Sustainability

Building a future to smile about.

  • 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

As we head into 2018, 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.

Colgate People all around the world take pride in our Company and the business, social and environmental performance we deliver each year. They care about the future of our Company, the communities we serve, and the planet we share.

At the heart of our efforts are our commitments to our shared global values, ethical behavior, and ambitious sustainability goals that touch most everything we do. Our focus remains on five global sustainability commitments:

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

This report details our current progress and our commitments to future progress. I am especially pleased to highlight developments in these three critical areas:

Water Conservation Colgate is uniquely positioned to lead in water conservation: Water is intrinsic to our products and how they are used. Conserving water reflects our value of Caring for people and the planet, as our brands, found in more households than any other in the world, are trusted by billions of people. So we have both an extraordinary opportunity – and a clear duty – to help preserve this vital resource. Momentum is building around our #EveryDropCounts campaign, and this year we will reach people in 70+ countries with engaging messages to turn off the tap when brushing.

Palm Oil We recognize our responsibility to work with industry groups, suppliers, governments and others to ensure we source palm oil and its derivatives in ways that do not damage the environment or exploit workers. Our goal is to reach 100 percent sustainable palm oil which we expect to achieve in 2018. This year we also expect to disclose 100 percent of the mills that supply us directly from our four largest palm oil suppliers, which together account for more than 80 percent of our purchases. Looking ahead, we will extend this program to additional suppliers as we work toward our goal of full disclosure and traceability.

Plastic Packaging Plastics can contribute to environmental concerns, including pollution of the world’s oceans. We are committed to reducing our use of plastic in our packaging, using more recycled plastic, and increasing the recyclability of our plastic packaging. We have made significant progress, including reducing our use of PVC plastics – 98 percent of our packaging is free of this hard-to-recycle plastic. Now we have raised the bar with a new commitment: 100 percent recyclability of the plastic we use in our packaging across all categories by 2025.

I am grateful to all the Colgate People who contribute to our sustainability success year after year, as well as to the suppliers and other partners we work with to achieve our goals. Our progress is being recognized; including placement on the CDP Water A List and CDP Climate A List, making Colgate-Palmolive the highest ranked U.S. based company in our industry.

Together, we are Building a Future to Smile About

Thank you,

Ian Cook
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer