International MBA grad hones interest in corporate social responsibility at Henkel
Moore School alumnus Mihai Scrobotovici (’19 IMBA) saw immediate impact from his International MBA education. After completing a rotational, 16-month leadership development program at Henkel, a German chemical and consumer goods company, he was promoted. He credits the skills he gained at the Moore School as a major role in his advancement to a finance manager within the company.
“First, soft skills,” Mihai says. “People management is most important when working cross-functionally and especially when managing projects. Second, business analytics. Henkel has been focusing on digital transformation and automation, so I was able to contribute to that goal in all program rotations from purchasing and IT to finance and business controlling.”
Mihai also was able to explore his interest in corporate social responsibility through Henkel’s voluntary, employee-led resource groups. “There are groups focused on climate sustainability, civil rights, community outreach, volunteer work, cultural diversity, sports and other topics,” he says. “They organize seminars, speaker events, activities, fundraisers, etcetera. I have participated in climate sustainability fairs, spent paid work hours packaging food for the local food banks, ‘adopted’ families in need for the holidays and have had the opportunity to participate in even more related activities.”
The exposure to Henkel’s corporate social responsibility principles so early in his time with the company was telling to Mihai. “An organization that inspires its employees top-down to produce ideas and then supports their bottom-up implementation is, in my view, truly socially responsible,” he says.
Social responsibility is more than public relations at Henkel. The company has integrated it into corporate standards and performance. “Henkel requires suppliers to submit to supply chain audits and contractually commit to a set of social responsibility key performance indicators. While it is all a work in progress, and more needs to be done, these increasing requirements trickle up and down the chain and make a difference.”
Mihai looks forward to continuing his interest in corporate social responsibility at Henkel for years to come.
“In a short time, I have learned that Henkel puts people and community first knowing the bottom line will always benefit as a result,” he says. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, I enjoyed job stability with a clear upward path in a familial, yet professional environment designed to foster my professional and personal growth. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Learn more about another International MBA graduate’s experience in sustainability packaging at Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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