Colgate-Palmolive has reduced its energy use by 19.1 percent since 2005, the company has announced.
In the latest edition of its annual report entitled ‘Giving the World Reasons to Smile’ Colgate details the progress that it has been making towards its long-term sustainability goals.
Greenhouse gas intensity has been reduced by 19.7 percent and energy use intensity by 19.1 percent since 2005, the report states.
The company outlined future targets, including a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050 by reducing its manufacturing energy intensity and promoting the use of renewable energy.
The report highlighted that in 2014, Colgate improved the sustainability profile of 72 percent of new products. Colgate-Palmolive has committed to improving the sustainability profile of its packaging on a wider scale – to increase the recycled content to 50 percent by 2020 and improve packaging recyclability.
The company has also made some key contributions to social and ethical programmes. Colgate’s oral health education program, ‘Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures,’ has reached over 800 million children in more than 80 countries since 1991.
Contributions to Water For People’s Everyone Forever program have helped the charity reach over 100,000 people in 2014 with water, sanitation systems and/or health and hygiene education in Guatemala, Peru and India.
Colgate has recently been included on the 2015 Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies list, ranked as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Magazine and named to the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Leadership Index.