Nov 18, 2020

Henkel joins Amazon & Global Optimism’s Climate Pledge

The Climate Pledge
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Carbon Neutral
Amazon and Global Optimism announce that Henkel has joined The Climate Pledge...

Committing to be net-zero carbon by 2040 - 10 year ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050 - Amazon and Global Optimism have announced that Henkel has joined The Climate Pledge. In addition, the two organisations also reported the addition of Signify - who has already achieved carbon neutrality - to share best practices and collaborate with others.

What do those who sign The Climate Pledge agree to?

  • Measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions
  • Implementing decarbonisation strategies in line with the Paris Agreement
  • Neutralise any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets 

“By signing The Climate Pledge, companies around the world are taking collective action to protect our planet from the catastrophic impacts of climate change. We welcome Henkel as they join us in our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. We are also excited for Signify, which achieved carbon neutrality earlier this year, to join The Climate Pledge with the goal of collaborating with other signatories and sharing best practices. These companies are demonstrating important leadership as they help us accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and protect the planet for future generations,” commented Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

Embedded in its culture for decades, Henkel is committed to being sustainability leaders, working closely with Amazon to promote sustainable innovation, Henkel’s long term goal is to become carbon positive by 2040. 

Other sustainability goals set by Henkel include:

  • Reducing its production carbon footprint by 65% by 2025 and 75% by 2030
  • Using 100% renewable energy to power its operations by 2030
  • Striving to convert all remaining fossil fuels used in production to climate-neutral alternatives as well as supply surplus carbon-neutral energy to third parties by 2040

In addition, Henkel will work to leverage its brands and technologies to help customers and consumers.

"Climate change is a global challenge, which requires our collective action. At Henkel, we want to make a positive contribution to protecting the climate. Based on our achievements to date and in line with our ambitions for the coming years, we are pleased to join and support The Climate Pledge. Together with Amazon, Global Optimism, and the other signatories, we are committed to drive tangible progress and jointly take action to limit global warming,” added Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel.


Signify - a leader in lighting - committed to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2020 in December 2015. Announcing in September that it had achieved its goal, the company plans to double its positive impact by 2025. 

The company will also join The Climate Pledge providing its experience, help and encouragement to advance carbon reduction programs for others signed to the pledge.

“We are pleased to join The Climate Pledge community as it mobilizes companies to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early. We are committed to sharing best practices with other companies from our own journey to carbon neutrality in 2020, and to ramp up our positive impact on the environment and society,” commented Harry Verhaar, Signify Head of Global Public and Government Affairs. 

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Jul 24, 2021

DS Smith: Sustainable Packaging Hits Targets

Elise Leise
2 min
Atlanta-based packaging and paper producer DS Smith has met seven of its top sustainability targets

DS Smith has met its targets on its way to 100% recycled papers and ensured that the majority of its sites are ISO 50001-certified. The company is a global provider of fibre-based packaging and has set a mission of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’. Its leaders are committed to further sustainability, with each of its sites engaging 50+ employees in community-based outreach. 

‘As we continue to tackle the challenges facing our communities and the environment, we’ve achieved a number of our key targets, including forest management, community engagement, and designing for a circular economy’, said Keith Ledbetter, DS Smith’s North America Packaging and Paper Managing Director. 

What’s the State of Its 2021 Sustainability Report?

‘By placing sustainability at the heart of all we do, we will continue to reduce our impact on the environment’, Ledbetter explained. Here’s where DS Smith is currently at

  • Launched 57 biodiversity projects in local communities 
  • Reduced carbon emissions by 23% per ton of production compared to 2015
  • Installed 36,672 LED lamps at 92 global sites 
  • Saved 15,400+ tons of CO2
  • Achieved an AA ESG score—the highest grade in the industry—from MSCI 
  • Committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050

What Are Its Key Sustainability Targets? 

Overall, DS Smith has made excellent progress towards its goals—far before 2030. Will it push those targets to be more ambitious? We’ll have to see. For now, as Ledbetter puts it: ‘We’ll focus on innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs’.

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