Henkel launches comprehensive global solidarity program to support affected communities, employees and customers
The world has come to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several businesses have shut their doors temporarily, due to which daily wage workers are out of jobs. The economy has also taken a major hit due to the slowing down of businesses. In difficult times like this the parent company of Schwarzkopf, Henkel has come forward and donated funds and their help to people in need.
Donation to UN Foundation fund
An amount of 2 million euros will be donated to different funds and organizations to help fight the pandemic. The Fritz Henkel Foundation will donate 1 million euros directly to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) Foundation. This donation will help to provide protective equipment for frontline health workers, equip diagnostic laboratories, improve data collection and analysis, establish and maintain intensive care units as well as to accelerate research and development of potential vaccines and therapeutics. Another 1 million euros will be distributed by the Fritz Henkel Foundation globally to different organizations and partners as well as to support the personal commitment and voluntary engagement of employees fighting the crisis.
Personal and household hygiene products
Henkel will also donate 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products globally. This includes hand sanitizers, soaps and protective equipment as well as detergents, disinfectants and other household cleaning products. Henkel’s corporate citizenship team will implement these donations in close coordination with charity organizations, local authorities and partners around the world. In addition, Henkel plans to produce disinfectants in selected production sites. The products are intended to help public institutions and professional groups in the fight against the coronavirus.
Crisis management and safety measures
Since the onset of the crisis, Henkel has addressed the situation proactively through its crisis management teams on country, regional and global level. The primary objective of the crisis management is to do everything possible to ensure the safety of employees, customers and business partners and to maintain operations under these challenging circumstances. Henkel will also consider improved payment terms for small and mid-sized hairdressers to support them during the current challenging situation.