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We recognize that transparency is important and provides a window into our performance on sustainability. In this report, we provide sustainability information relevant to a broad range of stakeholders, including consumers, customers, investors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and our own employees.

We acknowledge the importance of data verification and obtain third-party assurance for our primary environmental and social Key Performance Indicators: percentage of products with an improved sustainability profile; number of zero-waste certified sites; manufacturing carbon reduction per ton (of production); manufacturing energy reduction per ton (of production); manufacturing water consumption per ton (of production); waste-to-landfill per ton (of production); outbound logistics carbon per ton (of goods shipped); number of hours worked; number of lost-time incidents; number of recordable incidents and number of occupational fatalities.

In this report and other channels, we disclose information on our sustainability progress and respond to several rating organizations, including CDP Climate, CDP Water, CDP Forest and CDP Supply Chain, RobecoSAM (to inform the Dow Jones Sustainability Index rankings), JUST Capital, MSCI and Sustainalytics. Our sustainability information and the KPI table annexed also informs various ESG data sources including the Bloomberg Terminal.

Unless otherwise indicated, this report includes environmental, health and safety data from 100 percent of our manufacturing sites and technology centers around the world, but does not include data from contract manufacturers.(1) Certain information relates to our broader value chain. Supplier Responsible Sourcing Assessment program data includes selected contract manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers; our greenhouse gas and water footprints include additional data from upstream and downstream in our value chain and progress on our Policy on No Deforestation includes selected suppliers. Financial information is presented on a consolidated basis and in U.S. dollars (see Business Strength). The report provides data for Colgate’s fiscal year 2020 along with historical information and more recent updates where indicated. We issue our Sustainability Report on an annual basis; our previous report focused on fiscal year 2019.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. The alignment of this year’s report to the GRI framework can be found in our GRI Content Index. There are no significant changes in the scope of our report or the key sustainability issues identified. Please see our 2020 GRI Content Index for more details.

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Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This report, including our 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy and our 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Strategy, contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its rules, regulations and releases. These statements are made on the basis of our views and assumptions as of this time, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements except as required by law. We caution investors that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual events or results may differ materially from these statements due to a number of factors. For information about factors that could impact our business and cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, please refer to our filings with the SEC, including the information set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Colgate’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.


(1) Although we do not include the local operating results of our subsidiaries in Venezuela and Pakistan in our Consolidated Financial Statements, data from these locations are included in the calculations in this report. Recent acquisitions of our skin health and oral care businesses, EltaMD, Filorga, hello and PCA Skin, are not included in calculations referenced throughout this report, but they are consolidated for financial reporting purposes after their respective date of acquisition.