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Article | February 1, 2009
P&G's report focuses on energy, waste, and emissions reductions
Procter & Gamble Company’s 2008 Sustainability Report—the 10th annual version of its kind—entitled “Designed to Innovate…Sustainably,” outlines P&G’s approach to sustainable development.
It includes a look at how the company is working with key stakeholders and employees to further its sustainability progress. The report (www.pg.com/sustainability) details how P&G is on track to meet or exceed the five-year goals it established in 2007. They included specific, measurable objectives for developing sustainable innovation products, improving the environmental profile of P&G operations and facilities, and im-proving lives through the company’s Live, Learn and Thrive corporate social responsibility programs. During the last year, P&G reported that its operations reduced water consumption by 7 percent, energy usage by 6 percent, CO2 emissions by 8 percent, and waste disposal by 21 percent (per unit of production). Including last year’s results, P&G has reduced water consumption by 51 percent, energy usage by 46 percent, CO2 emissions by 52 percent, and waste disposal by 50 percent since 2002 (per unit of production).“The progress we’ve made this past year would not have been possible without the dedication and conviction of P&G’s employees worldwide,” said Susan Arnold, president of P&G’s global business units and executive sponsor of sustainability. “Combining their efforts with P&G’s global scale benefits our consumers and retail customers around the world, while simultaneously improving our sustainability profile.” Len Sauers, vice president of global sustainability, added, “With our science-based, business-building approach, we’re bringing a steady stream of product and operational innovations that allow consumers to make more sustainable choices, without having to accept trade-offs in performance or value.” P&G’s sustainability report was prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 guidelines. The GRI report is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework that includes the principles and indicators global organizations use to measure and report economic, environmental, and social performance. (Reprinted with permission from P&G.)
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