P&G History

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A legacy of forward-thinking

For over 180 years, we’ve challenged the norm and inspired the future—from the products we put on the shelf to the people we bring on our team. Click a category to explore the events that made us who we are today.

Moments of brilliance

Serendipitous strokes of genius and passion-fueled ideas launched iconic brands and defined us as a company.

Connect + develop

OUR FUTURE

Open Call for Ideas

Our Connect + Develop program helps us partner with innovators around the world to solve problems for our consumers’ needs.

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Pampers

1961

A Grandfather Inspired by His Grandson: Pampers

While watching his first grandchild, a P&G researcher quickly realizes the mess of cloth diapers and the need to carry them until returning home. This leads him and fellow researchers to develop a better & more affordable disposable diaper. Since then, Pampers has continuously advanced—moving from pins to tapes, becoming thinner and more cloth-like, and designed for babies at every stage of development.

A corporate force for good

Our employees have been the driving force behind our support for our environment, communities, and people—a practice that has been ingrained in our culture for over a century.

Building our impact

OUR FUTURE

Building Our Impact

Each year, we actively continue to integrate Citizenship into how we do business. The more we do that, the bigger the impact we can make with the people we serve, the communities where we live and work, and the broader world that surrounds us.

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Tide Loads of Hope

2005

Tide Loads of Hope

The program is launched to help families hit by natural disaster by washing, drying, and folding laundry for them. By 2012, we cleaned more than 34,000 loads of laundry for families affected by disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the San Diego wildfires, Hurricane Ike and more. In 2017 alone, the Tide Loads of Hope program washes 3,100 loads of laundry.

Products that broke the mold

P&G history is full of never-before-seen innovations that solved problems and inspired the industry to catch up.

Inventing the Products We Need

OUR FUTURE

Inventing the Products We Need

Partnering with experts & innovators inside and outside our walls, we’re identifying what consumer needs aren’t being met, and developing tech to solve them.

Check out what we’re working on now.

The Soft Toothbrush

1949

The Soft Toothbrush

A California dentist invents Oral-B toothbrushes using soft nylon bristles, out of concern for his patients gums. As a small entrepreneur, he sells them only to his dentist friends who in turn recommend the brand to their patients. Oral-B will grow to become one of the largest global brush brands.

Tech that revolutionized the industry

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that there’s always a smarter, more efficient, simply better way of doing things. This principle has led to P&G products that have changed the way categories think.

Keeping the Gears Moving

OUR FUTURE

Keeping the Gears Moving

We’re constantly working to propel the industry into the future whether it’s with product and packaging innovations, coming up with creative ways to use data, or finding ways to reinvent our business model.

A New Way to Make Paper

1965

A New Way to Make Paper

Recognizing that people could only buy paper that was either soft or strong, Charmin creates a new way to allow for both in the same tissue, calling it CPF. With this new technology comes the famous ad campaign, “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”.

Practices that improve people's lives

Providing customers with quality products that make every day better has driven our purpose for over 180 years.

Ingredient Transparency

OUR FUTURE

Ingredient Transparency

We’re committed to continuing to be transparent about the ingredients we use (and don’t use) so that you can be confident when you add P&G products to your cart.

See our fragrance ingredients list here.

First R&D Lab

1890

First R&D Lab

R&D quickly becomes a critical function at P&G and our first lab is added to the Ivorydale facility. By the 1920s, R&D is an integrated division of our company, employing a staff of several hundred young men and women. The Research Department develops ways to improve products, then passes their findings on to be translated into new manufacturing processes.

A company that puts people first

What allows us to be one of the largest consumer goods company in the world is filling our buildings with passionate, inspired, motivated people who believe in doing better than good, every day.

Diversity in Everything We Do

OUR FUTURE

Diversity in Everything We Do

We believe in diversity & inclusion. That’s why we support it however we can—from creating flexible work schedules for our employees to building inclusive playgrounds for children with and without disabilities.

Learn more about our efforts.

Diversity Programming

1962

Diversity Programming

Two years before the U.S. government mandates it, we initiate a diversity program for all employees—providing training and support to grow leaders regardless of sex, race, or religious orientation.

Sustainable steps to a brighter future

A snapshot of all our sustainability achievements and efforts.

Ambition 2030

OUR FUTURE

Ambition 2030

During Earth Week in 2018, we released new sustainability goals for 2030 with one purpose in mind: to make a positive impact on our environment while creating value for our consumers. Learn more about our plan to address finite resources and growing consumption.

Environmentally-Responsible Flushables

2003

Environmentally-Responsible Flushables

We lead the development of guidelines for flushable products published by The Water Environment Research Foundation.