Düsseldorf, Germany – The The Board of Trustees for Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) met with international experts from industry, the sciences and political leaders for a sustainability conference at Henkel’s global headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany from June 30 to July 2. The topics discussed ranged from the role of multinational companies and political programs to sustainability science in higher education. In North America, Henkel markets a wide range of consumer and industrial brands including Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents, and Loctite® adhesives.

“We are delighted to welcome so many international experts from business, industry and economics, as well as the sciences and politics here today,” said Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted in his opening address. The participants convened under the auspices of the Global Institute of Sustainability for a three-day conference under the heading “Sustainability is a Global Enterprise." Taking his lead from the conference’s title, Rorsted continued, “The world population is growing, the average standard of living is rising and so is consumption associated with it. We have to promote sustainable consumption worldwide. Consequently, we are very pleased to have this unique opportunity for discussing and exchanging examples of best practice from the various disciplines and regions represented here today."

Among the guests were Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, members of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at ASU Julie Ann Wrigley of Wrigley Investments LLC and S. Robson Walton, Chairman of the Board of Walmart, Karl Falkenberg, Director-General of Environment of the European Commission, and Professor Masaru Yarime, expert in sustainability issues at the University of Tokyo. The agenda included discussion of the role and duties of multinational corporations in the sustainability domain, the presentation of political programs formulated by the European Union, and reports on sustainability science in higher education.

All the sustainability initiatives of Arizona State University are pooled under the umbrella of the Global Institute of Sustainability, which was founded in 2004. ASU is the first university in the United States to offer interdisciplinary bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in sustainability as an academic subject. The curriculum is comprised of modules from the fields of ecology, economics and the social sciences.


As a company with decades of experience in sustainability, Henkel has been working closely with scientists and academics at Arizona State University for several years. The focus of this collaborative partnership is the preparation of life cycle assessments, which determine the environmental impacts of products over their entire life cycle. Brad Casper, President and CEO of Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. in North America, has supported the work of the Global Institute of Sustainability as a founding member of its Sustainability Consortium project.

Henkel provides extensive information on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, plus all the relevant rankings and ratings, on its website.

Henkel in North America

Henkel markets a wide range of well-known consumer and industrial brands in North America, including Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents, Right Guard® antiperspirants, got2b® hair gels, and Loctite® adhesives.

Henkel has been committed to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful for more than 130 years. A Fortune Global 500 company, Henkel offers strong brands and technologies in three areas of competence: Home Care, Personal Care and Adhesive Technologies. Each day, about 50,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling Henkel's claim "A Brand like a Friend”. In fiscal 2009, Henkel generated sales of 13,573 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,364 million euros.

The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs that advance practical solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Source: Henkel

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