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Sustainability Update: Progress Since 2010, New Goals for 2020

Monday, October 13, 2014 11:39 am EDT

Today, we announced that we’re expanding our sustainability goals to continue creating value with consumer-preferred brands and products while conserving resources, protecting the environment, and improving social conditions for those who need it most.            

We’re guided by 12 established Environmental Sustainability Goals toward our vision of 100% renewable energy use, 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging, and zero consumer and manufacturing waste going to landfills.

Since establishing these goals in 2010, we’ve made considerable progress.

  • We now have 70 zero-waste manufacturing sites;
  • Energy consumption, water use, C02 emissions, and truck transportation are all down significantly;
  • Our use of renewable energy, and the number of virgin-materials certifications, are up substantially;
  • We have expanded our social sustainability work, touching and improving the lives of more than 50 million people each year through disaster relief and programs such as Children’s Safe Drinking Water and the Pampers UNICEF partnership.


Today, we added new goals for 2020, with an emphasis on water conservation and product packaging.

Water conservation has been a long-standing priority for us. Between 2002 and 2012, we reduced water use at our manufacturing plants by 58% per unit of production. We’re now expanding our commitments to include:

  • Reducing water used in our manufacturing facilities by an added 20% per unit of production, with a specific focus on conservation efforts at facilities located in water-stressed regions;
  • Providing one billion people access to water-efficient products.


Product packaging is another key priority. We’re on track to reduce packaging by 20% per unit of production by 2020.

Given this progress, we’re raising the bar, committing to:

  • Doubling the use of recycled resin in plastic packaging, and
  • Ensuring 90% of product packaging is recyclable—or that programs are in place to recycle it.


In addition to these two expanded goals, we will be working across our supply chain to develop the capability by 2020 to replace top petroleum-derived raw materials with renewable materials, as cost and scale allow.

For example, we just announced a partnership with DuPont to bring cellulosic ethanol into Tide Laundry detergent in North America—a first of its kind. Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable ethanol coming from corn stalks, cobs and leaves left over from the harvest.

“We’re committed to grow P&G’s business responsibly,” said Martin Riant, P&G Executive Sponsor of Sustainability and Group President, Global Baby and Feminine & Family Care. “We are reducing the environmental footprint of our products for shoppers, our communities and the Company, while still delivering the quality and performance people expect from P&G products.”

Read the news release


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