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Out Leadership Welcomes Henkel as Its Newest Member

Henkel expands DE&I resources and support

Out Leadership Welcomes Henkel as Its Newest Member

Henkel expands DE&I resources and support

Published 07-22-21

Submitted by Henkel


ROCKY HILL, Conn., July 22, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Out Leadership, the oldest and largest coalition of global companies working to improve LGBTQ+ equality in the world, has welcomed Henkel, the company behind well-known brands such as Loctite® adhesives, Dial®, Schwarzkopf® hair care, all® laundry detergent, and Snuggle® fabric softeners, as its latest member in 2021.

“Henkel’s focus on building a company culture based on diversity and inclusion as the key driver of creativity, innovation, and invention is closely aligned with Out Leadership’s mission to use the power of business to advance LGBTQ+ equality,” said Todd Sears, CEO & Founder of Out Leadership. “We are excited that Henkel has joined Out Leadership’s global cohort of companies that are working towards equality for LGBTQ+ people,” said Sears.

“At Henkel, we are always striving to build a more inclusive environment where everyone feels like they belong and are empowered to come to work each day as their true selves,” said Frank Steinert, Head of Human Resources at Henkel North America. “This means providing employees with access to resources to further their understanding of DE&I issues, like allyship for the LGBTQ+ community. Our membership with Out Leadership enables us to do this as well as strengthen our overall commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

With approximately 9,000 employees at nearly 70 sites across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, Henkel North America, has a strong commitment to helping create a more inclusive and equitable society for all. As part of this commitment, the company has spearheaded several new and long-standing initiatives to strengthen its inclusive culture, increase diverse representation and ensure equal access to opportunities for all employees. Recent initiatives include:

In addition, Henkel has 15 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across North America, including: Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Emerging Leaders, Hispanic/LatinX, LGBTQ+, Military/Veterans, Multicultural, and Women. ERGs are employee-led groups that create a sense of belonging and safe places for discussions, facilitate networking, enhance career development, and build community. They are open to all employees.

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About Henkel in North America
In North America, Henkel operates across its three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care. Its portfolio of well-known consumer and industrial brands includes Schwarzkopf® hair care, Dial® soaps, Right Guard® antiperspirants, Persil®, Purex®, and all® laundry detergents, Snuggle® fabric softeners as well as Loctite®, Technomelt® and Bonderite® adhesives. With sales of around 6 billion US dollars (5 billion euros) in 2019, North America accounts for 26 percent of the company’s global sales. Henkel employs approximately 9,000 people across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit, and on Twitter @Henkel_NA.

About Henkel
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2019, Henkel reported sales of more than 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of more than 3.2 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 52,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit

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