A History of Sustainability

Sustainability has been a focus at P&G for more than 60 years. The timeline below highlights some of the most notable sustainability milestones in our history.

Areas of Recognition

2010s

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
    • P&G pioneered use of Life Cycle Assessment to design Municipal Solid Waste Management.
    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.