Heritage & Recognition

Over 50 Years
of Sustainability
Progress

P&G has been values-based since its founding in 1837. The timeline illustrated below highlights sustainability progress over the last six decades.

2010s

2010
P&G implements Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard to reduce environmental footprint across the supply chain.
2010
P&G announces new P&G Children’s Safe Drinking water commitment to “Save a life every hour” by 2020.
2010
New long-term environmental sustainability vision and 2020 goals announced.
2010
Since the inception of Children’s Safe Drinking Water, over 2 billion liters of safe drinking water have been delivered to families in need.

2000s

2009
New commitment made to provide a total of 4 billion liters of safe drinking water in order to prevent 160 million days of diarrhea illness and save 20,000 lives.
2009
P&G Winner - 2009 Annual European "Intermodal Award" for Best Practices Competition
2009
New commitment made to Future Friendly, a natural resource educational initiative, in 50 million US households by Earth Day 2010; achieving placement of P&G Sustainable Innovation Products in 30 million US homes by the end of 2010
2009
Won Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Sefose molecule
2009
Bob McDonald becomes CEO and Business Sponsor for Sustainability
2009
Increased goals for 2012. Ariel Excel Gel launched as “archetypal SIP”
2009
P&G named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World
2008
New commitment made to provide 330 million impressions from awareness campaign and 1 billion liters of safe drinking water
COMPLETED
2008
EPA awards P&G’s Cincinnati corporate headquarters with the Energy Star Certification
2008
P&G receives the European Business Award honoring commitment to corporate sustainability
2008
OECD adopts P&G’s laboratory biodegradation test series
2008
New commitment made at Clinton Global Initiative to provide 200 million Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus vaccines over 3 years to eliminate these diseases from the countries where they remain
2008
New commitment made at Clinton Global Initiative for Always/Tampax over 4 years to reach 1 million African girls with feminine hygiene education and pads and provide 500 sanitary facilities
2007
P&G awarded the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership
2007
New commitment made at Clinton Global Initiative to provide 2 billion liters of safe drinking water over 5 years
2007
2X compacted liquid detergents debut in the U.S.
2007
P&G recognized by EPA for Children’s Safe Drinking Water program
2007
New commitment made to provide 40 million maternal and neonatal tetanus vaccines to UNICEF
COMPLETED
2007
Developed new Sustainability strategy, established goals for 2012, and updated Company statement of purpose
2006
New commitment made at Clinton Global Initiative to reach 1 million children in school programs and provide 135 million liters of safe drinking water over 3 years
COMPLETED
2006
P&G is National Inventor of the Year for the design and development of PūR purification sachets
2005
P&G introduces its global corporate cause – Live, Learn and Thrive
2005
Downy Single Rinse introduced, offering water savings in critical regions
2005
P&G awarded Stockholm Industry Water Prize for providing safe drinking water
2005
Tide Coldwater and Ariel Cool Clean are introduced, promoting low-temperature washing
2004
P&G creates the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, using the unique PūR purification sachets
2003
Led the development of guidelines for flushable products published by The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)
2002
Science-in-the-Box Public Web site launched
2001
FTSE4Good launched; P&G listed every year since inception
2000
P&G ranked as a Sector Leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI)


1990s

1999
P&G forms a corporate sustainability department and publishes an annual sustainability report
1999
P&G’s 500th peer-reviewed environmental publication is produced
1997
Developed the Geo-referenced Regional Exposure Assessment tool for European rivers
1997
P&G develops Japan’s first environmental exposure model for consumer products
1995
P&G pioneers use of Life Cycle Assessment to design Municipal Solid Waste Management
1993
The first P&G Annual Global Environmental Report is produced
1993
P&G commits to sustainable forestry for sourcing pulp
1992
United Nations World Environment Center Gold Medal recipient
1992
P&G moves to elemental chlorine-free pulp for all of the Company’s paper products
1991
P&G helps define new field of Life Cycle Assessment
1990
P&G articulates its Company-wide environmental quality policy

1980s

1989
P&G commits $20 million to assist the development of U.S. compost infrastructure
1987
P&G environmental stream facility begins operation
1983
Debut of Triple Concentrate Downy, one of P&G’s first products to reduce packaging and water use
1983
P&G produces its 100th peer-reviewed environmental publication
1981
P&G co-founds the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

1970s

1977
P&G Environmental safety organization formed in Europe (Brussels)
1973
Publication of the “Sturm Test,” the forerunner of the Ready Biodegradability Test
1971
The P&G Corporate Environmental Safety Department is formed
1971
P&G Safety and Regulatory is established as a separate entity from product development
1970
P&G implements its first manufacturing plant environmental audit

1960s

1969
Instream biological monitoring progam begins
1965
P&G publishes its tenth environmental safety paper to support new biodegradability test methods
1964
Switch to biodegradable anionic surfactant LAS begins
1964
The P&G Environmental Water Quality Laboratory is established

1950s

1956
The first environmental safety publication is created at P&G measuring surfactants in rivers
1952
P&G establishes the Procter & Gamble Fund for distribution of money to U.S. charities