Reducing our footprint one step at a time
The world is increasingly depending on companies to make sustainable choices. As one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, we have an environmental responsibility to do the right thing. At P&G, sustainability is crucial and we are committed to doing our part.
P&G sustainability goals for 2030
During Earth Week in 2018, we released our new sustainability goals called Ambition 2030. These wide-reaching goals have one purpose in mind: to enable and inspire a positive impact on our environment and society while also creating value for us as a company and you as a consumer.
In an effort to address two of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges — finite resources and growing consumption — we have focused our ambitious goals on these specific areas.
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2030 Ambition: Brands making a positive impact
In a world where sustainable lifestyles have become more important than ever, we need brands to meet the performance expectations while also helping to solve some of the most complex challenges facing our world That’s why we’re working to make social and environmental responsibility an integral component of every brand in our portfolio. Here’s how.
Goal: 100% of our leadership brands will enable and inspire responsible consumption
Goal: 100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable
We plan to make this happen for most of our packaging through a combination of material choice, package design and working with partners to create innovative solutions for more sustainable products.
However, the unique challenge lies in the remaining fraction of our packaging because they use materials and formats in much smaller amounts By 2030, we’ll find solutions through technical and commercial innovation.
Goal: Build even greater trust through transparency
2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Award for world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic
-United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
2030 Ambition: Reducing our supply chain footprint
Our goal is to keep the promise of "quality you can trust." That's why behind each P&G product there is a supply chain committed to environmental responsibility — from sourcing our ingredients to getting the final product on the shelf.
Goal: Reduce our footprint and aim for circular economy solutions based on regeneration and restoration
AMBITION #1: 100% renewable electricity and cut GHG emissions in half at P&G sites
AMBITION #2: Our sites will deliver a 35% increase in water efficiency as well as source at least five billion litres of water from circular economy sources
AMBITION #3: Advance at least 10 significant supply chain partnerships to drive circularity on climate, water or waste
2020 GOAL: Reduce absolute GHG emissions by 30%
As of 2018, we’ve reduced emissions by 20%
2030 GOAL: Reduce water use in manufacturing facilities by 20% per unit of production
24% water reduction per unit of production used in P&G manufacturing facilities
Goal: Protect and enhance the forests we depend on
We use wood pulp in some of our products, and we have rigorous policies in place to ensure we are sourcing responsibly from forests certified to the highest standards. However, as we look to the future, we want to do more to not only protect but also enhance them.
AMBITION #1: Collaborate with numerous organizations to increase the global area of certified forests, while strengthening certification systems.
AMBITION #2: Lead the charge in efforts to develop products with a Forest Positive approach. Inspired by the World Wide Fund for Nature, this practice will deliver health benefits that will sustain the forests we depend on.
Goal: Improve the livelihoods of small palm farmers
As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, we are committed to sourcing our palm and palm derivatives responsibly. In areas like Malaysia and Indonesia — which house our largest supply chain and have a high density of small farmers — we are implementing local programs to build responsible agricultural practices. This will help small farmers increase their yield while maintaining P&G sustainability standards.
Climate Leadership Award 2017: Organizational Leader
Recognized for active leadership to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The US Environmental Protection Agency,
the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions,
and The Climate Registry
2030 Ambition: A society working together
We have put more environmental sustainability goals in place to protect our water and find ways to repurpose waste. However, we also know we cannot do it alone. Solving the biggest challenges that we face will require collaboration, which is why we are focused on creating partnerships that will enable people, the planet and our business to thrive.
Goal: Create solutions so that no packaging finds its way to the ocean
We are saddened by what’s happening to the world’s oceans. That is why we have included a plastics pledge in our 2030 goals. Internally, we are figuring out holistic solutions so that no P&G packaging finds its way to the ocean. We are also partnering with organizations that have the same goal in mind, and are already finding ways to stem the flow of plastic to the world’s oceans — like the Trash Free Seas Alliance in Southeast Asia.
Goal: Protect water for people and nature
Being responsible with the water we depend on is critical to the future of our planet. There's a diverse mix of landscapes, cultures, economies and climates that make water issues complex and require solutions unique to each river basin.
By 2030, we aim to have clearly defined our priority basins, the partners we'll work with and the actions needed to address the water challenges specific to each basin. Once that is done, we will look to advance the solutions to increase their resilience.
2030 GOAL: Ensure 70% of washing machine loads are low-energy cycles
As of 2018, 69% of loads are low energy
2030 GOAL: Provide 1 billion people with access to water-efficient products
As of 2018, we’ve provided access to 700 million people
2018 Friend of the Forest Award
-The Arbor Day Foundation
Goal: Advance recycling solutions for Absorbent Hygiene Products
Who would have thought you could recycle used diapers? Invented by our joint venture Fater in Italy, we found out a way. The breakthrough technology recycles used absorbent hygiene products to create new products and materials of added value. Partnering with cities, waste operators, and other partners, we plan to have this recycling practice operational in 10 cities across the globe by 2030.
2030 Ambition: Integrate sustainability in our workplace
Our manufacturing organization has made tremendous progress across climate, water and waste — and that’s driven largely in part by the passion and ingenuity of our employees. If we want any chance of reaching our 2030 goals, we know how important it is to keep them engaged and equipped.
We have developed a detailed environmental responsibility plan for employees across all levels and organizations to ensure they not only know our goals, but have ways to incorporate them into the work they do every day.
Integrating social and environmental sustainability in our business plans as a key strategy
Educate employees across all levels
Reward progress and integrate recognition in employee performance assessments
2018 Sustainability Leadership Award and Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award
-Business Intelligence Group
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Our work doesn't stop here
To know more about our P&G sustainability efforts, download our 2018 Citizenship report. For more information on our 2030 goals, download our Ambition 2030 plan. This is just the start of our journey to advance progress against our environmental sustainability goals. As we work, we will continue identifying partners and actions we plan to take and share our progress with you each year.
All goal numbers are representative of progress since 2010.
*Pre-rinsing dishes prior to loading the dishwasher uses up to 20 gallons of water. (Source: Energy Star energystar.gov)