How Henkel’s Legacy Shapes Its Business Ambitions In Nigeria


Henkel, a global consumer goods, laundry, haircare, and adhesives manufacturing leader, headquartered in Germany with a vast workforce across 125 nations and offices in 79 countries, including Nigeria, recently celebrated its 147 years global legacy of innovation, excellence, and sustainability.

L-R: Chidera Akwuba, Transformation and Public Affairs Manager; Kadir Demirtas, Head of Finance; Oluwaseun Ayemi, Senior Brand Manager and Rajat Kapur, MD/CEO, Henkel Nigeria at the Henkel Day celebration held recently in Lagos

This milestone is a testament to how the corporate brand is driving its purpose through its leadership commitments including acting as entrepreneurs, collaborating with strong teams, developing people with passion, and owning its results and its purposeful growth agenda. With a rich history spanning nearly a century and a half, Henkel globally has become a name synonymous with quality, compliance, and sustainability.

This legacy has been instrumental in guiding the company’s journey towards becoming a global leader. Since its entry into Nigeria in 2016, Henkel’s well-known laundry detergent brands, which include WAW and Nittol detergent, have grown to be a significant participant in Nigeria’s Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market.

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Speaking at the Lagos office on its anniversary, Rajat Kapur, the Managing Director of Henkel Nigeria stated: “Throughout our long history, Henkel has evolved into a global leader, guided by a legacy of excellence and a commitment to innovation. This has been our compass, steering us through change, uncertainties, and disruptions. Through our goal of creating value for all stakeholders, we are enablers of employee empowerment, regulatory compliance, and environmental stewardship. We remain committed to shaping a brighter future for all, not just for ourselves but for generations to come.”

Speaking on the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion agenda, Rajat said; “Henkel was one of the first German DAX companies to establish a dedicated global diversity team. Today, diversity, equity and inclusion are deeply anchored in the company strategy and corporate culture.”

“One of the things that really worked for us in Nigeria since we established the purposeful growth agenda in 2020 was the fact that we had since fully ingrained it as part of work culture and transited to a more open transparent culture in our transformation journey”, he noted.

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Rajat also highlighted the significance of cultural transformation in promoting understanding among employees, fostering stronger relationships, teamwork, and collaboration among team members, ultimately enhancing productivity and innovation within the organization.

Chidera Akwuba, Head, Public Affairs, Governance (PAG) and Transformation, Henkel Nigeria, emphasized Henkel’s resilience, and commitment to organizational cultural values to drive sustainable impact.

In her words: “As we celebrate beyond now, let us remember that our legacy is not just a record of our past achievements but a promise of what we can achieve in the future. Together, we will continue to innovate, lead, and make a positive impact on the world.”

“Our global journey of 147 years is a testament to our resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to our values. We embrace diversity and inclusivity as part of our ways to drive our purposeful growth agenda through cultural transformation. A diverse workforce can bring fresh perspectives and ideas that contribute to a more innovative and adaptable culture,” Chidera said.

The corporate brand has also consistently demonstrated its commitment to empowering Nigerian youth and contributing to the socio-economic transformation of its host communities. Through its Peer-to-Peer (P2P) entrepreneurship initiative, over 250 unemployed Nigerian youths have been empowered and transformed into thriving entrepreneurs. Another renowned initiative is its Researchers’ World Initiative, which has positively impacted over 1000 children and students since 2021 till date.
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With its brands, innovations and technologies, Henkel holds leading market positions worldwide in the industrial and consumer businesses. The Adhesive Technologies business unit is a global leader in the market for adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings. With Consumer Brands, the company holds leading positions especially in hair care and laundry & home care in many markets and categories around the world. The company’s three strongest brands are Loctite, Persil and Schwarzkopf.

In fiscal 2022, Henkel reported sales of more than 22 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of around 2.3 billion euros. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. Sustainability has a long tradition at Henkel, and the company has a clear sustainability strategy with specific targets.

Henkel was founded in 1876 and today employs a diverse team of more than 50,000 people worldwide – united by a strong corporate culture, shared values and a common purpose: “Pioneers at heart for the good of generations.” More information at

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