Sustainability is about ensuring a better quality of life, now and for generations to come.

P&G does this through the products and services we offer, making these products in an environmentally responsible manner, and through our social responsibility programs that improve lives for those in need around the world.

We define sustainability broadly at P&G to include both environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Environmental Sustainability

As part of our strategy to grow responsibly, we will work toward a long-term environmental sustainability vision that includes:

  • Powering our plants with 100% renewable energy
  • Using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging
  • Having zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfills
  • Designing products that delight consumers while maximizing our conservation of resources

This vision is stretching, and we believe it will take us decades to achieve. We have set strategies in Products and Operations that help us deliver against our vision. To ensure we are holding ourselves accountable, we have two sets of goals, for 2012 and 2020, within Products and Operations.

Learn more about our approach to environmental sustainability

Social Responsibility

Live, Learn and Thrive is P&G’s corporate cause, focusing on helping children in need around the world. The programmes enable children to get off to a healthy start, receive access to education and build skills for life. Since 2007, P&G has improved the lives of over 315 million children.

Learn more about our approach to social responsibility
Learn about our commitment to our communities in the UK and Ireland

Employees & Stakeholders

In order to deliver our environmental and social programmes, we must engage our employees and stakeholders. Our objective is to equip all P&G employees to build sustainability thinking and practices into their everyday work. We also work transparently with stakeholders to enable us continued freedom to innovate in a responsible way.

Learn more about our employee engagement efforts
Learn more about our Points of View on key stakeholder topics


To show continued commitment and meaningful progress towards our long-term environmental vision and our social responsibility programs, we recently added specific ten-year goals that we will achieve by 2020. These goals are incremental to the current goals that cover the time period of 2007-2012. We will continue to report progress against all goals annually.

2020 Sustainability Goals

Replace Petroleum-Based Materials with Sustainably Sourced Renewable Materials 25%*
Cold Water Washing 70% of total washing machine loads
Packaging Reduction 20% (per consumer use)*
Consumer Solid Waste Pilot studies in both developed and developing markets to understand how to eliminate landfilled/dumped consumer solid waste
*vs. 2010 baseline

Renewable Energy Powering our Plants 30%
Manufacturing Waste < 0.5% (disposed)
Truck Transportation Reduction 20% (km/unit of volume)*
*vs. 2010 baseline

Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program Save a life every hour*
*To reach the “Save a Life Every Hour” goal, the delivery of more than 2 billion liters of clean drinking water in developing countries every year will help save an estimated 10,000 lives and prevent 80MM days of diarrheal illness on an annual basis.

P&G Report Card: 2012 Sustainability Goals

These goals, originally set in 2007, were increased in March 2009. The goal for P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) program was again increased in September 2009.

GOAL Develop and market at least $50 billion in cumulative sales of “sustainable innovation products,” which are products that have an improved environmental profile.(1)
(in billions of U.S. dollars)
Cumulative Sales since July 2007
Cumulative sales of sustainable innovation products $26.5

GOAL Deliver an additional 20% reduction (per unit production) in CO2 emissions, energy consumption, water consumption and disposed waste from P&G plants, leading to a total reduction over the decade of at least 50%.
(percent reduction per unit production)
Since July 2007 Since July 2002
Energy Usage -14% -50%
CO2 Emissions -11% -53%
Waste Disposal -50% -55%
Water Usage -16% -55%

GOAL Enable 300 million children to Live, Learn and Thrive.(2) Prevent 160 million days of disease and save 20,000 lives by delivering 4 billion liters of clean water in our P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program.(3)
PROGRESS Since July 2007
Number of Children Reached 210 million
Liters of Clean Water Delivered 1.5 billion
Days of Disease Prevented 60 million
Lives Saved 7,450
(1) Sustainable Innovation Products are included if they have launched in market since July 1, 2007, and have a >10% reduction in one or more of the following indicators without negatively impacting the overall sustainability profile of the product: A. Energy, B. Water, C. Transportation, D. Amount of material used in packaging or products, E. Substitution of nonrenewable energy or materials with renewable sources.
(2) Live, Learn and Thrive (LLT) is P&G’s global cause that focuses our social investments on efforts that improve the lives of children in need ages 0 – 13.
(3) Within Live, Learn and Thrive, our signature program is Children’s Safe Drinking Water. Methodology for calculating diarrheal days and mortality was developed with Population Services International and Aquaya Institute. Details are provided in the 2010 Sustainability Report found at www.pg.com/sustainability/reports.shtml