April 09, 2020
Photo credit: Henkel
As part of its global solidarity program in the fight against the corona crisis, Henkel has announced that it will provide production capacities at short notice in order to produce disinfectants. Within just one week, the company converted a production facility at its Düsseldorf site and produced the first 25,000 liters of hand disinfectants. Henkel will donate them to surrounding hospitals and public institutions. Next week, the company will continue the production and will produce the same amount of disinfectant.
"With our comprehensive solidarity program, we want to contribute to the fight against the corona pandemic. We are very proud that the team at our headquarters in Düsseldorf was able to provide the production capacity at such short notice to produce disinfectants for medical use," says Carsten Knobel, Chief Executive Officer of Henkel.
With this week's production alone, Henkel expects to be able to cover the needs of the major Düsseldorf hospitals and public institutions for the coming weeks. Henkel also took into account the demand from the vicinities of the 15 German sites. Delivery and distribution will be organized in close coordination with the local health authorities.
"In the fight against the pandemic, fast and unbureaucratic help is needed. We at Henkel also want to make a contribution," says Dr. Daniel Kleine, Site Manager Düsseldorf and President Henkel Germany, who is responsible for the project together with Dr. Achim Hübener, Regional Head of Operations & Supply Chain Europe. "Thanks to the dedicated efforts of a cross-divisional team, working both on site and in the home office, we were able to successfully convert production in only five days.”
The commitment is part of a comprehensive solidarity program to support employees, customers and communities facing the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes a 2 million euros donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund launched by the WHO and the United Nations Foundation as well as to other organizations, and a donation of 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products.