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Procter & Gamble

Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives

3.2)   By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

The P&G Pampers brand as part of its commitment to happy, healthy development of babies – created the Pampers Mobile Clinic Program, providing free basic health checks, health talks and products to mothers and their babies. This year, the clinics mark their 10th anniversary, reaching more than 1.8 million mothers and children in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Pakistan. Also, the Pampers UNICEF vaccine program marked another year of working to eliminate neonatal tetanus, a preventable disease that claims the life of 58,000 babies in developing countries each year.

The campaign, 1 pack = 1 vaccine, has donated more than 300 million vaccines and helped to eliminate the disease in 15 countries.

3.4)   By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

The P&G Safeguard Clean Hands Healthy Kids Campaign marked its 15th year of teaching hygiene to prevent childhood illness, absenteeism and even death. The program was launched in China based on global research that soap and water washing can prevent nearly 4 million children a year from dying before their 5th birthday. Today, the program is in schools across China, the Philippines, Pakistan and Mexico, reaching 4.5 million students a year. In many locations, the brand has helped build hand-washing and sanitation stations for children.

Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality

5.6)   Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

The P&G Always brand reached an additional 300,000 girls through its Protecting Futures Program, providing girls age 12-14 with education on good personal hygiene, puberty, menstruation and personal care. The program, started in 2006, is aimed at helping girls attend classes during their periods, and thus stay in school. The program has expanded from Africa to the Middle East.

Goal 6: Ensure Water & Sanitation

6.1)   By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all  

P&G’s not-for-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) has been working with a network of partners for ten years improve the health of children in developing countries by providing them with clean drinking water. Over the last decade, the program has collaborated with 150 NGOs, charities and governments to raise awareness of the global water crisis and deliver clean drinking water where and when it’s needed most. In 2014, P&G CSDW provided its 7 billionth liter of clean drinking water for children and families in need. 

Goal 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption & Production

12.5)   By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse

P&G has over the past three years increased the number of zero manufacturing waste to landfill (ZMWTL) sites from 10% to nearly 50% of manufacturing sites globally.  P&G now has over 70 sites that have achieved the ZMWTL criteria. One example of innovative thinking to drive progress is the reuse of scrap absorbent materials from P&G’s Feminine Care plant in Belleville, Canada. One of P&G’s external partners blends P&G's high-tech absorbents with other raw materials that make up emergency spill containment and control products. In 2014, the plant was called upon to help provide additional material above and beyond our typical supply to help the local community with emergency response and oil cleanup after the Lac-Megantic train disaster.

Goal 13: Combat Climate Change

13.3)   Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

Getting consumers to wash their clothes in low temperatures represents a significant opportunity to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. This is why P&G has established a goal that by 2020, 70% of all machine wash loads should be done in cold water.  Since launching the initiative, global washing machine loads washed in cold water increased from 38% to 53% (between 2010 and 2014).   Progress to date has been mainly driven by an increase of cold-water washing in Western Europe, where P&G launched strong outreach and communication programs to consumers by selling all versions of Ariel, P&G’s leading laundry detergent in Europe, with a “30 ̊C” icon to encourage consumers to wash in cold and partnered and by working with AISE, a detergents trade association in Europe, on a major industry consumer education campaign called “I prefer 30 ̊C” to drive low-temperature washing. P&G has also partnered with key suppliers to design technologies that provide greater performance in cold.  

P&G has also sought to influence the entire laundry ecosystem by continuing to partner with washing machine manufacturers on three key areas: 1) placing information about the benefits of cold-water washing on new washing machines reaching millions of consumers, 2) encouraging the use of quick cycles where time saving is a great consumer motivator to switch to this cycle and 3) designing detergents that perform at their best in the new high-efficiency machines in North America.

Goal 15: Protect Ecosystems

15.2)   By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests, and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally

P&G has used its procurement practices to ensure the sustainability of the world’s forest resources by committing as part of the Consumer Goods Forum to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 through three strategic commodities where our sourcing practices can have the greatest impact on ensuring responsible use of the world’s forest resources: wood pulp for tissue and absorbent hygiene products, wood pulp used in paper packaging and palm oil for our laundry and beauty products.  This year, we exceed our goal on third-party certification, reporting that 54% of the virgin wood fiber used in our tissue/towel products is certified by the Forest Stewardship Leadership Council®, exceeding our goal to have 40% certified by 2015. We reached this goal is collaboration with the Word Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest and Trade Network and its network of forestry experts from around the world.  Additionally, we now have 99% of our virgin wood fiber third-party certified. For palm oil, P&G is engaged in improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests and support the rights of indigenous peoples, including by introducing a palm oil and palm kernel oil traceability plan by December 2015P&G is the only company currently working in-field with small farmers to improve sustainable practices and ensure forest protection.  P&G has also pledged to report annually on its progress towards zero net deforestation.