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Building a Future to Smile About.

2019 At A Glance

Colgate People around the world are coming together to align behind, and to make progress towards, Colgate’s sustainability commitments. Below are some highlights and accomplishments of our progress over the past year.

  • People Icon People

    • Over 1.2 billion children reached in over 80 countries by Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures? (BSBF) oral health education program since 1991
    • More than 1.5 million people reached with handwashing education in 2019
    • Supplier Responsible Sourcing Assessments program in 2019 assess more than 80% of our “at risk” spend
    • Colgate People achieved 23 million Healthy Activity Minutes
    • More than 11 million pet adoptions since 2002 through our Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love? program
    • With a continued emphasis on foundational health and safety programs and critical risk management, in 2019, Colgate had the lowest number of recordable and lost work day accidents in our Company’s history.
  • Performance Icon Performance

    • To date, our Save Water program has helped avoid using an estimated 99 billion gallons of water and an estimated 5.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions(2)
    •  Improved the sustainability profile of 99% of new products and product updates(1)
    •  Approximately 81% of our packaging by weight is technically recyclable
    •  Through our partnership with TerraCycle?, more than 54,000 locations engaged in recycling, helping us divert nearly 10 million pieces of oral care waste from landfills globally
    •  Approximately 45% of our packaging materials by weight are from recycled sources
    •  In 2019, we completed adding all categories in the U.S. to the SmartLabel program
  • Planet Icon Planet

    • Colgate’s contributions to Water For People’s Everyone Forever program reached 460,000 people with water and sanitation and/or health and hygiene education since 2013

    • 66% reduction in waste sent to landfill per ton of product manufactured versus 2010(2)

    • 33% reduction in energy intensity versus 2002(2)

    • To date, 16 Colgate manufacturing facilities have achieved Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) TRUE Zero Waste certification

    • 50% reduction in water use per ton of product manufactured versus 2002(2)

    • 32% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus 2002(2)

    • 62% of palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives purchases are certified

1 The performance results are based on representative products from the product portfolio evaluated against comparable Colgate products across three impact areas to characterize likely improvement in the sustainability profile, based on review of quantitative and qualitative data.

2 Subject to final verification by a third-party auditor.

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