Procter & Gamble
Household and personal care product manufacturer
The world's #1 maker of household products. P&G bought Clairol in 2001, Wella in 2003, Gillette in 2005, and sold its coffee brands in 2008. In 2014 the company announced it would sell or drop more than half of its brands.
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In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of A-.
Source: CDP (2019)
In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security Score of B.
Source: CDP (2019)
This company is listed as having best practice on a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America.
Source: Human Rights Campaign (2019)
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 60/100 in the Household Products category of the 2019 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices. The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
Source: S&P Global (2019)
A 2019 report by two major environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Stand.earth, rated companies on their efforts to source sustainable materials for their tissue products. This company received a rating of 'F'.
Source: NRDC (2019)
In 2018 volunteers collected and catalogued more than 187,000 pieces of trash from beach cleanups around the world to find out which corporations are contributing the most to the global plastic pollution problem. This company ranked as one of the world's top 10 plastic polluters.
Source: #breakfreefromplastic (2018)
This company sources palm oil from at least 20 of the 25 dirty palm oil producers identified in the 2018 Greenpeace report "The Final Countdown". In addition to deforestation, the 25 individual cases in the report include evidence of exploitation and social conflicts, illegal deforestation, development without permits, plantation development in areas zoned for protection and forest fires linked to land clearance.
Source: Greenpeace (2018)
Record of testing products on animals. Listed on PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals, USA) 'Companies that test on animals' factsheet.
Source: PETA (2020)
This company received a score of 33.1/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
Source: Newsweek (2017)
This company received a score of 22/100 (retrieved 25-Feb-2020) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
Source: IPE (2020)
A 2016 report by Amnesty International found a range of labour rights abuses on the palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar's subsidiaries and suppliers in Indonesia. These abuses include worst forms of child labour, forced labour, discrimination against women workers, people being paid below the minimum wage, and workers suffering injuries from toxic chemicals. The report confirms that this company purchases palm oil from Wilmar.
Source: Amnesty (2016)
This company scores Ethical Consumer's worst rating for their use of palm oil, signifying they are using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments.
Source: Ethical Consumer (2019)
A civil society coalition is calling on investors and buyers (including this company) of palm oil producer Felda Global Ventures (FGV) to take robust, transparent action to address ongoing risks. This follows the Wall Street Journal's expose of human trafficking, forced labor, withholding of wages and other abuses of workers on FGV's palm plantations in July 2015.
Source: Rainforest Action Network (2016)
CDP's 2019 Consumer Deforestation Report 'No wood for the trees' analyses action against deforestation by 22 consumer goods companies by scale and commodity use. Procter & Gamble ranked 14th of the 22 companies.
Source: CDP (2019)
As You Sow's 2019 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 215 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was 42.5% (Minimal).
Source: As You Sow (2019)
In Dec 2014 this company and 12 other consumer goods firms were fined a total of 951m euros by the French competition watchdog for price fixing in supermarkets. The regulator said the companies colluded on price increases between 2003 and 2006.
Source: news article (2014)
This company has products rated RED in the Centre for Food Safety's True Food Shopper's Guide (USA). Products on the RED list contain ingredients that come from the most common GE crops (corn, soy, canola, cotton). Companies with products on this list have confirmed that their products may have or are likely to be made with GE ingredients, or have not denied using GE foods when given the opportunity to do so.
Source: Center for Food Safety (USA) (2013)
Testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth Australia found nanoparticles in foundations and concealers sold by Procter & Gamble.
Source: FOE (2009)
This company is the target of a campaign by Women's Voices for the Earth, who say that Proctor & Gamble use harmful chemicals in their Tampax and Always feminine care products.
Source: Women's Voices for the Earth (2014)
EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning provides safety ratings for household cleaning products, with over 2,500 products rated from A (lowest concern) to F (highest concern). This company's score range is B to F, with over 90% of products scoring a D or F.
Source: Environmental Working Group (2020)
As You Sow's 2019 report, 'The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs', reveals the 100 most overpaid CEOs from USA's 500 largest public companies (as determined by the S&P 500 list). This company's CEO, David S. Taylor came in at number 74 on the list, having been paid US$17,354,256 in 2018. According to the report, "Most CEOs have come to be grossly overpaid, and that overpayment is harmful to the companies, the shareholders, the customers, the other employees, the economy, and society as a whole."
Source: As You Sow (2019)
Consumer goods giants Unilever and Procter & Gamble were fined 315.2 million euros ($A436 million) by EU regulators in Apr 2011 for fixing washing powder prices in eight EU countries. [Listed under Information due to age of court finding]
Source: news article (2011)
This company is a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste which aims to eliminate plastic waste in the environment.
Source: Alliance to End Plastic Waste (2019)
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target; commit to 100% renewable power; remove commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020;
Source: We Mean Business (2017)
This company is listed on the EPA Green Power Partnership website (USA), as using renewable energy for 27% of its electricity use for its USA operations.
Source: EPA (2020)
This company appears on the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, signifying a commitment to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
Source: Bloomberg (2020)
The Environmental Working Group commended this company in 2016 for taking a significant step today toward greater transparency about its ingredients by making public a list of more than 140 chemicals it does not use in any fragrances in its brands. The company disclosed its full fragrance palette in 2012.
Source: Environmental Working Group (2016)
This company was recognised as a leading organisation in the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. Participants are scored on three areas: Best practices in recruitment, retention and advancement of people from under-represented groups - women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people; creating an inclusive culture through leadership, accountability, communications and employee engagement; and transparency in willingness to share workforce demographic data.
Source: Working Mother (2018)
This company was named in the Top 10 of Working Mother's 100 Best Companies 2018 for being a mum-friendly employer. Listed companies help working parents succeed at home and at work by providing expanded parental leaves, more flexibility with work hours, assistance for special needs, and opportunities for career development.
Source: Working Mother (2018)
This company is a participant in WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN), which seeks to mainstream the principles of responsible forest management and sustainable trade throughout the global forest products industry, by providing technical assistance and fostering linkages between committed companies. Independent forest certification is a key tool in this process.
Source: WWF (2019)
This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
Source: How2Recycle (2020)
This company is a Gold Member of the Sustainable Brands Network, the leading peer to peer, learning and networking group designed to support brands in meeting their sustainability goals and ultimately become those leaders of the next sustainable economy.
Source: Sustainable Brands (2018)
This company is a member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, a multi-stakeholder platform run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The CE100 is the world's leading circular economy network, and facilitates market making by providing collaborative and pre-competitive opportunities which bring together business, innovators, cities and governments, universities, and thought leaders.
Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019)
This company is a participant of Make Fashion Circular, a multi-stakeholder platform run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which drives collaboration between industry leaders and other key stakeholders to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century. Its ambition is to ensure clothes are made from safe and renewable materials, new business models increase their use, and old clothes are turned into new. This new textiles economy would benefit business, society, and the environment.
Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019)
This company is a member of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for environment across supply chains. It provides an open forum for cross-sectoral collaboration to share information and experiences about the challenges to and opportunities for safer chemicals and products.
Source: GC3 (2019)
This company is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
Source: Sedex (2018)
This company is a member of The Sustainability Consortium, an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. They develop transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives.
Source: Sustainability Consortium (2019)
In 2016 Greenpeace published a report on the progress towards zero deforestation in the palm oil supply chains of several multinational companies. Companies were assessed on three criteria: responsible sourcing, transparency and industry reform. This company was rated as 'getting there'.
Source: Greenpeace (2016)
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soy, beef, leather, timber and paper). This company received a score of 55%.
Source: Forest 500 (2019)
The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2019 assesses 173 companies on the commitments they have made, and the actions they have taken, to ensure that there is no destruction of nature including no deforestation along their supply chains; and support a responsible and sustainable palm oil industry beyond their own supply chain. This company is rated 'middle of the pack' with a score of 14.3 out of a possible total of 22.
Source: WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2019 (2019)
In 2016 Greenpeace East Asia ranked the world's 30 biggest personal care companies on their commitment to eliminating microbeads from their personal care products. The scorecard was based on four main criteria: commitment & transparency, definition, deadline and global application. This company was ranked as 'getting there'. Microbeads are not retained by wastewater treatment and end up in the ocean where they are a threat to the marine environment.
Source: Greenpeace (2016)
As You Sow's 2020 report, Waste and Opportunity, ranks companies on plastic packaging pollution. The study measures the progress of 50 large companies in the beverage, quick-service restaurant, consumer packaged goods, and retail sectors on six core pillars where swift action is needed to reduce plastic pollution: 1) Packaging Design, 2) Reusable Packaging, 3) Recycled Content, 4) Packaging Data Transparency, 5) Support for Recycling, and 6) Producer Responsibility. This company received a grade of C
Source: As You Sow (2020)
This company uses microbeads in some of its personal care products, but have indicated it will replace them in a given timeframe or adapt the products accordingly. These particles are not retained by wastewater treatment so end up in the ocean. While microplastics aren't thought to be a health hazard to consumers, they are a threat to the marine environment.
Source: Beat the Microbead (2014)
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
Source: Modern Slavery Registry (2014)
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
Source: Open Secrets (2014)
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$83 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||121,000 in 2013|
- Gillette Australia Pty Ltd
Procter & Gamble Australia Pty Ltd
|Address||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA|
Products / BrandsProcter & Gamble Australia
Ambi-Pur Air Fresheners
Baby Balsam Baby Toiletries
Braun Mens Grooming
Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
Fairy Dishwashing Detergent
Febreze Ironing Needs
Gillette Mens Grooming
Hair Recipe Shampoo
Head & Shoulders Shampoo
Herbal Essences Shampoo
Herbal Essences Hair Styling
Olay Skin Care
Olay Men Mens Grooming
Old Spice Deodorant
Old Spice Mens Grooming
Oral B Dental Floss
Oral B Toothbrush
Oral B Toothpaste
Oral B Mouthwash
Pampers Baby Wipes
Pantene Hair Styling
SK-II Skin Care
Tampax Feminine Hygiene
Vicks Cold & Flu
Vicks Baby Toiletries
Whisper Feminine Hygiene
Procter & Gamble selling beauty brands to Coty
8th Oct 2015 — Procter & Gamble is selling much of its struggling beauty business, including the Clairol and Covergirl brands, to Coty as part of its latest streamlining effort.
Procter & Gamble is selling a big chunk of its struggling beauty business to Coty for $12.5 billion in a complex transaction that will allow the world`s largest consumer products maker to focus more on its best-selling brands like Tide and Gillette, while dramatically expanding Coty`s portfolio in non-fragrance products.
The sale is the single-largest divestiture ever by P&G, which last year said it would sell off about 100 brands to focus on 70 to 80 brands, products that were responsible for about 90% of the company`s recent sales and 95% of its profit. In November, P&G announced it was selling its Duracell battery brand to Warren Buffett`s Berkshire Hathaway, a few months after it sold its Iams pet foods to Mars. There have also been other smaller transactions.
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Proctor and Gamble palm oil protest
5th Mar 2014 — 'Nine protesters arrested after hanging multi-story banners from P&G towers in Cincinnati' (USA, 5/3/14). Proctor and Gamble is one of the world's largest consumers of palm oil. Greenpeace's year-long investigation shows P&G is sourcing palm oil from companies connected to widespread forest devastation. [source]
Procter & Gamble buys Gillette for US$57 billion
1st Jan 2005 — Deal creates world's largest consumer-products company