Since the beginning, P&G’s Purpose, Values and Principles (PVP) have been guiding the way we do business. We’ve conducted our business with a focus on personal and professional ethics and principle-based management. Integrated into our PVP is the promise to “improve the lives of the world’s consumers, now and for generations to come.”
To fulfill that promise, we take a holistic approach to sustainability, working on multiple aspects of sustainability across products, operations, and social responsibility. We have now set some of the most ambitious goals among major companies, with the long term vision of:
- Using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging
- Having ZERO consumer waste go to landfills
- Powering our plants with 100% renewable energy
- Emitting ZERO carbon dioxide or toxic emissions
- Delivering effluent water as good or better than influent water quality, with no contribution to water scarcity
- Having ZERO manufacturing waste go to landfills
- Designing products to delight consumers while maximizing conservation of resources
This vision is stretching, and we believe it will take us decades to achieve. We have therefore set strategies in Products and Operations that help us deliver against our vision. To ensure we are holding ourselves accountable, we have two sets of goals, for 2012 and 2020. The 2012 goals are below; for 2020 please see the section on P&G’s New Sustainability Vision.
For products, we will continue to innovate to delight our consumers with sustainable innovations that improve our products, with a goal of $50 Billion in sales of such products by 2012. At the end of 2011, we reached the $40 Billion mark.
We set a worldwide goal to deliver a 50% reduction from the 2002 base, per unit production, in energy use, water use, CO2, and waste all by 2012. That means that a bottle of Tide in 2012 will be produced with 50% less of these resources than in 2002. By the end of 2011, P&G had already exceeded the 50% mark vs. the 2002 benchmark.
In social responsibility, we are working to improve the lives of children around the world through our Live, Learn and Thrive program. Our global activities include: opening 200 Hope Schools in developing countries, helping children in poverty-stricken areas gain access to education; delivering 4 Billion liters of clean drinking water to kids via our Children’s Safe Drinking Water program; and partnering with the UN and other agencies to deliver 300 million doses of vaccine to help prevent maternal and neonatal tetanus in the developing world.
As this vision will take decades to achieve, 2020 goals were also announced. These will set us on an incremental path toward our long-term vision and help us focus on efforts where we can make the most meaningful difference in environmental sustainability. The 2020 sustainability goals are in addition to our existing 2012 goals.
- Replace 25% of petroleum based materials with sustainably sourced materials
- Move 70% of laundry loads globally to using cold water wash
- Reduce packaging 20% (per consumer use)
- Pilot studies to understand how to eliminate consumer solid waste in landfills
- Have 30% of our plants’ energy needs met via renewable energy sources
- Reduce manufacturing waste so that less than half a percent is disposed of in landfills
- Reduce truck transportation by 20%
Throughout our history, we’ve focused on doing what’s right, and our approach to sustainability is fully consistent with this basic Company principle. We are accountable for delivering our goals year on year, and committed to improving P&G’s sustainability results consistently and reliably over the long term. To learn more, please see our online sustainability report, prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative’s G3 guidelines, at www.pg.com/sustainability.