Sustainability

Building a Future to Smile About.

Partnerships

An important element of Colgate’s sustainability strategy is our engagement and collaboration with external partners, which complement our strong internal capabilities. Colgate has partnerships with a broad array of organizations, including suppliers, research institutions, universities, industry, and nonprofits. Some of Colgate’s sustainability partners in 2018 include:

AIM-PROGRESS – Colgate is a member of AIM-PROGRESS, a global industry forum dedicated to the promotion of responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems. It is a global initiative supported and sponsored by the European Brands Association in Europe and the Grocery Manufacturers Association in North America.

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) – As a founding sponsor of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF), Colgate has joined a worldwide group of experts seeking to promote integrated clinical and public health action in order to stop caries initiation and progression and to move towards a cavity-free future for all age groups.

American Cleaning Institute (ACI) – Colgate is a member of the  American Cleaning Institute’s Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, which requires companies to have systems in place for continual assessment, review and improvement of sustainability performance, including raw material selection, resource use and occupational health and safety, at every stage of the product life cycle. We also participate in their sustainability metrics program.

American Dental Association (ADA) – Colgate partners with the American Dental Association Foundation each year to sponsor the “Give Kids A Smile®” program. Each year, approximately 350,000 underserved children benefit from more than 1,500 events thanks to the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers. Colgate continues its support with donations of $100,000 and 300,000 oral care products annually.

CDP – Colgate has reported our carbon emissions to CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) since 2004. We now respond to the CDP Climate, CDP Water and CDP Forest Disclosures and survey our suppliers through the CDP Supply Chain Program.

CEMPRE – Colgate has been a member corporation with Compromisso Empresarial para Reciclagem (Business Commitment for Recycling) (CEMPRE) in Brazil since 2015. CEMPRE promotes the concept of integrated management of solid waste, promotes consumer recycling measures and implements education and awareness programs about the importance of the “3Rs,” reducing, reusing and recycling program.

Closed Loop Fund – In 2014, Colgate became one of the initial investors in the Closed Loop Fund to develop local recycling infrastructure  and sustainable manufacturing technologies that advance the circular economy. This fund provides zero interest loans to municipalities and below market loans to private companies, with a goal to develop infrastructure and improve recycling rates. By 2030, Closed Loop Partners expects to reduce or avoid GHG emissions by at least 36 million metric tons of CO2 through our investments.

Conference Board Chief EH&S Officers’ Council – Colgate participates in the Conference Board Chief EH&S Officers’ Council. Our membership enables peer-to-peer benchmarking of leading EH&S strategies, practices and processes.

Consumer Goods Forum – We participate in the CGF Sustainability Steering Team and Social Steering Team, which includes the Plastic Waste Working Group. We support CGF’s collective commitments related to sustainability climate change, including the effort to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps – EDF Climate Corps is a summer fellowship program that embeds trained, custom-match graduate students inside leading organizations to accelerate clean energy projects and strategy. Colgate has hosted Climate Corps fellows since 2013, and in 2018 an EDF fellow helped Colgate identify energy efficiency opportunities at its global manufacturing facilities and develop 2025 water reduction goals, tailored to the local context of water basins.

EUROPEN - Colgate has been a long-standing member of EUROPEN (The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) — which is a cross-industry organization presenting the packaging supply chain in Europe on topics related to packaging, packaging waste and the environment, independent of any specific packaging materials or systems. Colgate is highly committed to a packaging supply chain approach which supports our packaging sustainability agenda and related corporate objectives in Europe towards a Circular Economy.

Forum for the Future – Colgate is a member of the Forum for the Future Beauty and Personal Care Working Group, an industry collaboration to improve sustainability in the beauty and personal care sector.

The Forest Trust (TFT) – Colgate is a palm oil member of The Forest Trust, our strategic partner in meeting our palm oil sourcing commitments. This includes mapping our supply chain, engaging our suppliers and driving transformation in the supply chain.

Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF) – Colgate is the founding and principal sponsor of this group, which builds on the achievements of the United Kingdom government-funded Global Child Dental Health Taskforce program. We established this group in partnership with the World Health Organization with the goal of eradicating dental cavities in children globally by 2026.

Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – As a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Colgate contributed to the development of the Smart LabelTM initiative. This platform will enable consumers to obtain additional details about products by scanning a QR code or doing an online search to reach a landing page with information on ingredients.

International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE) – Colgate is a charter member of the AISE flagship initiative, the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. The AISE Charter is a comprehensive program that ensures continual improvement in the sustainability of our home care products, covering production, design and consumption.

MagnusMode – In 2018, we continue to partner with MangusMode, the company behind MagnusCardsTM, an innovative mobile app that empowers people living with cognitive special needs, such as autism, to independently manage daily skills like tooth brushing.

National Dental Association (NDA) – Colgate’s commitment to improve children’s oral health in the community includes a long-term partnership with the National Dental Association (NDA), the world’s largest minority oral health association.

The Nature Conservancy – Colgate is working with The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness of water issues in the U.S. and encourage consumers to conserve this vital resource.

ORCHSE - Colgate partners with ORCHSE, a leading global safety network organization, which assists multinational companies in achieving and sustaining health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance excellence. The organization’s network of 110 member companies, representing 20 different industry sectors, facilitates communication and sharing of effective practices between partner companies, and between industry and governmental agencies responsible for establishing national and international HSE policies.

Rainforest Alliance – Colgate partnered with the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization with 30 years of experience in responsible forest management and sustainable sourcing, to develop a specific policy to the sustainable sourcing of pulp and paper.

Recycling Partnership - Colgate joined The Recycling Partnership in 2018. TRP  

is a leading, national force for improving recycling, that puts private dollars to work in communities to invest in a system to protect resources, empower sustainable action, and unlock opportunity in the world of U.S. recycling.

Red Cross – Colgate provides financial support to the Red Cross in the event of large scale disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. We also donate personal care products for those who have been displaced from their homes. Additionally, Colgate matches employee donations to the Red Cross through our Matching Gift Program.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – Colgate is a member of this group, which is working on solutions for the use and growth of sustainable palm oil.

Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) – Colgate is a member of the RTRS, an internationally recognized forum working to develop and promote a standard of sustainability for the production, processing, trading and use of soy.

Save the Children – Colgate’s commitment to increase access to children’s oral health and education in the community includes a strategic partnership with Save the Children in Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. regions.

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) – Colgate is a Global Partner in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Colgate supports SETAC’s mission to develop principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of the environment by providing a forum where professionals can exchange ideas and discuss environmental challenges, regulations, research and development and environmental education.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition – Colgate is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a project of non-profit GreenBlue®, which brings together businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively strengthen and advance the business case for more sustainable packaging. Membership offers important education and collaboration opportunities as well as forward-thinking projects that promote packaging sustainability.

The Sustainability Consortium – Colgate is an active member of the Home and Personal Care Sector of the Sustainability Consortium, which is committed to improving product sustainability. Colgate is also on the Corporate Advisory Council of this group.

TerraCycle® – Colgate continues to partner with eco-innovator TerraCycle® in five markets, including the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China. TerraCycle® recycles oral care packaging and toothbrushes collected at schools, stores, and other locations into new and affordable eco-friendly products, such as recycled benches, gardens, playgrounds, and picnic tables. Additionally, TerraCycle® recycles oral care packaging into backpacks, tote bags, and pencil cases. Over two million people around the world are collecting used Colgate packaging to be made into new products by TerraCycle®.

United Nations (UN) Global Compact – Colgate-Palmolive supports the United Nations Global Compact and is working to align our operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anticorruption, and we are taking action in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations (UN) CEO Water Mandate – Colgate-Palmolive is pleased to support the United Nations CEO Water Mandate.

U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR – Colgate is an active partner of the EPA’s industrial sector and has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for eight years in a row. Since 2011, 70 Colgate manufacturing sites have achieved U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry recognition.

U.S. EPA GREEN POWER PARTNER – In 2014, Colgate joined the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which encourages the voluntary use of green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Partners benefit from the use of green power, while supporting the development of renewable energy in the United States. Colgate was named to the National Top 100 list in 2018, representing the largest green power users within the Partnership.

U.S. EPA SmartWay – In the U.S., Colgate-Palmolive and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partners. The program helps the freight transportation sector improve supply chain efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Colgate has been a member company of the USGBC since 2007. Colgate is also a Charter Member of the USGBC LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities, which actively engages in advancing green building practices for manufacturing sites. In 2017, Colgate began working with USGBI on their TRUE Zero Waste certification program as a way to help support our efforts to drive towards zero waste. We continue to work with USGBI TRUE Zero Waste, now working on projects all over the world.

Water For People – Colgate launched our partnership with Water For People in 2013. Since that time, Colgate’s contributions to Water For People’s Everyone Forever program helped them to reach over 450,000 people with water, sanitation systems and/or health and hygiene education in Guatemala, Peru and India.

World Resources Institute (WRI) – Colgate is a member of WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group to share knowledge and stay informed on key environmental issues. Colgate also uses the WRI Aqueduct tool to assess a variety of water-related risks in our operations, including water stress, drought and flood.

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