How can we give future generations the same quality of life as their parents and grandparents?
Do future generations have the right to enjoy the same quality of life as their parents and grandparents? Of course they do. But humankind’s environmental footprint is already larger than our planet’s resources can sustain – and the global population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050. That’s why there’s never been a more urgent need for innovative products and technologies that enhance quality of life while consuming less resources.
Developing tomorrow’s sustainable solutions requires active collaboration today.
Companies, governments and organizations can have a much bigger impact if they join forces. This spirit of collaboration is at the heart of several high-profile developments: From the Paris Climate Agreement’s commitment to limiting global warming, through to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aiming to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity.
What role do global businesses play?
Companies contribute to the purchasing power of people and governments by paying wages and taxes. But they can also accelerate the transformation to a sustainable economy by creating innovative technologies and products. Imagine the resources that could be saved if every product in your home used less energy or water. Or imagine the reduction in CO2 emissions if every vehicle on the planet was lighter and used less fuel. Resource-efficient solutions can improve the balance between the economic, ecological and social needs of people and the planet – and open up pathways to a sustainable future for our planet.
Innovative products and state-of-the-art production
The approach taken by Henkel – the German company behind leading brands like Schwarzkopf, Persil and Loctite – is an example of this mindset in action. For over 140 years, it’s been taking a visionary approach to supporting environmental and social progress. Henkel requires every new product or formulation to contribute to sustainability and has integrated environmental and social criteria into its product development process. This empowers its customers and consumers to cut waste and save resources: And Henkel’s products are used millions of times around the world every day.
Henkel is also constantly striving to reduce the footprint of its network of almost 200 manufacturing sites by investing in state-of-the-art production facilities to improve resource efficiency.
Alongside this, Henkel encourages its more than 53,000 employees to contribute to sustainable development in their daily business lives and as members of society. One element of this is its unique Sustainability Ambassador program – the largest global training program in the company’s history. Since 2012, more than 50,000 Henkel employees have gone through training about sustainability and are sharing their knowledge across its sites, as well as by engaging with customers and other partners. In fact, partnerships are a central element of Henkel’s approach: The company teams up with companies and organizations from across industries to maximize its contribution to sustainability.
As the global population rises, the earth’s resources are becoming more precious than ever. If future generations are going to enjoy the same quality of life as past generations, it will require innovations that create value while consuming less input materials. By working together in strong partnerships, companies can accelerate this sustainable transformation – and develop products and technologies that protect the future of our planet.