Today, we released our 2020 Citizenship Report which outlines our contributions in each of our Citizenship focus areas. 2020 has brought unprecedented change and challenges for communities and people around the world – from the global pandemic to racial injustice. In response, P&G globally and in Canada has stepped up through its Citizenship efforts across Community Impact, Equality & Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability as an unfaltering force for good and force for growth.
“The past year is proof that Citizenship cannot be something done on the side; it has to be built into how we do business every day,” said Geraldine Huse, President, P&G Canada. “Not only does it build trust and equity with consumers and the broader set of stakeholders we serve, when done with the right intentions and with meaningful actions, it drives growth and value creation, which allows us to be a force for good and a force for growth in our world that needs us all to work together.”
The stories of progress in the report demonstrate our commitment to improve lives every day – through our employees and our brands, with our partners and in our communities.
- COVID Response: During the pandemic, our priorities are to protect P&G people, serve consumers who count on our products to take care of their personal health and hygiene and create clean and healthy homes, and support communities.
- We donated over $4 million in cash and product to front line health care workers and Canadians in need.
- We installed and converted existing equipment at our Canadian manufacturing sites to manufacture hand sanitizer and masks for our own employees as well as for donations to local communities.
- Pampers donated $200,000 in technology grants to NICUs across Canada to keep families connected during COVID.
- We launched a new Microban 24 Multi-Purpose Cleaner which is now approved by Health Canada for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Equality & Inclusion: Our Company and brands continued to use their voice to advance gender and intersectional equality.
- Secret announced a $1 million commitment to support top Canadian women’s hockey players to close the gender pay gap.
- Pantene launched a campaign called #HairHasNoGender that will support the Dresscode Project as it works to create more positive and gender-affirming spaces.
- Crest continued to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through their #CrestSmilewithPride campaign.
- P&G Canada donated $1 million as a matching partner to the CanadaHelps Black Solidarity Fund which raised over $1.8 million to help fuel organizations that fight for racial justice, advance economic opportunity, enable greater access to education and health care and make our communities more equitable for Black Canadians.
- To advance economic opportunities for women, P&G Canada hosted our first ever Business Development Program for 25 Canadian female entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.
- Inside P&G, we instituted a new parental leave policy to further advance gender-equality by making child caregiving gender unbiased.
- Environmental Sustainability: We’ve achieved 14 out of 16 of the environmental goals we set in 2010, and we will accelerate our progress as we work to deliver our new set of Ambition 2030 goals for brands, supply chain, society and employees.
- In July, we announced our latest set of climate actions — a new commitment to advance a series of natural climate solutions over the next 10 years that will put us on track to be carbon neutral for the decade.
- 100% of the wood pulp we use in our products is third-party certified to ensure forests are responsibly managed. In our Family Care business, for every tree we use, at least one is regrown.
- We’ve committed that 100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable and to reducing virgin plastic in packaging by 50% by 2030.
- The average home in the developed world is highly inefficient, using between 150 up to 500L per person each day, making water scarcity in large cities a looming challenge. P&G is spearheading the 50L Home Coalition, bringing together policy makers, technology innovators and cities to address water security and climate change, so in the future a person can live on 50 liters of water per day that feels like 500 liters.
We have issued a report on our efforts to have a positive impact on the world for more than 20 years, beginning with our first Sustainability Report in 1999.
The Executive Summary of our 2020 P&G Citizenship Report, a 24-page overview of the progress and stories, is available online as well as a detailed version of the report.