Ian Cook, Chairman, President and CEO
Colgate’s long success around the world depends upon the talent and dedication of Colgate people who adhere to our core values – Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement – in everything we do. Because the way we do business is just as important as the results we achieve, we see our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility as important measures of our success.
Our sustainability objective is to ensure that Colgate’s business grows consistently and responsibly, benefits those we serve globally — employees, shareholders, consumers and other stakeholders – and promotes the well-being of future generations.
Over the past few years, our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility has deepened as we have integrated these initiatives into our business operations. This integrated approach has strengthened our sustainability and social responsibility initiatives and our business performance, helping us recruit and retain the best talent, enhancing our relationships with our stakeholders, and offering new opportunities for innovation. Perhaps most importantly, this commitment has excited and engaged Colgate people around the world.
As we go forward, we remain committed to responsibly growing our Company and enhancing the lives of consumers and communities around the world in three critical areas:
By developing the full potential of all Colgate people and demonstrating our commitment to our stakeholders’ health and wellness.
By growing consistently and responsibly, continuously meeting or exceeding our financial goals and focusing on product sustainability.
By maintaining our commitment to our environmental targets and expanding our focus on water quality and availability.
We are proud of the recognition we have received for our sustainability performance – including our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2009/2010 and the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in 2008 and 2009. But we know we are on a journey where success is never final. This website, therefore, is a snapshot of our progress. We will update this report annually or when significant changes occur. In an effort to minimize the environmental impact of sustainability reporting, our sustainability report is no longer published in print form; it can be viewed or downloaded from this website.
We appreciate your interest in Colgate and we invite your feedback on this report and any aspect of our sustainability commitment.
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer