Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: laundry and home care; beauty care; and adhesive technologies. Founded in 1876, the company holds globally leading market positions in both the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. It employs about 47,000 people. In the 2012 fiscal year, it reported sales of 16,510 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 2,335 million euros. The company's preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.