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Environmental Sustainability

At P&G Canada, we see sustainability as an opportunity—a chance to improve lives, our own operations and the communities in which we live and work. That’s why we make sustainability part of all that we do.

For each of our brands, we’re committed to offering superior performance and value with a smaller environmental footprint. In keeping with that philosophy, we have established a global long-term sustainability vision along with short-term 2020 goals in three focus areas – climate, water and waste. Our 2020 goals help to ensure we are making progress against our long-term vision of offering superior quality and value with a smaller environmental footprint.

Long-term environmental sustainability vision:

  • Powering our plants with 100% renewable energy
  • Using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all our products and packaging
  • Having zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfill
  • Designing products that delight consumers while maximizing the conservation of resources

Highlights of our short-term environmental sustainability goals and progress:

Climate: Climate change poses complex challenges that require a wide range of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For P&G, this means we are striving to reduce energy consumption associated with our plants and products, use less carbon-intense raw materials and energy, and ensure that when we source key commodities like palm and pulp, we are not contributing to deforestation.

  • One of our 2020 goals is to reduce energy per unit of production by 20%. Since 2010, we have reduced our energy usage globally by about 15%; in Canada, our Brockville plant reduced energy usage by 18%; and the Toronto head office reduced energy usage by 50% since moving to our open-concept office in 2014.

Water: With the current water situation in the world today, we have an obligation to reduce the water we use in the manufacturing phase while helping to educate consumers about water consumption when they use our products.

  • In 2015, we achieved our 2020 goal of a 20% water reduction in our global manufacturing sites versus a 2010 baseline and we continue to look for ways to reduce water use in our operations.

Waste: We are committed to reducing waste in our manufacturing sites and we continue to look for ways to improve our packaging to reduce waste and ensure it can be recycled.

  • Globally, since 2015 more than half of our manufacturing facilities are zero-waste sites. In Canada, our Brantford Distribution Centre became a zero-waste site in 2016 and our other sites are making significant progress toward achieving this goal. One innovative way we are reducing waste is by providing our scrap absorbent materials to an external partner to produce emergency spill containment products.