A big vision and reality-based strategies – our progress so far

Dr Peter White, Global Sustainability Director, P&G

At P&G, we’re committed to delivering products and services that make everyday life better for people around the world. Our opportunity to touch and improve lives comes with a responsibility to do so in a way that preserves the planet and improves the communities in which we live and work. We’re continuing to make progress in our focus areas of products, operations and social responsibility, delivered by our employees, our stakeholder networks and our consumers.

Last year, we announced a new long-term environmental sustainability vision to guide our efforts. This vision is both challenging and far-reaching: 100% renewable energy to power all our plants, 100% renewable or recycled materials for our products and packages, zero consumer waste and manufacturing waste related to our products going into landfills.

We don’t yet have all the answers necessary to achieve this vision, but we are committed to making disciplined, step-by-step progress through a series of ten-year goals. We’re confident that with P&G’s size and scale, and with our capabilities and partnerships, we can make the difference in the world to which we’re committed.

To ensure line of sight between our business and our sustainability goals our Chairman, President and CEO, Bob McDonald is also our Executive Sponsor of Sustainability. We also created the P&G Sustainability Board, which includes executive officers from Product Supply, Research & Development, Marketing and External Relations. Each of these leaders is responsible for the systemic integration of our sustainability strategy across their functions.

We see this integration most clearly in P&G innovation. The best way to solve sustainability challenges is to innovate, which is at the heart of our Company’s business model. We are creating new materials, new technologies, and new ideas that consumers will embrace. We want to provide consumers with the quality and value they deserve without having to make trade-offs to be more sustainable. Innovation is how we do this, with solutions that require fewer materials, use less energy and water, and produce less waste.

We’re also harnessing the need to increase as an accelerator for sustainability progress. Sustainability often enables productivity. For example, we operate more effectively and efficiently by increasing the eco-efficiency of our plants — reducing water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. We are also advancing research in renewable materials to develop alternatives to petroleum, which is the most important thing we can do to reach our long-term vision of making 100% of our products and packaging with renewable or recycled materials.

Touching and improving lives also means we’re responsible for helping the communities in which we operate to prosper. We do this through disaster relief and through programmes that help children and families in need around the world to live, learn and thrive. All these programmes allow us to help those who need it most, wherever they are in the world.

In 2007, P&G established a series of five-year sustainability goals. In this year’s annual report, we have presented the progress made over the past year and our cumulative progress since this programme began. We are pleased to report that we have already achieved several of our five-year goals and continue to make important progress against the others.

For our products goal, we have delivered $40 billion in sustainable innovation products, and we are well on our way to exceed our 2012 goal of $50 billion in cumulative sales.

In our operations, we have achieved a reduction per unit of production of 16% in energy, 57% in waste, 12% in CO2, and 22% water usage. Our 2012 goal is a 20% reduction in each of these areas, so we have already achieved this goal for our water and waste reductions and continue to work toward achieving it for our CO2 and energy reductions.

On our social investments, we have already surpassed our goal of enabling 300 million children to live, learn and thrive, reaching a total of 315 million by June 2011. We have delivered 2.9 billion litres of clean drinking water and are well on our way to reach our goal of 4 billion litres. Key to this progress has been the expansion of our P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme, which provides clean drinking water through use of our PUR technology, into four new countries. We are now delivering PUR packets in 65 countries, with the help of 119 partners.

Our long-term vision may take decades to achieve but we hold ourselves accountable to making progress toward these targets on a daily basis and our achievements this past year speak to those efforts. Since 2002, we’ve more than halved our environmental impact across our four main impact points: energy usage, CO2 emissions, waste disposal and water usage. We have a bold vision for the future and reality-based strategies to get us there. We’re measuring as we go, tracking progress and learning how to do better all the time. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re making great progress.

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Dr Peter White
Global Sustainability Director, P&G

Our vision

  • Using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging
  • Powering our plants with 100% renewable energy
  • Having zero consumer or manufacturing waste go to landfills

Our 2012 goals

  • Develop and market at least $50bn in cumulative sales of sustainable innovation products
  • Deliver an additional 20% reduction per unit of production in energy consumption, CO2 emissions, disposed waster and water consumption from P&G facilities
  • Enable 300 million children to Live, Learn and Thrive
  • Prevent 160 million days of disease from unclean water and save 20,000 lives by delivering 4 billion litres of clean drinking water through our P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme

Our progress

  • More than halved energy and water usage, CO2 emissions and waste disposal in the past decade
  • Since 2007, reduced energy usage 16%, CO2 emissions 12%, waste disposal 57% and water usage 22%
  • In the past 5 years, reached more than 315 million children through Live, Learn & Thrive
  • Provided 2.9 billion litres of clean drinking water, preventing more than 115 million days of disease and saving more than 14,000 lives

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