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Sustainability at Colgate-Palmolive

Welcome to our 2020 Sustainability Report, where you'll learn about our Sustainability Strategy and commitments

to People, Performance and Planet. You'll also find highlights about the progress we've made this year.


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

Colgate-Palmolive is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. With the Colgate brand found in more homes than any other, we embrace our extraordinary opportunity -  and responsibility - to make the world a better place. As you will read in the following report, Colgate People are focused on three key ambitions:


• Driving social impact by being a best in class employer and responsible corporate citizen that champions health and wellbeing and advances diversity, equity and inclusion for our people and communities.

• Helping people develop healthier habits through greater transparency and sustainable products that improve their lives and homes - from oral and personal care to home care and pet nutrition.

• Preserving and enhancing our environment by accelerating action on climate change, eliminating waste, decreasing plastic usage and conserving natural resources.

Below are just a few examples of what you will read about in our report: 

Driving Social Impact

The tragic events we confronted in the U.S. last summer and other cultural and racial tensions around the world prompted us to reexamine our overall Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts in 2020. We are listening, learning, understanding and acting with courage and conviction. 

We also continued to champion health and hygiene in our communities through the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) oral health program. We have reached more than 1.3 billion children and families with education, free toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental screenings and treatment referrals to children in more than 80 countries around the world. We are raising the bar to reach two billion children by 2025.

Helping Millions of Homes

In 2020, Colgate continued to design new, more sustainable products to enhance health and hygiene. Recently, we introduced the Colgate Keep, a reimagined toothbrush with an aluminum handle and replaceable brush head that contains 80 percent less plastic than a similarly sized Colgate toothbrush. We also continued to drive water scarcity awareness through our #SaveWater campaign globally, encouraging everyone to turn off the tap while brushing. Our outreach extended to our furry friends led by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which provides premium nutrition for dogs and cats and promotes pet adoption to help shelter animals find their forever homes. Looking ahead, engaging with people who choose our products is important to us so we are working on 100% ingredient transparency across all our brands by 2025. 

Preserving our Environment

Colgate now has 20 TRUE Zero Waste facilities in 10 countries on five continents - more than any other company - and we are aiming to be 100% certified  by 2025.  We also introduced our first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube, a technology we are sharing with others to help make all tubes part of the circular economy. Ever focused on the future, we have commited to reduce our use of new (virgin) plastics in packaging by one third, and have set a target for all of our packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Finally, we are accelerating action on climate and have set a target in our own operations to achieve net zero carbon by 2040 and 100% renewable energy by 2030, supporting our pledge to the United Nations Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees.

In short, Colgate People are energized by our purpose which incorporates ambitious and measurable sustainability and social impact commitments. Working with customers, suppliers, NGOs, academics, governments and other partners, we’re building a brighter and more sustainable future for all. We are eager to share our progress with you here.




A welcome letter from Chief Sustainability Officer, Ann Tracy

“Our planet is in trouble,” say Gen Z kids (I have four), and they’re counting on us to do something about it.

Young people — and increasingly consumers of all ages — expect the companies they support to take on the burning issues of the day: climate change, plastic waste and water scarcity, as well as health, education and diversity, equity and inclusion. At Colgate-Palmolive, we are focused on solving big problems.  We are proud that our Colgate brand is in more homes than any other, and tackling these issues starts at home.  We see that as our superpower, and we have a big responsibility to use our global reach to help the  people who buy and use our products live more healthy and sustainable lives.

This year, we report against the final year of our 2020 People, Performance and Planet Strategy that we set in 2015.  We are pleased to report that we met or exceeded our energy, greenhouse gas emission, water and waste reduction targets.  Our supply chain teams are finding new ways to cut waste and operate in ways that are better for the planet. We’re bringing breakthroughs to market to make our packaging recyclable, to use more recycled plastic, less plastic or no plastic at all as we work toward 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. And we’re working with our suppliers to ensure we have strong responsible sourcing programs in place. Finally, in the communities where we live and work, we have reached over 1.3 billion children with our Bright Smiles, Bright Futures oral health education program and helped to find over 11 million shelter pets forever homes through our Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Program.  

This year, we are excited to launch our 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Strategy.  We encourage you to learn more about our results and our future ambitions and actions in this report and on our website.

While we are proud of our progress so far, we recognize there is much more work to be done.  And this work cannot be done without collaboration with our consumers, suppliers, retailers, communities and, most importantly, Colgate People.  We are working to fully embed sustainability into our strategic growth plan and across all facets of our business. Together we will tackle these problems and inspire people to live more sustainably. Together, we will smile, because we are reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet.

Reimagining a Healthier Future for All

Colgate Sustainability and Social Impact Report 2020

We are pleased to report excellent progress against the final year of our 2020 Sustainability Strategy, anchored in the framework of people, performance, and planet. Throughout this report you will find highlights of activities and accomplishments of Colgate People around the world as they brought our Sustainability Strategy to life over the past year. Across this website you will find the entire content of our 2020 sustainability report.

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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 & Social Impact Mission, our 3 Key Ambitions, and several new important Actions & Targets. Click below for 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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2020 Sustainability Progress Highlights

Highlights of the progress we made on our sustainability commitments this year are described below. Colgate was named to both the 2020 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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