity’s engagement with specific climate policies on an EU level is limited and more mixed.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Henkel has expressed general high-level support for climate policy ambitions in its top-line messaging. On its corporate website, accessed in February 2023, Henkel supported GHG emissions reductions in line with the 1.5°C target. In addition, the company expressed support for the UN Paris Agreement to achieve the target in its 2021 Sustainability Report, published in February 2022. A November 2022 World Economic Forum open letter signed by CEO Carsten Knobel, advocated for more ambitious NDCs in the build up to COP27, as well as supporting market-based mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions globally.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Henkel does not appear to have engaged on specific climate policies in the EU in 2018-2023. In a November 2022 World Economic Forum joint letter, signed by CEO Carsten Knobel, the company stated general support for renewable energy legislation and standards and energy efficiency incentives, without referencing specific policy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Henkel appears to have limited engagement on the energy transition, albeit with several mixed engagements. A November 2022 WEF joint letter, signed by CEO Carsten Knobel, advocated for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies and broadly supported regulatory measures to transition to low-carbon technologies or infrastructure. Henkel expressed support for replacing CO2 in energy and raw materials manufacturing, but leaving it unclear what to replace it with. In January 2021 on social media, Henkel supported the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to decarbonize heavy-duty vehicles. In the US, Henkel engaged on the Inflation Reduction Act, as disclosed in its LDA Lobbying Disclosure, but did not state its position on the policy.

Industry Association Governance: Henkel does not appear to have a dedicated list of all of its industry association memberships. However, the company listed some trade association memberships in its 2021 Sustainability Report. Henkel holds board-level membership of a number of trade associations, including the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), both of which have opposed ambitious climate change policy in the EU and Germany.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.