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  • Colgate achieved a 16% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 versus 2005, and a 17% reduction in energy per ton of product manufactured in 2013 versus 2005. More than 60% of manufacturing facilities have achieved recognition from the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.

  • Colgate reduced waste sent to landfill per ton of product manufactured by 17% compared to 2010. Approximately 40% of packaging materials globally come from recycled sources.

  • Colgate reduced water use by 32% per ton of product manufactured in 2013 versus 2005. Enough water consumption has been avoided to fill 5,700 Olympic-sized swimming pools (3,762,000,000 gallons).

  • Colgate invests $1 million annually on research with nonanimal alternatives. Colgate also works closely with worldwide regulatory agencies to examine how nonanimal tests can be incorporated into their safety requirements for consumer products.

Working Together

Colgate partnered with Water For People to provide more than 10,000 people in India and Guatemala with water, sanitation systems, and health and hygiene education. Colgate will continue its partnership with Water For People in 2014 to help provide 100% drinking water coverage in 30 districts across 10 countries by 2018. Colgate will expand this partnership to sponsor projects in Guatemala, Peru, and India. According to PETA, Colgate-Palmolive is the only company that is “Working for Regulatory Change.” “Working for Regulatory Change”—a category that recognizes companies that test on animals only when required by law, that are completely transparent with PETA about which animal tests they conduct and why, and that are actively working to promote development, validation, and acceptance of nonanimal methods.

The Green Advantage

Colgate improved its sustainability efforts in the last year. It delivered on community development, environmental protection, hygiene promotion, and water conservation. The Colgate brand’s green relevance increased in the eyes of conscientious consumers. The brand reduced water and energy use per ton of production by 32% and 17% respectively, working toward goals of 40% and 20% by 2015. It changed its product lines so that 40% of packaging, on average, is made from recycled materials. It also developed procedures to help eliminate deforestation from manufacturing actions. Colgate reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% and energy by 17% per ton of product manufactured in 2013 compared to 2005. Colgate continues to benefit society and the environment by its actions and by expanding its relationships with socially conscious organizations.


Colgate sustainability
PETA—Companies Working for Regulatory Change
Water For People partnership
Deforestation-free policies for palm oil sourcing