Sustainability

Giving the world reasons to smile.

  • Colgate people, consumers, communities, business partners, shareholders and other stakeholders are vital to Colgate's success and future growth.

    Continuously improve employee health and reduce health risks by 15%(1)

    Encourage healthier living for Colgate People and their families

    Ensure a safe and healthy work environment with a goal of zero lost-time incidents

    Provide education and tools to Colgate people to elevate financial awareness and planning

     

    Expand “Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” program to reach 1.3 billion children

    Invest in the improvement of health, education and environment for thousands of people in communities around the globe

    Partner with animal shelters to help over 2 million dogs and cats find a home. Learn more about Hill's Food, Shelter & Love program.

    Reach 60 million people annually with handwashing education

    Expand “Colgate Cares Day” globally to be a leader in volunteerism

  • We're committed to grow the business with innovative, more sustainable products that make the lives of consumers healthier and more enjoyable.

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates

     

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates

  • A cleaner, healthy environment is important to Colgate not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense.

    Promote use of renewable energy and reduce absolutely greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by 25% compared to 2002

    Reduce our manufacturing energy intensity by one third compared to 2002

    Have our manufacturing waste sent to landfill per ton of product compared to 2010, working toward our goal of “Zero Waste”

    Partner with key suppliers, customers and consumers to reduce energy, greenhouse gas emissions and waste

    Partner with local and global organizations to bring clean water to underserved areas of the world

    Promote water conservation awareness to all our global consumers. Learn more about our commitment to saving water

    Responsibly source forest commodities to reach zero net deforestation. Learn more about our policy on no deforestation.

    Increase supplier participation in our water stewardship program

    Replenish water withdrawn in highly stressed regions

    Reduce our manufacturing water intensity by half compared to 2002

A welcome letter from Chairman, President and CEO, Ian Cook

Achieving economic, social and environmental performance in today’s business climate requires a longterm corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategy that is executed with discipline year after year. At Colgate, we bring to our 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy the same dedication we bring to our business building efforts, and a strong focus on delivering our five global commitments and goals:

  • Helping Colgate People and Their Families Live Better
  • Contributing to the Communities Where We Live and Work
  • Brands That Delight Consumers and Sustain Our World
  • Making Every Drop of Water Count
  • Reducing Our Impact on Climate and the Environment

Publication of this report provides the opportunity to thank Colgate people and our partners for their contributions to delivering our strategy. We are also especially pleased to highlight these aspects of our ongoing sustainability journey:

  • 2016 marked the 25th Anniversary of our Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program (BSBF), through which Colgate has reached over 900 million children in need around the world with oral health education.
  • Colgate no longer uses microbeads or phthalates as ingredients in our products. We have also reformulated our products using alternative, safe preservative systems and no longer use parabens as preservatives in our products. In 2017, we will also complete the elimination of the use of formaldehyde donors as preservatives in our products.
  • The efforts of Colgate people around the world enabled us to be recognized as a member of the North American DJSI Leadership Index, CDP Water A List and CDP Climate A List as well as sector leaders in the Just Capital Ranking.
  • We continue to increase the number of facilities that were constructed with sustainability in mind—14 facilities have achieved 17 certifications from the U.S. Greenbuilding Council under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
  • In 2016, we joined members of the Consumer Goods Forum in a commitment to eradicate forced labor from our value chains. We believe that every worker should have freedom of movement, no worker should pay for a job and no worker should be indebted or coerced to work, principles long established in our own direct operations.
  • We issued a commodity-specific Policy on Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing of Palm Oils and are continuing to work with our suppliers and The Forest Trust to build a traceable supply chain that meets our policy criteria.
  • We have also recently confirmed our support for the UN Global Compact and principles on human rights, labor, environmental and anticorruption.

As we head into 2017, Colgate will continue to care for the well-being of people and their families, be a steward for the planet and its resources and do business with the highest level of integrity.

We are confident we will accomplish what we are setting out to achieve by working together as one global team, committed to continue Giving the World Reasons to Smile.

Thank you,

Ian Cook
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer