Improving sustainability end-to-end

Our suppliers are critical partners in improving the environmental sustainability of our end-to-end supply chain. Since 2011, our External Business Partner Sustainability Scorecard has driven transparency and collaboration in our supply chain.

We are working with our strategic and most innovative partners and agencies to improve our products, supply chains and operations in a sustainable way. This includes developing improved solutions for bio-alternative materials, sustainable packaging, renewable energy, and logistics setups. Review the External Business Partner Sustainability scorecard here.

We work hand in hand with our partners to deliver sustainability improvements. Here are some of ways we are working together for the better:

  • P&G and DuPont are collaborating on using cellulosic ethanol, made from by-products of corn, in our laundry detergents, which will result in fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • P&G took part in a cooperative learning experience through the ReNEWW House. (Retrofit Net-zero: Energy. Water. Waste.) This is a house at Purdue University built in 1929 and retrofitted to include forward thinking energy- and water-saving features, as well as solar panels that produce both electricity and hot water. Systems in the home harvest waste heat from appliances and "gray water" from showers and sinks. The project was launched as part of the Sustainable Lifestyle Cluster of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which is co-chaired by P&G and our partner Firmenich. Key leaders from P&G and Firmenich lived in the house to inspire innovative thinking. Watch the video detailing the experience.
  • P&G partnered with DOW Chemical to change the supply of a key raw material for Downy Unstopables. It’s now supplied mainly by rail instead of road freight. This significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is the equivalent of taking almost 300 passenger vehicles off the road.
  • P&G asked our suppliers in India to come up with ideas that reduce plastic usage with the same performance characteristics. Our suppliers explored alternate resin materials and technologies. As a result, they developed new ideas to innovate our Hair Care sachets and Fabric Care packaging, resulting in a 16% reduction in plastic usage and material transportation over a two-year period.