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A History of Sustainability

Acting responsibly is something that is embedded in our culture and we have been bringing sustainability innovations to the industry for decades. The timeline below highlights some of the most notable sustainability milestones in our history.

Areas of Recognition

2010s

2016
  • P&G introduces Tide purclean™—the first bio-based detergent (65% bio-based) with the cleaning power of Tide.
  • With the help of our more than 150 partners, P&G delivered P&G's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program's 10 billionth liter of clean drinking water through our Children's Safe Drinking Water Program.

  • P&G achieves its energy goal four years ahead of schedule. 

2015
  • P&G signs an agreement with Constellation to build a biomass plant that will supply all the energy needed to produce NA paper products including Bounty and Charmin.
  • P&G partners with EDF RE to build a windfarm in TX that will create the electricity needed to produce US and Canada Family Care products including Tide, Downy and Febreze.
  • P&G announces its plan to deliver 15 billion liters of clean drinking water by 2020.
  • P&G brand programs make a commitment to help empower 50 million women and girls.
2014
  • P&G adds four new goals with emphasis on water conservation and product packaging.
2013
  • The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a winner of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patents for Humanity program award.
  • The Company announced during Earth Week, that 45 P&G sites around the world had achieved zero-manufacturing-waste-to-landfill status.
  • Our Gillette Venus packaging was redesigned for Venus & Olay to be recyclable and is manufactured using 26% less plastic.


2012
  • P&G became a founding member of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative to accelerate use of plant-based PET materials.
2011
  • The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program provided its 4 billionth liter of clean drinking water since the program’s start in 2006.
  • Compacted entire portfolio of U.S. and Canadian carton powder laundry detergents by 33 percent.
  • Expanded use of renewable energy by installing wind turbine at pet care plant in Coevorden, Netherlands.
2010
  • P&G implemented Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard to reduce environmental footprint across the supply chain.

2000s

2009
  • New commitment made to provide a total of 4 billion liters of safe drinking water in order to help prevent 160 million days of diarrheal illness and save 20,000 lives.
  • Won Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Sefose molecule.
  • P&G named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
2008
  • EPA awarded P&G’s Cincinnati corporate headquarters with the Energy Star Certification.
  • P&G received the European Business Award honoring commitment to corporate sustainability.

    2007

    • P&G awarded the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership.
    • P&G recognized by EPA for Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
    • New commitment made to provide 40 million maternal and neonatal tetanus vaccines to UNICEF. COMPLETED
    2006
    • New commitment made at Clinton Global Initiative to reach one million children in school programs and provide 135 million liters of safe drinking water over three years. COMPLETED
    • P&G was National Inventor of the Year for the design and development of PūR purification sachets.
    2005
    • Downy Single Rinse introduced, offering water savings in critical regions.
    • P&G awarded Stockholm Industry Water Prize for providing safe drinking water.
    2004
    • P&G created the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, using the unique PūR purification sachets.
    2003
    • Led the development of guidelines for flushable products published by The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF).
    2001
    • FTSE4Good launched; P&G listed every year since inception.
    2000
    • P&G ranked as a Sector Leader in Dow.

    1990s

    1999
    • P&G formed a corporate sustainability department and was one of the first companies to publish an annual sustainability report.
    1997
    • Developed the Geo-referenced Regional Exposure Assessment tool for European rivers.
    • P&G developed Japan’s first environmental exposure model for consumer products.
    1995
    1993
    • The first P&G Annual Global Environmental Report was produced.
    1992
    • Received the United Nations World Environment Center Gold Medal.
    • P&G moved to elemental chlorine-free pulp for all of the Company’s paper products.
    1990
    • P&G articulated its Company-wide environmental quality policy.

    1980s

    1989
    • P&G committed $20 million to assist the development of U.S. compost infrastructure.
    1987
    • P&G environmental stream facility began operation.
    1983
    • Debut of Triple Concentrate Downy, one of P&G’s first products to reduce packaging and water use.
    1981
    • P&G co-founded the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

    1970s

    1977
    • P&G Environmental safety organization formed in Brussels.
    1973
    • Publication of the “Sturm Test,” the forerunner of the Ready Biodegradability Test.
    1971
    • The P&G Corporate Environmental Safety Department was formed.
    • P&G Safety and Regulatory was established as a separate entity from product development.

    1970

    • P&G implemented its first manufacturing plant environmental audit.

    1960s

    1969
    • Instream biological monitoring program began.
    1965
    • P&G published its 10th environmental safety paper to support new biodegradability test methods.
    1964
    • Switch to biodegradable anionic surfactant LAS began.
    • The P&G Environmental Water Quality Laboratory was established.

    1950s

    1956
    • The first environmental safety publication was created at P&G measuring surfactants in rivers.
    1952
    • P&G established the Procter & Gamble Fund for distribution of money to U.S. charities.