Running on renewables

We believe in the responsible pursuit and usage of renewable energy. That means finding new efficiencies, partnering with experts, and operating today with the future in mind.

Our aim is to improve lives for generations to come. That means operating with a long-term mindset that includes responsibly maximizing our use of renewable resources. We emphasize doing this responsibly because we understand that what is "renewable" today, may not be tomorrow if our collective actions are not focused on preservation.

This space is as critical as it is complex. That’s why we continue to build strong partnerships with experts in a vast array of areas to help us set goals that improve our work. Because when we improve, so do our products, the communities we serve, and the global environment.

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Our Partners

  • Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance
  • Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Wild Asia
  • World Wide Fund
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Our Work: Renewable Energy

Energy from biomass

100% of the steam and up to 60-70% of the total energy needed to make Bounty and Charmin at one of our largest global manufacturing facilities will come from scrap wood—tree limbs, tree tops, discarded wood, even pecan shells.

Located in Albany, GA., and opening in 2017, the 50 MW biomass facility took more than two years and dozens of partnerships to make it a reality.

The facility will be built and operated by Constellation, and will generate additional power for local utility, Georgia Power. All wood used for the project will be sustainably collected locally following procurement standards we developed with external NGO partners.

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Electricity from Wind, Solar and Water

  • 100% wind electricity helps run our Taicang Hair Care Plant in China, where we make Head & Shoulders, Pantene and Rejoice
  • In Xiqing, China, our Beauty Plant uses geothermal electricity to provide 15% of the facilities overall electricity needs
  • Effective April 1, 2016, 100% of the electricity that runs our Gillette plant in Mexico will come from wind electricity
  • Our Pampers plant in Poland runs on 100% electricity
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Our Work: Renewable Materials

Responsible Forestry

Forests are critical to supporting virtually all life on earth. Increases in world population and pressure from economic demands are increasing threats to the world’s forests. These threats are especially high in tropical regions where deforestation and loss of high-conservation-value areas are already occurring. The good news is that forest are one of our most renewable resources and collaborating with numerous private and public sector organizations we can make progress in achieving our zero net deforestation goals and protecting habitat which benefits people, business and wildlife.

Our efforts are based on our commitment to ensure the responsible management of the world’s forests and our conscientious use forest products. Although we do not own or manage commercial forests, many of our products and packages are dependent on raw materials from the forest-based supply chains. Therefore, we recognize the key role we must play, through our procurement and manufacturing practices, to ensure the sustainability of the world’s forest resources.

Wood pulp for tissue/towel and absorbent hygiene products, wood fibers used in paper packaging, and palm oil for our laundry and beauty products are strategic commodities where our sourcing practices can have the greatest impact on ensuring responsible use of the world’s forest resources. Each of these materials has a different supply chain, and their unique complexities led us to develop individual programs.

We give preference to pulp from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified forests when it is available and meets product performance and business requirements, and competitive market conditions. FSC is the world’s most widely recognized forest certification scheme and is supported by internationally recognized environmental NGOs.

P&G also relies on the use of other third-party forestry certification systems within our supply chain; they include:

  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)
  • Brazilian National Forestry Certification Scheme (CERFLOR)
  • Canada’s National Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (CSA-SFM)

P&G purchases wood pulp for use in our tissue/towel and absorbent hygiene products. We maintained our prior goal for 100% of the virgin wood fiber used in our tissue/towel and absorbent hygiene products to be third-party certificated to one of the aforementioned standards.

In addition to ensuring a responsible supply chain for our virgin wood pulp our Charmin business has taken the step in supporting responsible forest management by achieving FSC certification its tissue paper products.

In August 2016, we launched our newest tissue product innovation Charmin Essentials, and with it the launch of FSC and Rainforest Alliance certification of our Charmin Ultra Strong and Ultra Soft family of tissue products.

Our iconic Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands have a long papermaking heritage and we are proud to share information and insights on our approach to responsible papermaking.

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Palm Oil & Palm Kernel Oil

We are unequivocally committed to zero deforestation in our palm supply chain.

Palm Oil is a highly efficient natural resource, requiring 10 times less land than other oil-producing crops and can be harvested year round. It is also one of the world's most versatile raw materials, included in about half of all products we find in grocery stores today, according to the not-for-profit organization Green Palm.

As a consumer of palm oil (P&G actually uses less than 1% of worldwide production of palm materials), we demand that what we buy is sustainably grown and harvested.

We achieved the goal we set in April 2014 to establish traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to supplier mills and are on track to ensure no deforestation in our palm supply by 2020.

In January 2016, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) and five other organizations to develop a model to ensure sustainable sourcing of palm oil.

As we are committed to establishing full traceability for all palm materials we buy, we launched in 2014 a large-scale program that touches all fronts of the palm supply chain – including working with small farmers to improve their practices. Ours is a three-pillar approach:

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  • Work with all our suppliers to source RSPO-certified materials, establishing traceably supply chain with zero deforestation by 2020.
  • Work with small farmers (holders), industry experts and academia to improve productivity and the lives of small farmers who are an important part of our supply chain.
  • Work to develop and align industry standards and practices for sustainable palm supply chains.
  • This is a complex challenge, for us and the entire industry. By working in partnership with top experts, NGOs and industry experts, we aim to make a positive difference.

Read more about our: 

Detailed goals on Palm Oil

Palm Oil Policy and FAQ

Updates on our work