Henkel South Africa
Manufacturing
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As a global leader in the consumer goods and industrial sectors, specialising in adhesive technologies, beauty care, and laundry and home care products, Henkel has a significant track record. Established in 1876 and headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, Henkel operates with a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and excellence, serving customers worldwide with a diverse portfolio of trusted brands and high-performance solutions.

Established in 1951, Henkel South Africa has grown to become a key player in the local market, employing nearly 200 people. The company operates a manufacturing plant for Adhesive Technology products in Johannesburg and maintains three offices in Bedfordview (Johannesburg), Alrode (Johannesburg), and Durban.

Henkel South Africa’s products are tailored to meet local needs, with leading brands in textured hair care such as got2b Glued and Gliss shampoo curly line, as well as customised adhesive products for the automotive, mining, and cementing industries. Other renowned brands include Pritt, Loctite and Bonderite as well as Palette, Schwarzkopf Root Retouch, Authentic Beauty Concept, STMNT Grooming Goods and Indola.

Gender Equity
As of the start of 2024, Henkel implements a new gender-neutral parental leave standard for its 48,000 employees worldwide. This includes the company’s 200 employees in South Africa. Henkel offers parents up to eight weeks of fully paid parental leave, based on the caregiver role, rather than a gender or biological parent status.

The new global standard should be considered the minimum standard, complementing existing local practices and regulations. As per law in South Africa, parental leave remains at four months for mothers. Fathers or other caregivers are now eligible for eight weeks vs. 10 days prior to the new leave policy. With this new approach, the company demonstrates a firm commitment to its diversity, equity, and inclusion ambitions by taking tangible actions to promote equal access to opportunities consistently around the world.

Workforce Development
The company provides bursaries to children of employees, students at UJ and Tamaho students who cannot afford tertiary education and offers paid study support to employees pursuing further studies. The internship programme has been revamped to include bursaries for University of Johannesburg students, merging with the internship programme for greater success.

Sustainability Achievements
Henkel is committed to sustainability, with the Alrode factory embarking on a solar investment project to generate renewable energy and aiming for carbon neutrality in line with the global sustainability goals. As part of this ambition, we are transitioning to 100% renewable electricity at our factory in Alrode this year. This accomplishment will be possible through a combination of on-site photovoltaic (PV) solar installations, and through external RE sources such as wind energy across our facilities.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Henkel’s CSR initiatives are focused on improving early childhood education and supporting vulnerable communities. The Tamaho Early Learning Center in Katlehong, established in 2007, now serves 120 children annually, with a new building set to accommodate more children. Henkel also supports the Oppie Koppie Pre-School in Prince Alfred Hamlet, contributing to the education of nearly 200 children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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