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A welcome letter from Chairman, President and CEO, Noel Wallace

We are Colgate, a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for people, their pets, and our planet. This purpose unites Colgate-Palmolive People all around the world and energizes our sustainability efforts.

The world looks to Colgate for health and hygiene products to enable the well-being of their families and cleaner, greener living.  We leverage the power and potential of science, purposeful packaging and long-trusted brands to build a brighter future for people around the world. For Colgate, our company purpose and the value of our products are directly tied to how well we execute on sustainability. Especially now, as we focus on our health and homes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the implications of our actions on Climate and Waste is that much more important and the call to action even louder.

Highlighted in this report are the recent steps we have taken toward building a healthier planet:

Increasing Recyclability

Colgate introduced a first-of-its kind recyclable toothpaste tube and is openly sharing our innovation with other companies.  We’re also educating packaging and recycling stakeholders to gain acceptance for the tube. We’re ready for the work ahead to transform one of the most widely used forms of plastic packaging that until now could not be recycled.

Decreasing Waste, Emissions at Manufacturing Centers

As of 2019, a total of 16 Colgate manufacturing facilities on four continents have achieved TRUE Zero Waste certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. That’s more facilities in more regions than any other company, and the list grows year after year.  Our Burlington, N.J. flavors facility is the first in the world to achieve LEED Zero certification not just for waste, but also for carbon, energy and water. A four time winner!

Saving Water

Since its 2016 launch, our 'Save Water' program to encourage conservation has helped avoid the use of an estimated 99 billion gallons of water. Less water also means less energy usage and a reduction of an estimated 5.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. During Climate Week at the United Nations, Colgate hosted a panel discussion to share our learnings and further gain support for water conservation. Recognizing that people use water to brush their teeth, wash their bodies and clean their homes, we continued our public awareness campaign to inform consumers and encourage daily habit changes to preserve this natural resource. 

Colgate People are proud that we’re a leader in these and other areas. And we know it’s important to the people we serve.  The new Responsibly Made icon on our packaging shows consumers that our products are made at Colgate-Palmolive facilities that are increasing energy and water efficiency, driving towards zero waste, striving for no workplace accidents, and adhering to ethical labor practices. 

Our leadership is being recognized. We’re now listed as a leader within the UN Global Compact—the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. We were named to both the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices and for the first time ever was the Household Industry Sector Leader. Most recently, Colgate received a 2020 U.S. EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for the 10th consecutive year.

Colgate People care, and we are more determined than ever to innovate and make products that bring greater health and wellness to people, their pets and our planet. We are working hard with our partners -- customers, suppliers, NGOs, academics and governments -- to make faster progress for the greater good and a brighter and more sustainable future for all. 

Together, we will.

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WELCOME to Colgate’s Sustainability website!

Learn about Colgate’s sustainability journey and progress in 2019. Throughout this website you will find highlights of the activities and accomplishments of Colgate People around the world as we brought our Sustainability Strategy to life over the past year. You will find the entire 2019 sustainability report, live as of May 08, 2020.

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Colgate 2025: Our Strategy for The Future

As we embark upon a new decade, Colgate is presented with tremendous opportunities and new challenges in the area of sustainability. We begin this new decade with great momentum and a sense of accomplishment as we finish the last year of our 2015 to 2020 sustainability strategy. We are now determined to position ourselves for further growth and are setting our sights on something even bigger as we announce our 2025 Sustainability Mission, our 12 “Ambitions” and several new important Targets. Here are some highlights and we will be sharing more soon.

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2015 to 2020 Strategy

Colgate’s 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy maintains our emphasis on People, Performance and Planet.

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2019 At A Glance

Colgate People around the world are coming together to align behind our sustainability commitments and continue to make progress.

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2020 Sustainability Commitments Progress

Highlights of the progress we made on our sustainability commitments this year are described below. Colgate was named to both the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices and for the first time ever was the Household Industry Sector Leader. Colgate was also recognized as a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR 2020 Partner of the Year for the 10th year in a row. Read further to learn more about the progress we have made on Colgate’s Sustainability Strategy.

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