Reducing our company's environmental impact is important to Colgate not only because it's the right thing to do but also because it makes good business sense.
Our Core Value of Continuous Improvement supports our long-term environmental goals, which go beyond simply complying with environmental regulations. Our 2002-2010 goals:
In addition, we are focused on reducing waste, improving packaging and maintaining our active worldwide Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) audit program. Principles guiding Colgate's worldwide EOHS program are part of Colgate's Global EOHS Policy Statement, which applies to all Colgate facilities. Contract manufacturers and suppliers must abide by the Code of Conduct and must also meet requirements in our Contract Manufacturer and Supplier selection process. Colgate's Director of Environmental Affairs, Occupational Health and Safety is the senior Colgate person responsible for EOHS performance. The director is a member of Colgate's Global Sustainability Steering Committee, which reports to the company's CEO.
In our ever-changing world, Colgate places high priority on operating in a responsible and respectful manner. These efforts have led to increased efficiencies and financial advantages for the Company. We know that there is still much to be accomplished. Our ongoing strategy to reduce our environmental footprint will remain an integral part of producing, packaging, distributing and marketing our products.
Read below for a few examples of our principles in action:
Sustainability in Our Office Workplace
Colgate North America has partnered with a woman-owned furniture remanufacturer when remodeling office interiors. Instead of purchasing new office workstations, Colgate uses refurbished office furniture, reducing the amount of solid waste, the environmental impact and the costs associated with an office remodel. When offices in New York, Atlanta, Canada and Hill's Pet Nutrition were remodeled, more than 750 workstations were refurbished. Some North America locations have implemented carpooling initiatives. Colgate has also installed bicycle racks and provided showers for employee use at its headquarters.
Awarded for Environmental Performance in Mexico
Colgate-Palmolive Mexico was the first company in Mexico ever to receive a tax incentive based on its outstanding environmental performance at its Mexico City facility in 2006, and the tax incentive continued through 2009. Based on verified improvements in water reuse, materials recycling, efficient use of energy and reduction in air emissions, the tax incentives have saved the company over $400,000 annually.
Awarded LEED Certification
Several of Colgate's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities have been awarded LEED certification. LEED is an independent, third-party verification system designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.
Our new soap manufacturing plant in Thailand was awarded LEED Silver certification in 2009, and two U.S. facilities were certified in 2008 and 2009. Eight more facilities in the U.S., Poland, Czech Republic, Vietnam and China are pursuing LEED certification.