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Ian Cook. Chairman, President and CEO

Read the letter from Ian Cook. Chairman, President and CEO.

Respecting the World Around Us: Living Our Values for Sustainability

As a Company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, we are committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us.

Our long-term sustainability strategy is focused on three areas: People, Performance and Planet.

  • Respect for People
  • Company Performance
  • Respect for Our Planet

Colgate people, consumers, communities, business partners, shareholders and other stakeholders are vital to Colgate's success and future growth. Read more about Respect for People.

500 Million children reached in 80 countries by Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Oral Health Education Program since 1994.

95% improvement rate in total recordable accident rate from 1990 to 2009.

1990Ribbon Colgate South Africa established what has become the model for Colgate's HIV/AIDS intiatives.

At Colgate, we are committed to continuing to meet or exceed financial expectations of our stakeholders. Read more about Company Performance.

No. 5 Colgate's rank in the BusinessWeek 2009 50 Best Performing Companies.

$15.3 billion in sales in 2009.

10 Highest rating achieved by Colgate in 2009 from GovernanceMetrics International, Inc., an independent governance ratings agency.

A cleaner, healthy environment is important to Colgate not only because it's the right thing to do but also because it makes good business sense. Read more about Respect for Our Planet.

37% reduction in water use per ton of production from 2002 to 2009.

20% reduction in CO2 emissions per ton of production from 2002 to 2009.

1998 Colgate was the first in our industry to begin using post-consumer recycled PET in Europe.


Colgate is pleased to be recognized for progress on its sustainability journey. Following are two of the many organizations that have recognized us. To review the other organizations that have recognized us please click here.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Colgate-Palmolive is a component of the 2009/2010 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Carbon Disclosure Project

Colgate-Palmolive was included on Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in 2008 and 2009.

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