Reducing our footprint one step at a time
We’re concerned about using sustainable technology. So as a company, it’s up to us to make responsible, eco-friendly products. We know how crucial it is, and we’re committed to doing our bit.
During Earth Week in 2018, we released new environmental sustainability goals called Ambition 2030. These broad-reaching goals have a common aim: to enable and inspire positive impact on the environment and society while creating value for the Company and consumers.
In an attempt to address two of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges—finite resources and growing consumption—we’ve developed pillars to focus on four specific areas:
Enable responsible consumption, packaging, ingredients, and safety
Reduce our footprint, protect the forests, and improve livelihoods of palm smallholders
Ensure packaging won’t find its way to the ocean, protect water, and advance recycling solutions
Educate employees, integrate sustainability into business plans, and reward progress
We were able to create these ambitious goals for the future because we’ve made so much progress on our 2020 goals. To do that, we focused on improving our efficiency and reducing our footprint in three areas, which you can explore here.
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Over the past two decades, our teams have been developing innovative ways to reduce and recycle water use in our facilities and help you to reduce it in your home.
Reducing our water usage
For the past five years, we’ve been working with experts at the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Project to develop a process that allows us to determine which manufacturing sites and supplier locations have limited access to water.
Helping you to save water in your home
To use many P&G products, water is required. We’re working hard to create ways that allow you to use less water but still get the full benefit.
2017 Sustainability Award for Water
The American Forest & Paper Association
We have a vision that one day absolutely zero consumer and manufacturing waste will go to landfills. To help to lead the way and set the tone for what’s possible, we’re on a mission to achieve that now.
Recycling manufacturing waste
Since 2007, our Global Assets and Recovery Purchases (GARP) programme has diverted nearly 700,000 tons of rubbish from landfills, finding alternative uses for this potential waste.
Helping you to reduce waste
In a world where living green has become more important than ever, we know it’s important to create environmentally sustainable products. We’re continuing our efforts to improve our packaging so it’s as efficient and sustainable as possible.
We’ve been using recycled materials in our products and packaging since the 80s. In fact, one of our very own scientists invented a new sustainable technology that recycles a type of plastic that wasn’t recyclable before—helping us to reduce even more waste.
To this day, we continue to help consumers to reduce their footprints by collaborating with corporate programmes such as Waste to Worth and organisations including The Recycling Partnership, The Closed Loop Fund and Materials Recovery for the Future.
Preserving our climate
Our goal is to keep our promise of “quality you can trust” while reducing the environmental footprint of our company and our consumers.
Renewable energy in our plants
With P&G's US partners, an additional 52 wind turbines and more than 125 megawatts of electricity were brought to the US grid via the wind farm in Texas, USA. This wind farm provides 100% of the electricity needed for all the US and Canada Fabric & Home Care manufacturing sites—including Tide, Gain, Downy, Dawn, Cascade, Febreze and Mr. Clean.
Forests are one of our most renewable resources. By collaborating with numerous organizations, we’re making progress towards protecting these habitats.
As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we’re also committed to sourcing our palm and palm derivatives responsibly.
Climate Leadership Award 2017: Organizational Leader
Recognized for active leadership to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry
Our work doesn't stop here
This just scratches the surface of all of our efforts toward environmental sustainability. To get a full look at what we’re doing around the world, download our corporate sustainability report.
All goal numbers are representative of progress since 2010.
* Pre-rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher uses up to 74 litres of water (Source: Energy Star energystar.gov).
** Cleaning product ingredients per drop vs. the leading competitor’s non-concentrated brand.
† Based on Dawn and equivalent P&G brands sold in the key markets globally.