No Deforestation Policy
Our Policy on No Deforestation
Forests are vital to life on earth. They are a major force in countering climate change by storing carbon dioxide. They provide a livelihood for over 1.6 billion people, habitat for 80 percent of earth’s terrestrial species, and are a source for a variety of products for people and industries worldwide.
It is estimated that over the past 50 years, over half of the world’s forests have been lost. This has led not just to biodiversity loss and social
Experts around the world now consider deforestation and climate change to be a major strategic threat, one which could affect each of us and how we live day-to-day. As a socially responsible
Colgate-Palmolive operates globally with a set of shared values: Caring, Global
Our commitment to Caring – for people and the environment – motivates us to do our part to end global deforestation.
Our commitment to Global Teamwork means we will work within Colgate and together with external partners on this goal. Given this enormous global challenge requiring the commitment of people around the world, we recognize that our part can only be accomplished through Continuous Improvement… getting better every day in everything we do. We are committed to transparency and believe that it is important for our employees and other key stakeholders, including shareholders, suppliers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to know where we stand on key environmental issues. We share a vision with concerned stakeholders for a future without deforestation. As a start on this journey, Colgate has joined the Consumer Goods Forum (
Pulp and Paper
Much of Colgate’s packing material utilizes wood-derived or paper-based products. Seventy percent of our expenditures on paper and board
Following the recommendations of the
- Optimize the use of wood fiber, recycled content and alternative fibers.
- Perform risk assessments to assure low risk of controversial sources of fiber contributing to deforestation in the supply chain.
- Obtain verification that materials from high priority countries
isof low risk of coming from controversial sources contributing to deforestation.
“Controversial sources” of fiber are defined as:
- Illegally harvested wood
- Wood harvested in violation of human or civil rights
- Wood harvested from forest in which high environmental,
ecosystem,and cultural values are threatened by management activities
- Wood harvested from forests containing protected or endangered species, including requirements of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), where applicable
- Wood harvested from areas where significant conversion of forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or to non-forest areas took place after December 31, 2010
We will give preference for verification of pulp and paper supply to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification
As part of this commitment, Colgate will continue our long-standing strategy to increase the use of recycled materials, as well as our efforts to optimize the use of other packaging materials.
Palm oil is the most widely traded vegetable oil in the world and is used in many
Colgate is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation. By 2020 Colgate will source palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives that are responsibly and sustainably produced and from sources that can be traced from plantation to product.
For more information, see Colgate's Policy on Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing of Palm Oils.
Soy, or soy oil, is an ingredient used in certain Colgate products. Colgate sources soy and soy oil from the United States and Brazil. As at least one organization has linked soy production in Brazil to deforestation of the Amazon and other highly biodiverse forest regions, we will commit to focusing resources to eliminate deforestation in our soy supply chain. As a minimum, we will:
- Join and support the Roundtable on Responsible Soy
- Support efforts such as the Soy Moratorium that help minimize deforestation from soy expansion and increase transparency in the soy sector
- Map our soy usage and geography of supply
- Work with our suppliers in Brazil and any other high-risk areas to assess the availability of soy that does not contribute to deforestation in our soy supply chain, such as soy certified by the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, and will increase our purchase from these suppliers.
- By 2017 we will procure soy and soy derivatives that are not linked to deforestation, verifying this through independent third-party verification and monitoring.
Tallow is a key ingredient in bar soap production and is a cattle byproduct. Colgate sources tallow from suppliers in North America, Latin
Currently, we require Brazilian suppliers to certify that they are following the environmental and social requirements set forth by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). We are also working to minimize the amount of tallow purchased from reportedly high-risk areas. We will continue to work with our suppliers to minimize the amount of tallow purchased from high-risk areas with a goal of eliminating such purchases as soon as possible.
Moving forward, we will:
- Collaborate with industry and stakeholder groups such as the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to work toward zero deforestation in this area.
- By 2017, require all applicable suppliers to be in compliance with the “Minimum Criteria for Industrial Scale Cattle Operations in the Brazilian Amazon Biome” set in 2009.
Colgate will work closely with employees, customers, suppliers, NGOs and other key stakeholders to increase awareness and commitment to the new no deforestation policy and to build our capability to achieve the 2015-2020 targets. The policy criteria will be included in the Colgate supplier selection process. Existing suppliers will be given reasonable time to comply with the policy. To confirm compliance, we will require extensive supplier auditing and evidence and will use independent certification and verification scenarios, along with monitoring tools such as the Global Forest Watch. Suppliers will be expected to apply the policy across their entire operations. In the event of non-compliance, Colgate will work with suppliers to create an action plan, with reasonable time commitments to meet our requirements. Suppliers failing to meet our time-bound requirements will be subject to non-renewal or termination of contracts. Colgate will continue to monitor and verify that our policies are being properly implemented.
Last Updated: July 26, 2016