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Sustainability Journey in India

Sustainability is integrated into our company’s purpose of touching and improving the lives of consumers now and for generations to come. We define sustainability broadly at P&G to include both environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Learn more about P&G’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programs in India, such as Shiksha'

Learn more about P&G’s Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in India

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P&G’s purpose, to touch and improve the lives of consumers, now and for generations to come, is a simple yet powerful thought that guides us in everything we do - be it delivering superior brand propositions that have helped us become one of the fastest growing consumer goods companies in India today, or be it our sustainability efforts that are developing communities and helping preserve the environment.

Inspired by this purpose, we have embarked upon a long-term journey of sustainable growth in India, with our stakeholders and employees enabling us along the way.

Jan

More than half of India's children between ages 6 and 14 are deprived of their right to go to school

P&G’s signature Social Responsibility Program ‘Shiksha’ (education) has till date helped 280,000 underprivileged children access their right to education. Shiksha has built & supported over 140 schools across India, in partnership with NGOs like Round Table India (RTI)

6 year-old Harshad, a student of the RTI Shiksha Sadhana School in Pune, can’t stop smiling.

He now has a beautiful school within his village and doesn’t have to walk for hours to learn English

Feb

“Climate change is no longer a doomsday prophecy, it's a reality” - Astrid Heiberg, Red Cross United Nations Environment Programme

We keep environmental sustainability at the heart of operational excellence, and are constantly making efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Leading the way is our plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, which produces brands like Pantene and Ariel, having achieved 40% reduction in carbon footprint over the last 3 years

A P&G Employee’s creation that highlights the need to protect our planet from climate change

march

Adolescent girls in India are missing up to 50 days of schooling in a year due to inadequate menstrual protection

P&G’s ‘Parivartan’ (transformation) program reaches over 2.5 million girls each year with timely menstrual education & protection, that helps keep them in school

P&G’s ‘Parivartan’ Program and Whisper are helping girls embrace womanhood positively by adopting the right feminine hygiene practices, without having to abandon education

April

India has braved several natural disasters in the recent past, such as the Tsunami in South India, floods in Bihar or earthquakes in J&K and Gujarat

P&G has stepped forward in each of these calamities and helped communities get back on their feet. Most recently we helped rebuild the Army School in Ladakh, located in one of the most challenging Himalayan Terrains, which was wrecked by the Flash Floods in 2010

Shiksha came to the aid of the Ladakh Scouts Children’s School, by supporting the education of children orphaned by the tragedy and helping reinstate essential infrastructure

May

“ To halt the decline of an ecosystem, it is necessary to think like an ecosystem ” – Douglas P. Wheeler, Renowned Environmental Lawyer

P&G’s Head Office in Mumbai has reduced its annual energy consumption by over 27% over the last 9 years, saving over 1700 gigajoules of energy. This has been possible with conscious behavior change from the employees and technological innovations at the facility

A decades-old Banyan Tree preserved in the P&G Head-Office Premises in Mumbai

June

“When the well's dry, we know the worth of water" - Benjamin Franklin, Scientist

We realize that natural resources are priceless, and are committed to using less, as we grow more. For instance, the P&G plant in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan saved 13.3 million liters of water last year, enough to fill more than 5 Olympic sized pools

Photograph by P&G Employee depicting the worth of every drop of water

July

Disabled children are five times more likely to be out of school than average, highlighting the need for educational facilities that cater to their special needs

In partnership with Army Wives’ Welfare Association (AWWA) & Navy Wives’ Welfare Association (NWWA), P&G’s Shiksha supports several such schools across India that are helping these children realize their full potential

A teacher at the Shiksha Sankalp School for Special Children run by NWWA, gently encourages her students to overcome their shyness and begin their activity class

August

53% of our country’s landscape does not have a primary school today

When P&G’s plant in Mandideep, Madhya Pradesh adopted a neighboring village school in 2000, it had only two classrooms and a dwindling number of girl students. Today, the school is equipped with 15 new classrooms, 27 teachers and a strength of over 1000 students comprising of a majority of girls

15 year-old Jyoti, a student of Shiksha Shashkiya School in Mandideep, can now dream of going to college someday. She finally has a secondary school close to her home

Sep

“You can take away our physical assets – our factories, our equipment, our products – but just leave behind our people, and we will be able to rebuild this company in a decade” – Richard Dupree, former P&G Chairman

P&G’s purpose is brought to life through initiatives like ‘Brick-by-Brick’, where employees constructed a wall & furniture for a Shiksha School

Employees rolled-up their sleeves to build the much needed boundary wall at the RTI Shiksha Sadhana School near Pune, that helps children study in a safe environment

Oct

"I only feel angry when I see waste, when I see people throwing away things we could use" - Mother Teresa

P&G’s commitment towards waste management is best demonstrated by our plant in Goa, which produces one of our leading brands Whisper. Over the past 2 years, the plant has recycled and reused over 4000 tons of scrap, which equates to the daily paper & plastic waste generated by 12 times the population of a major Indian metro

Photograph by a P&G Employee telling us that recycling can be achieved in simple & creative ways

Nov

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community” – African proverb

P&G, in partnership with NGO Save the Children, supports Residential Government Schools that empower girls in rural areas to overcome barriers towards quality education

Kusum is finally set to complete her education because of a P&G Shiksha supported school that understood her needs, leaving her with no reasons to drop out

Dec

“Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence” - Thomas H. Allen, American Democratic Leader

Energy conservation is a priority for every P&G facility across India, with our Gillette plant in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan setting new standards. The plant saved nearly 500 gigajoules of energy over 2009 - 2011, that would be enough to serve daily energy needs of more than 12,000 people in India

Landscaping outside the P&G Plant in Bhiwadi, that reuses process water for plantation