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

Invest $300 million to support improved 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.

17.3 million worldwide sales 2014

58.5% gross profit margin 2014

Improved sustainability profile in 72% of new products

Approximately 40% of our packaging materials by weight globally come from recycled sources

Over 80% of our pulp and paper is certified or is in the process of being certified as being sourced from responsible managed forests

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.

Reduce our manufacturing water intensity by half compared to 2002

Replenish water withdrawn in highly stressed regions

Increase supplier participation in our water stewardship program

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

Responsibly source forest commodities to reach zero net deforestation

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

Sustainability Report

As a company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, we are committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us. Our long-term sustainability strategy is focused on three areas: People, Performance, and Planet.

including KPIs and Sustainability Strategies

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

At Colgate, our long-term commitment to sustainability helps drive our strong performance as we partner with our consumers, suppliers and customers to advance our business success and Give the World Reasons to Smile.
As 2015 ended, we moved to our next phase Sustainability goals for 2020 with gratitude to the Colgate people everywhere who helped us advance our strategy from 2011 to 2015. Through their efforts, we have improved the health and well-being of our communities, made our products more sustainable and helped to conserve the planet’s vital resources.

At the same time, our journey has made clear to us how much more there is to do and how vital it is that we continue our progress. Recognizing this, our 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy involves more Colgate people, engages more of our consumers and partners and sets more ambitious goals for our performance. These new goals build on existing commitments, taking us deeper into the areas where we can truly make a difference.

In this 2015 Sustainability Report, you will see highlights of our progress in all areas of our strategy, including our Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) oral education program, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Colgate people take great pride in this initiative, which is among the most successful children’s oral health initiatives in the world. Through long-standing partnerships with governments, schools and communities, BSBF has reached more than 850 million children and their families across 80 countries with free dental screenings and oral health education.

Colgate people can also take pride in the other critical 2011 to 2015 accomplishments: We improved the sustainability profile in 85 percent of new products.

We surpassed our 2015 targets for greenhouse gas and energy reduction and continue to work towards our goal of a 25 percent absolute greenhouse gas reduction by 2020, which will help us do our part in the fight against climate change. We are educating millions of consumers about the importance of saving water through our Save Water campaigns, bringing a 2016 World Water Day message to “Turn Off the Faucet” to over 60 countries.

Colgate people remain deeply committed to the 2020 goals we outline in this report. All of us are excited to help make a difference for our communities and the planet by advancing these efforts. With their help, I am confident that Colgate will continue Giving the World Reasons to Smile.