Commitment to social responsibility – P&G at the Clinton Global Initiative forum

Dr Greg Allgood, Children's Safe Drinking Water Programme Director, P&G Global

For the sixth consecutive year, P&G leaders attended the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) forum to announce new social and environmental sustainability goals. CGI, which was held from 21st – 23rd September in New York, is an annual gathering of global leaders who make commitments and share ideas aimed at solving some of the world’s most pressing and complex problems.

During the event, our Chairman, President and CEO, Bob McDonald, shared three aggressive commitments that flow from P&G’s Purpose-Inspired Growth Strategy of touching and improving more lives, in more parts of the world, more completely:

  • Pampers: P&G's Pampers and UNICEF are partnering in a new commitment to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2015 through the 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign;
  • Tide Coldwater: P&G's Tide Coldwater is working with the Alliance to Save Energy through Future Friendly to educate 100 million people over two years on the importance of cold water washing in order to save energy and therefore reduce CO2 emissions;
  • P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Programme: Inspired by the CGI Action Network on the Horn of Africa Crisis, the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Programme and our partners will provide more than 300 million litres of clean drinking water to 2 million people affected by the famine in East Africa, preventing 10 million days of illness.

At a special event held during the forum, Bob McDonald reiterated P&G's ongoing commitment to create connections that improve lives. "We seek out opportunities to leverage our core strengths - innovation, consumer understanding, brand building, go-to-market capability and scale - to address the important environmental and social issues our world faces today. We reach outside P&G and use these strengths to create connections that allow us to collaborate for a common good."

We also took time at CGI to recognise the accomplishments of some of our key partners in global sustainability efforts, giving the following awards:

P&G Distinguished Sustainability Partner Awards

  • The Carrefour Group: For supporting Pampers-UNICEF 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign in over 20 countries worldwide and helping to protect to date 6 million mums and their babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus
  • UNICEF Uganda: For being a strategic partner to Government of Uganda in eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus in the country with support from the Pampers 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign

P&G Sustainability Partner Awards

  • Target: For providing more than 1 million days of clean drinking water through partnership on the June 2011 P&G brandSAVER
  • National Geographic: For partnering with P&G Future Friendly to create consumer education programmes that promote household and lifestyle conservation habits
  • USAID: For providing clean drinking water to more than 2 million flood victims in Pakistan and to 1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

"We rely on thousands of partners who share our purpose and values to help us fulfill our sustainability commitments," said Dimitri Panayotopolous, P&G’s Vice Chair of Global Business Units. "The Clinton Global Initiative gives us the opportunity to strengthen these partnerships and make new commitments that improve lives."

We also highlighted the amazing work that P&G people have done in the past year to respond to natural disasters. Over the past year, natural disasters had a devastating impact on people in many parts of the world. With compassion and careful planning, we have worked with relief partners to provide P&G products and services that help people feel more like themselves — and help a temporary shelter feel more like home. Through these services that are directly connected to our brands, and through donations of products and cash, we’ve been able to help people in Japan, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Haiti, and the U.S. rebuild their lives in the past year alone.

We believe that profit responsibility and social responsibility must go hand-in-hand. That’s why touching and improving lives is at the heart of our business model, and it’s what motivates us to make a difference in communities around the world. Through our global Live, Learn and Thrive Social Responsibility programmes, we’re demonstrating that doing well and doing good can flow from the same purpose.

You can find out more about our CGI commitments and latest news through Twitter, our website or via the P&G corporate press office.

Dr Greg Allgood
Children's Safe Drinking Water Programme Director, P&G Global

Our commitment

“As P&G invests in a growing and vibrant business in sub-Saharan Africa, we have a responsibility to help improve the quality of life where we can. There is great need right now in the Horn of Africa, and we are here at CGI to commit to provide clean drinking water to 2 million people impacted by the famine.”

Bob McDonald, Chairman, President and CEO, P&G

Our people

“As an ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), I’ve seen first-hand the power of the P&G and PSI partnership to provide clean drinking water where it’s needed most and truly save lives. The commitment P&G is making tonight is incredibly important. I’m proud to be a part of this work.”

Mandy Moore, actress, singer/songwriter and PSI ambassador

Our partners

“At the Clinton Global Initiative, we have a wide variety of members from business, government, and the nonprofit world who are working together to address this critical issue. P&G is doing more than almost any other corporation to save kids' lives by providing clean drinking water.”

President Clinton

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