P&G Has Released Its 2011 Sustainability Report

The Procter & Gamble Company has released its 2011 Sustainability Report. Titled ‘Commitment to Everyday Life’, the report demonstrates P&G’s achievements over the last year from decreasing the environmental footprint of products to delivering sustainable product innovations to the market.  The report is available online.

Photo: a snapshot from the P&G’s web site

The environmental and social sustainability highlights also include P&G’s 2012 Goals. The company is intended to exceed all of the five-year sustainability goals it established in 2007, with several targets already realized.

P&G reports it has compressed its entire portfolio of the US and Canadian powder laundry detergents by 33 %, offering consumers the ability to have the same great performance while using smaller doses. It results in less packaging, less waste and fewer delivery trucks on the road.

In addition, P&G expanded the use of plant-based plastic in its packaging. The innovative material made from sugarcane debuted in the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection last April in Western Europe, and is expanding to North America this fall.

Committed to the sustainable design of all P&G operations, the company announced its intent to LEED certify all new construction of manufacturing plants, distribution centers, and office buildings in Taicang, China and the Singapore Innovation Center.

In July and August of 2011, P&G started providing clean water to people in Pakistan affected by flooding. P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) program has delivered 2.9 billion liters of clean drinking water since 2007, saving more than 14 thousand lives.

The company’s vision includes such elements as 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging; zero consumer and manufacturing waste to landfills; no fossil-based CO2 or toxic emissions; and all plants powered with 100% renewable energy.

P&G also has a new set of 10-year goals, to be reached by 2020. These include: replacing 25% of petroleum-based materials with sustainably sourced renewable materials in products; reducing consumer use packaging by 20%; providing 30% of the power to plants from renewable energy; and reducing manufacturing waste to less than 5% of total waste to landfill.