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2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy

Learn more about our 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy and how we're Building a Future to Smile About.

2015 to 2020 Strategy

Colgate’s 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy maintains our emphasis on People, Performance and Planet with focused, measurable goals that align with the Company’s business objectives.

  • People Icon Helping Colgate People and Their Families Live Better

    WE WILL:

    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

  • People Icon Contributing to the Communities Where We Live and Work

    WE WILL:

    Expand Bright Smiles, Bright FuturesTM 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 homes

    Reach 60 million people annually with handwashing education

    Expand Colgate Cares Day globally to be a leader in volunteerism

  • Brands Icon Delighting Consumers and Sustaining Our World With Our Brands

    WE WILL:

    Improve the sustainability profile in our new products and product updates2

    Commit $250 million to drive sustainability with breakthrough product and process innovation

    Increase the recyclability of our packaging and increase recycled content to 50%3

    Have a positive impact by expanding access to affordable health and wellness products for millions of people in underserved communities

    Use the power of our brands to build awareness and drive engagement in product sustainability

  • Water Icon Making Every Drop of Water Count

    WE WILL:

    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    Replenish water withdrawn in highly stressed regions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

  • Climate and Environment Icon Reducing Our Impact on Climate and the Environment

    WE WILL:

    Responsibly source forest commodities to reach zero net deforestation

    Promote use of renewable energy and reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by 25% compared to 2002

    Reduce our manufacturing energy intensity by one-third compared to 2002

    Halve 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

1 15% risk reduction will be measured considering a 2013 baseline, using the Global Health Risk Assessment tool, available to countries with 100 or more employees.

2 The performance results will be based on representative new products and product updates evaluated against comparable Colgate products, considering a 2015 baseline, across seven impact areas to characterize likely improvement in the sustainability profile, based on review of quantitative and qualitative data.

3 Packages meeting all three criteria are considered recyclable: 1) the package is made of a material that is widely accepted for recycling, 2) the package can be separated into material(s) that can be recycled, and 3) the package material can be reprocessed into a preferred valuable feedstock.

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