Personal care giant Colgate Palmolive has released its 2015 annual ‘Giving the World Reasons to Smile’ Sustainability Report, which looks at the company’s commitments, ongoing progress and latest achievements in sustainability and social responsibility.
The report highlighted that in 2016 the company would celebrate the 25th anniversary of its flagship oral health education program, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, which has reached over 850 million children in more than 80 countries since it began in 1991.
According to the report the company improved the sustainability profile in 85 percent of new products in 2015 while it also exceeded its 2015 energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, with a 21.7 percent reduction in energy intensity and a 26.2 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity in 2015 compared to 2005.
Ian Cook, Colgate’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Through the efforts of Colgate people everywhere, we have improved the health and well-being of our communities, made our products more sustainable and helped to conserve the planet’s vital resources. All of us at Colgate are excited to continue to help make a difference for our communities and the planet as we move forward on our sustainability journey through 2020 and beyond.”
Other highlights of the report include the company being named a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the sixth year in a row, with recognition for Sustained Excellence, as well as named to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 List.
Colgate also reduced water use intensity by over 33 percent since 2005 and continues progress in all areas of Colgate’s Water Stewardship Strategy.