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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/4
      Conversion-free/zero-gross conversion/zero-net conversion commitment or a zero deforestation/deforestation-free commitment that explicitly includes all other natural ecosystems
      4/4
      "As we move into the next decade we will continue to strive to achieve a supply chain which is free of deforestation and respects the rights of workers and communities touched by our supply chain.Our Commitment. This commitment applies to our four major forest commodities: pulp and paper; palm oil and derivatives; soy and soy oil; and beef and beef tallow.  Colgate-Palmolive aspires to build a transparent and responsible supply chain, and contribute to industry level transformation. We commit to eliminating exploitation and deforestation or conversion of native vegetation from our supply chain, and promote the protection of areas of significant environmental and social value. Our overall commitment includes: No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation... With the CGF, we recognized the need for a new approach to meet the goal established in 2010 to end forest commodity associated deforestation by 2020." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Colgate recognizes that soybean is one of the key commodities responsible for the majority of deforestation globally, and is a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support" "As members of the UN Global Compact, we are supportive partners in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals" "Colgate recognizes the need for industry collaboration to achieve a transparent and conversion free soy supply chain. We will continue to support existing efforts to minimize deforestation due to soy expansion in Brazil, such as the Soy Moratorium. "
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are vital to life on earth. They are a major force in countering climate change by storing carbon dioxide. They provide a livelihood for over 1.6 billion people, habitat for 80 percent of earth’s terrestrial species, and are a source for a variety of products for people and industries worldwide.It is estimated that over the past 50 years, over half of the world’s forests have been lost. This has led not just to biodiversity loss and social instability, but also furthered climate change. Deforestation of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock forests such as tropical rainforests and peatlands has been especially devastating to endangered animal species, and has led to significant release of carbon emissions."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Social, environmental and reputational 
      "Deforestation is one of Colgate’s Key Sustainability Issues, an important issue for our business from a social, environmental and reputational risk standpoint. The commitments in our policy help us to manage and address the deforestation risks in our supply chain for pulp and paper, palm oil and derivatives, soy and soy oil and beef tallow.  In 2019 we have updated our Impact Assessment to meet the expectations of our external stakeholders and to inform our business decisions.   As a result, we have developed the “Sustainability Impact Matrix” presented in our 2019 Sustainability Report, which shows deforestation among the highest-impact issues.   Deforestation and climate related risks are included in Colgate's Enterprise Risk Management Process and have been identified as a critical risk to Colgate's business."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      No
      0/1
       
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    55/88
    • Palm oil
      61/88
      • Commitment Strength
        18/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation or conversion of native landscapes... Our suppliers will be expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers.Furthermore, it is expected that all palm oil, PKO and derivative suppliers implement a NDPE policy aligned with Colgate’s policy and broader industry norms such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria which extends across all operations at a corporate group level. As we strive for zero deforestation, we will partner with stakeholders and our suppliers to build a transparent global supply chain that meets the following criteria:No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation..." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "This policy applies to the sources of all Colgate-Palmolive's operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation or conversion of native landscapes... Our suppliers will be expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers.Furthermore, it is expected that all palm oil, PKO and derivative suppliers implement a NDPE policy aligned with Colgate’s policy and broader industry norms such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria which extends across all operations at a corporate group level. As we strive for zero deforestation, we will partner with stakeholders and our suppliers to build a transparent global supply chain that meets the following criteria:No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation..." 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation or conversion of native landscapes... Our suppliers will be expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers.Furthermore, it is expected that all palm oil, PKO and derivative suppliers implement a NDPE policy aligned with Colgate’s policy and broader industry norms such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria which extends across all operations at a corporate group level. As we strive for zero deforestation, we will partner with stakeholders and our suppliers to build a transparent global supply chain that meets the following criteria:No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation..." 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Wherever possible, production should occur on already converted or degraded land.  Our no deforestation and no conversion commitment includes the following areas:...Protection of High Carbon Stock Forests...High Carbon Stock forests encompass primary forests as well as High, Medium, Low Density and Regenerating forests. Young Scrub, Cleared/Open Land areas, existing plantations or other land already in agricultural production may be developed. We recognize and support the HCS Approach developed by the HCS Steering Group...Colgate-Palmolive will not accept new development of any peatland, regardless of its depth. In instances of existing plantations on peat, best management practices should be followed and, where possible, peat restoration should be attempted."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Scope...This policy applies to the sources of all Colgate-Palmolive's operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures...Our suppliers will be expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers...Furthermore, It is expected that all palm oil, PKO and derivative suppliers implement a NDPE policy aligned with Colgate’s policy and broader industry norms such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria which extends across all operations at a corporate group level"
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation or conversion of native landscapes and respects the rights of workers and communities. By 2030 Colgate-Palmolive will only source palm oil, PKO and their derivatives that are responsibly and sustainably produced from sources that can be traced back to the  plantation."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "By 2030 Colgate-Palmolive will only source palm oil, PKO and their derivatives that are responsibly and sustainably produced from sources that can be traced back to the  plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2030 Colgate-Palmolive will only source palm oil, PKO and their derivatives that are responsibly and sustainably produced from sources that can be traced back to the  plantation."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "By 2030 Colgate-Palmolive will only source palm oil, PKO and their derivatives that are responsibly and sustainably produced from sources that can be traced back to the  plantation."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          Colgate states that its workers are entitled to Freedom of association and should not be subject to forced labor and discrimination - they are also against child labor. They also state "Colgate employs the SMETA employment, harsh or inhumane treatment, entitlement to work and emigration, freedom of association, child labor, health and safety, wages and benefits, working hours and discrimination, among other compliance practices. " "Colgate has a long-standing commitment to respecting human rights and labor rights worldwide and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) core labor standards, and we have confirmed our support for the UN Global Compact and principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 0 not specified
          "Colgate-Palmolive commits to work with our suppliers to ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in our supply chains."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Colgate strives to ensure our organization reflects the diversity of our consumers. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees at all levels regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law in the terms or conditions of employment. This includes but is not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, training, demotion or layoff. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Colgate respects the legal or customary land-tenure and use rights of indigenous and local communities, as well as their rights to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for operations affecting their land or natural resources. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
          0/0
          "Suppliers are expected to gather information about actual or potential social conflict in their supply chain, and ensure they are not sourcing from growers involved in illegal land acquisition or conflict with local communities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        30/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, Colgate-Palmolive reports using 204616.0 tonnes of uncertified and certified palm oil with 167630 tonnes cerfified.  
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "In 2020, we sourced 107,552 metric tonnes of palm oil and PKO, and 97,064 metric tonnes of palm oil and PKO derivatives.  Suppliers of palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives are expected to meet the requirements of this policy and must have an equivalent NDPE policy of their own implemented across their organization at a corporate group level including their operations and third party supply chain."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "For palm oil we currently have 100% traceability back to the mill level, and for palm kernel oil we have 95% traceability to the mill level. In 2016 we started to trace back to the plantation level and we are currently 50% traceable to plantation level and this is giving us visibility to the municipality and states for our mills. We do not at this time have volume calculation for each mill. For palm oil derivatives we currently have 60% traceability to the mill."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%
            In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, Colgate-Palmolive reports using 204616.0 tonnes of uncertified and certified palm oil with 167630 tonnes certified. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "Our suppliers will be expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          "We require all palm oil suppliers to source oil from origins that do not come from areas cleared after December 31, 2015. "
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Earthworm Foundation, TEF Center of Social Excellence (CSE)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "For palm oil specifically, our Responsible Sourcing Team continues to work with The Earthworm Foundation on focused landscape transformation projects designed to directly engage with and positively impact local communities within the selected landscapes. We continue supporting a collaborative transformation effort to address environmental and social risks in Aceh Tamiang and Aceh Singkil in Indonesia. We are also supporting TEF Center of Social Excellence (CSE), which focus on training new Social Practitioners to build healthy relationships with communities and workers. The CSE training focuses on common social challenges in Indonesia, including land conflict resolution, worker's rights, local stakeholder engagement and grievance management."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Colgate commits to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the national and international levels. Suppliers must demonstrate compliance with legal requirements." "To confirm compliance, we will employ commodity specific tools and use independent certification and verification mechanisms as they are developed, along with monitoring tools including geospatial monitoring.  In the event of non-compliance, Colgate will work with suppliers to create an action plan, with reasonable time commitments to meet our requirements. Suppliers failing to meet our time-bound requirements will be subject to non-renewal or termination of contracts". 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism
          "We Speak Up To Report ConcernsBusiness Practices Guidelines or other Company policies, you are required to immediately report that information to your manager, Human Resources, Global Ethics and Compliance or the Global Legal Organization. Alternatively, you should feel free to go to higher levels of management without fear of retaliation." Provide contact information including an email, telephone number, mailing address, mobile app or fax number to contact. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 204616.0 tonnes
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, Colgate-Palmolive reports using 204616.0 tonnes of uncertified and certified palm oil with 167630 tonnes. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 81%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 36986 tonnes

          What is the compliant volume?: 167630 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 167630 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, Colgate-Palmolive reports using 204616.0 tonnes of uncertified and certified palm oil with 167630 tonnes
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Due Diligence and Risk Assessment In addition to the policies and practices discussed above, to identify, assess and mitigate modern slavery risks in both our business and supply chains, we engage in risk assessments, utilize external audits and, if there is non-conformance with our requirements, require implementation of a corrective action plan. These activities are further discussed below. We measure the effectiveness of our efforts by, among other things, tracking the number of suppliers that complete assessments, the number of audits performed, audit findings, the implementation of any required corrective action plans, the number and types of grievances lodged and the resolution of such grievances."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: 100%

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: Sabah, Sarawek, East Kalimantan, etc.

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Indonesia 
          In December 2020, Colgate-Palmolive published a list of their suppliers, from the First Refiners to the Mill itself.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified
          "We will take a step-wise approach to verification. As an interim measure, Colgate-Palmolive will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard. We will give preference to physically certified oils...We recognize that our policy sets requirements beyond the RSPO Principles and Criteria and will use various independent verification systems to determine if suppliers are progressing towards full conformance with our policy....We will give preference to suppliers whose palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives have been verified by an independent third party against a standard that meets the expectation in our policy, such as the RSPO Principles and Criteria" "To monitor our palm oil supply chain, we have piloted both Global Forest Watch Proand Starling. Beginning in 2021 we will implement a formal satellite monitoringsolution to monitor our global palm oil supply chain. We are also working with ourdirect palm oil and PKO suppliers to ensure they have monitoring mechanismsimplemented and currently 100% of our Indonesia and Malaysia palm oil and PKOsupply is covered under satellite monitoring."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plans

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with policy on Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing of Palm Oil
          "Suppliers are evaluated against our policy expectations. If a supplier is not able to meet the expectations outlined in our policy, we will work with them to develop an action plan with time-bound commitments...If a supplier is unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to conform to the expectations outlined in our policy, Colgate-Palmolive may terminate the business relationship with the supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      55/88
      • Commitment Strength
        16/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Colgate’s end of 2020 goal was to increase recycled content in our packaging (all materials including fiber based, plastic, metal and glass) to 50 percent on average, Regarding our 2020 full-year consumption of recycled content in overall packaging, we averaged across the year at 49%, but the snapshot at the end of the year was 52 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Colgate’s end of 2020 goal was to increase recycled content in our packaging (all materials including fiber based, plastic, metal and glass) to 50 percent on average, Regarding our 2020 full-year consumption of recycled content in overall packaging, we averaged across the year at 49%, but the snapshot at the end of the year was 52 percent recycled content."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Colgate’s end of 2020 goal was to increase recycled content in our packaging (all materials including fiber based, plastic, metal and glass) to 50 percent on average, Regarding our 2020 full-year consumption of recycled content in overall packaging, we averaged across the year at 49%, but the snapshot at the end of the year was 52 percent recycled content."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Colgate’s end of 2020 goal was to increase recycled content in our packaging (all materials including fiber based, plastic, metal and glass) to 50 percent on average, Regarding our 2020 full-year consumption of recycled content in overall packaging, we averaged across the year at 49%, but the snapshot at the end of the year was 52 percent recycled content."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            "As the next step on our journey toward responsible and sustainable sourcing of pulp and paper based packaging, we will strive to meet the following goals: Conduct source mapping to country of origin and risk assessment against our policy compliance for 100% of our 2020 volumes (by the end of 2021)hat were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "As the next step on our journey toward responsible and sustainable sourcing of pulp and paper based packaging, we will strive to meet the following goals: Conduct source mapping to country of origin and risk assessment against our policy compliance for 100% of our 2020 volumes (by the end of 2021)hat were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk"
          • Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            "As the next step on our journey toward responsible and sustainable sourcing of pulp and paper based packaging, we will strive to meet the following goals: Conduct source mapping to country of origin and risk assessment against our policy compliance for 100% of our 2020 volumes (by the end of 2021)hat were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "As the next step on our journey toward responsible and sustainable sourcing of pulp and paper based packaging, we will strive to meet the following goals: Conduct source mapping to country of origin and risk assessment against our policy compliance for 100% of our 2020 volumes (by the end of 2021)hat were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk"
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          Colgate states that its workers are entitled to Freedom of association and should not be subject to forced labor and discrimination - they are also against child labor. They also state "Colgate employs the SMETA employment, harsh or inhumane treatment, entitlement to work and emigration, freedom of association, child labor, health and safety, wages and benefits, working hours and discrimination, among other compliance practices. " "Colgate has a long-standing commitment to respecting human rights and labor rights worldwide and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) core labor standards, and we have confirmed our support for the UN Global Compact and principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Colgate strives to ensure our organization reflects the diversity of our consumers. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees at all levels regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law in the terms or conditions of employment. This includes but is not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, training, demotion or layoff. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Colgate respects the legal or customary land-tenure and use rights of indigenous and local communities, as well as their rights to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for operations affecting their land or natural resources. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Suppliers are expected to gather information about actual or potential social conflict in their supply chain, and ensure they are not sourcing from growers involved in illegal land acquisition or conflict with local communities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        30/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Colgate’s end of 2020 goal was to increase recycled content in our packaging (all materials including fiber based, plastic, metal and glass) to 50 percent on average, Regarding our 2020 full-year consumption of recycled content in overall packaging, we averaged across the year at 49%, but the snapshot at the end of the year was 52 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Our annual volume for paper based packaging materials is approximately 300,000 metric tonnes.  Based on our latest supply chain traceability assessment, we mainly source paper based packaging materials from the United States, Latin America, Europe, China and Thailand.  Our 2020 supplier risk assessment (2019 volumes) included 100% of suppliers of materials in scope, covering approximately 140 suppliers. The risk assessment evaluated country of origin, material certification and virgin and recycled content.  Materials sourced from high risk countries that were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk...Based on our risk assessment, approximately 81% of our current sourced volume conforms to the requirements of our pulp and paper sourcing policy.  Our criteria for compliance with our sourcing policy is for all volumes to be either certified (FSC certification preferred), verified 100% recycled content or only sourced from low risk countries / regions.  We continue to engage with our suppliers who are working towards achieving the above criteria through the development and implementation of time bound action plans."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "Colgate is committed to sourcing paper and packaging from recycled sources and responsibly managed forests that do not contribute to deforestation. Much of Colgate’s packaging materials utilize wood-derived or paper-based products. Approximately 92 percent of our pulp and paper is recycled and/or certified as sourced from responsibly managed forests...Our approach to mitigating risk is to give preference to recycled or certified pulp and paper based packaging materials including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "Our annual volume for paper based packaging materials is approximately 300,000 metric tonnes.  Based on our latest supply chain traceability assessment, we mainly source paper based packaging materials from the United States, Latin America, Europe, China and Thailand.  Our 2020 supplier risk assessment (2019 volumes) included 100% of suppliers of materials in scope, covering approximately 140 suppliers. The risk assessment evaluated country of origin, material certification and virgin and recycled content.  Materials sourced from high risk countries that were not certified or 100% verified recycled were categorized as high risk...Based on our risk assessment, approximately 81% of our current sourced volume conforms to the requirements of our pulp and paper sourcing policy.  Our criteria for compliance with our sourcing policy is for all volumes to be either certified (FSC certification preferred), verified 100% recycled content or only sourced from low risk countries / regions.  We continue to engage with our suppliers who are working towards achieving the above criteria through the development and implementation of time bound action plans."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Suppliers of paper and packaging are expected to meet the requirements of this policy in addition to respecting all local laws and regulations. We educate suppliers regarding our policy, and evaluate them against our policy expectations. If a supplier is not able to immediately meet our policy expectations, we work with them to develop an action plan with time-bound milestones for conformance.If a supplier is unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to conform to the expectations outlined in our policy, Colgate-Palmolive may terminate the business relationship with the supplier." 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2010
          "We will continue partnering with our suppliers to build a low-risk global supply chain that meets the following criteria for pulp and paper:● No illegally harvested wood● No exploitation of people or local communities● No deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas● No sourcing wood from forests that were converted to plantations or non-forest use afterDecember 31, 2010"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified
          "In 2020, we, with support from Rainforest Alliance, completed a risk assessment of 100 percent of our pulp and paper packaging spend. The assessment process surveyed our suppliers on the recycled content, certification status and country of origin for pulp and paper based packaging sourced to Colgate. Based on the risk assessment we have identified potential high risk materials and are working with our suppliers to develop action plans to mitigate those potential sourcing risks which may include converting to recycled content, sourcing certified materials or sourcing from lower risk geographies."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Colgate commits to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the national and international levels. Suppliers must demonstrate compliance with legal requirements." "To confirm compliance, we will employ commodity specific tools and use independent certification and verification mechanisms as they are developed, along with monitoring tools including geospatial monitoring.  In the event of non-compliance, Colgate will work with suppliers to create an action plan, with reasonable time commitments to meet our requirements. Suppliers failing to meet our time-bound requirements will be subject to non-renewal or termination of contracts". 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "We Speak Up To Report ConcernsBusiness Practices Guidelines or other Company policies, you are required to immediately report that information to your manager, Human Resources, Global Ethics and Compliance or the Global Legal Organization. Alternatively, you should feel free to go to higher levels of management without fear of retaliation." Provide contact information including an email, telephone number, mailing address, mobile app or fax number to contact. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 300,000 metric tonnes
          "Our annual volume for paper based packaging materials is approximately 300,000 metric tonnes...Based on our latest supply chain traceability assessment, we mainly source paper based packaging materials from the United States, Latin America, Europe, China and Thailand...Of the volume's evaluated, 72% was identified as recycled content and 28% was virgin fiber. Approximately 39% of the volume is certified supporting verified sustainable volumes.  Based on our risk assessment, approximately 81% of our current sourced volume conforms to the requirements of our pulp and paper sourcing policy.  Our criteria for compliance with our sourcing policy is for all volumes to be either certified (FSC certification preferred), verified 100% recycled content or only sourced from low risk countries / regions."
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the certified volume?: 117000 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 81%

          What is the compliant volume?: 243000 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 183000 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC
          "Our annual volume for paper based packaging materials is approximately 300,000 metric tonnes...Based on our latest supply chain traceability assessment, we mainly source paper based packaging materials from the United States, Latin America, Europe, China and Thailand...Of the volume's evaluated, 72% was identified as recycled content and 28% was virgin fiber. Approximately 39% of the volume is certified supporting verified sustainable volumes.  Based on our risk assessment, approximately 81% of our current sourced volume conforms to the requirements of our pulp and paper sourcing policy.  Our criteria for compliance with our sourcing policy is for all volumes to be either certified (FSC certification preferred), verified 100% recycled content or only sourced from low risk countries / regions."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Due Diligence and Risk Assessment In addition to the policies and practices discussed above, to identify, assess and mitigate modern slavery risks in both our business and supply chains, we engage in risk assessments, utilize external audits and, if there is non-conformance with our requirements, require implementation of a corrective action plan. These activities are further discussed below. We measure the effectiveness of our efforts by, among other things, tracking the number of suppliers that complete assessments, the number of audits performed, audit findings, the implementation of any required corrective action plans, the number and types of grievances lodged and the resolution of such grievances."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: France, Portugal, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Poland, Canada, United States, Italy, Thailand, China, Columbia   
          "Consistent with our commitment to supply chain transparency, please find attached here a list of Colgate’s top paper material suppliers See List of Pulp and Paper Suppliers for". 
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annual 

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Since 2017, Colgate has prioritized policy implementation with our top suppliers, annually increasing the scope of spend included in our annual supplier risk assessment.  For our latest 2020 risk assessment, we have covered 100% of our pulp and paper based packaging volume from 2019 in the scope of our risk assessment...our progress...Engaged 100% of our supply volume in country mapping and risk assessment against our policy expectations (2020 - ongoing annually)"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: unwilling or unable to conform to no deforestation policy 

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plan and education

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Suppliers of paper and packaging are expected to meet the requirements of this policy in addition to respecting all local laws and regulations. We educate suppliers regarding our policy, and evaluate them against our policy expectations. If a supplier is not able to immediately meet our policy expectations, we work with them to develop an action plan with time-bound milestones for conformance. If a supplier is unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to conform to the expectations outlined in our policy, Colgate-Palmolive may terminate the business relationship with the supplier. "
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Beef *
      50/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "We have an overarching Policy on No Deforestation covering the following forest commodities: palm, soy, beef & beef tallow and pulp and paper. This is a commodity-specific policy that addresses palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have an overarching Policy on No Deforestation covering the following forest commodities: palm, soy, beef & beef tallow and pulp and paper. This is a commodity-specific policy that addresses palm oil." "Developed a risk assessment tool to evaluate and assess the sustainability performance of 100 percent of tallow suppliers (achieved 2016)"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We have an overarching Policy on No Deforestation covering the following forest commodities: palm, soy, beef & beef tallow and pulp and paper. This is a commodity-specific policy that addresses palm oil." "Developed a risk assessment tool to evaluate and assess the sustainability performance of 100 percent of tallow suppliers (achieved 2016)"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "We have an overarching Policy on No Deforestation covering the following forest commodities: palm, soy, beef & beef tallow and pulp and paper. This is a commodity-specific policy that addresses palm oil." "Developed a risk assessment tool to evaluate and assess the sustainability performance of 100 percent of tallow suppliers (achieved 2016)"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "we will...Publish our list for all Latin American tallow suppliers. We do not currently source any beef (meat) from Latin America.  This snapshot reflects our current supply network refresh as of July 2020. We have worked to optimize our supply network to only source from suppliers that meet our policy requirements and operate in compliance with IBAMA and the Cattle Amazon sourcing criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "we will...Publish our list for all Latin American tallow suppliers. We do not currently source any beef (meat) from Latin America.  This snapshot reflects our current supply network refresh as of July 2020. We have worked to optimize our supply network to only source from suppliers that meet our policy requirements and operate in compliance with IBAMA and the Cattle Amazon sourcing criteria."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          Colgate states that its workers are entitled to Freedom of association and should not be subject to forced labor and discrimination - they are also against child labor. They also state "Colgate employs the SMETA employment, harsh or inhumane treatment, entitlement to work and emigration, freedom of association, child labor, health and safety, wages and benefits, working hours and discrimination, among other compliance practices. " "Colgate has a long-standing commitment to respecting human rights and labor rights worldwide and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) core labor standards, and we have confirmed our support for the UN Global Compact and principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Colgate strives to ensure our organization reflects the diversity of our consumers. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees at all levels regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law in the terms or conditions of employment. This includes but is not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, training, demotion or layoff. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Colgate respects the legal or customary land-tenure and use rights of indigenous and local communities, as well as their rights to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for operations affecting their land or natural resources. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Suppliers are expected to gather information about actual or potential social conflict in their supply chain, and ensure they are not sourcing from growers involved in illegal land acquisition or conflict with local communities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        27/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "We source approximately 29,000 metric tonnes of Tallow, beef by-product, in Brazil.  We continue to work with the Brazilian suppliers to assure conformance with our policy requirements...our progress...Confirmed that 100 percent of our Latin American suppliers operations are conducted in conformance with the Minimum Criteria for Industrial Scale Cattle Operations in the Brazilian Amazon (ongoing)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: internal 

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: internal 

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%
            "We source approximately 29,000 metric tonnes of Tallow, beef by-product, in Brazil.  We continue to work with the Brazilian suppliers to assure conformance with our policy requirements...our progress...Developed a risk assessment tool to evaluate and assess the sustainability performance of 100 percent of tallow suppliers (achieved 2016)...Confirmed that 100 percent of our Latin American suppliers operations are conducted in conformance with the Minimum Criteria for Industrial Scale Cattle Operations in the Brazilian Amazon (ongoing)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
          "we will...we will: Collaborate with industry and stakeholder groups such as the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to work toward zero deforestation in this area."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Colgate commits to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the national and international levels. Suppliers must demonstrate compliance with legal requirements." "To confirm compliance, we will employ commodity specific tools and use independent certification and verification mechanisms as they are developed, along with monitoring tools including geospatial monitoring.  In the event of non-compliance, Colgate will work with suppliers to create an action plan, with reasonable time commitments to meet our requirements. Suppliers failing to meet our time-bound requirements will be subject to non-renewal or termination of contracts". 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism
          "We Speak Up To Report ConcernsBusiness Practices Guidelines or other Company policies, you are required to immediately report that information to your manager, Human Resources, Global Ethics and Compliance or the Global Legal Organization. Alternatively, you should feel free to go to higher levels of management without fear of retaliation." Provide contact information including an email, telephone number, mailing address, mobile app or fax number to contact. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported:  29,000 metric tonnes
          "We source approximately 29,000 metric tonnes of Tallow, beef by-product, in Brazil.  We continue to work with the Brazilian suppliers to assure conformance with our policy requirements."
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the certified volume?: 29,000 metric tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What third-party verification is used?: not specified

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tonnes

          What is the compliant volume?: 29,000 metric tonnes
          "We source approximately 29,000 metric tonnes of Tallow, beef by-product, in Brazil.  We continue to work with the Brazilian suppliers to assure conformance with our policy requirements...Certified that Latin American beef and tallow suppliers operate in compliance with the environmental and social requirements set forth by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) (ongoing)...Confirmed that 100 percent of our Latin American suppliers operations are conducted in conformance with the Minimum Criteria for Industrial Scale Cattle Operations in the Brazilian Amazon (ongoing)"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Due Diligence and Risk Assessment In addition to the policies and practices discussed above, to identify, assess and mitigate modern slavery risks in both our business and supply chains, we engage in risk assessments, utilize external audits and, if there is non-conformance with our requirements, require implementation of a corrective action plan. These activities are further discussed below. We measure the effectiveness of our efforts by, among other things, tracking the number of suppliers that complete assessments, the number of audits performed, audit findings, the implementation of any required corrective action plans, the number and types of grievances lodged and the resolution of such grievances."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Paraguay, Brazil 
          "we will...Publish our list for all Latin American tallow suppliers. We do not currently source any beef (meat) from Latin America.  This snapshot reflects our current supply network refresh as of July 2020. We have worked to optimize our supply network to only source from suppliers that meet our policy requirements and operate in compliance with IBAMA and the Cattle Amazon sourcing criteria."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "Incorporated sustainability and responsible sourcing requirements in the supplier selection criteria and process (2017)Included Tallow suppliers in our (SRSA) Supplier Responsible Sourcing Assessment program (ongoing)Certified that our suppliers operate in compliance with the environmental and social requirements set forth by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA)Confirmed that 100 percent of our suppliers operations are conducted in conformance with the Minimum Criteria for Industrial Scale Cattle Operations in the Brazilian Amazon"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: not specified

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with policy criteria and requirements
          "our progress...Exclude suppliers that do not meet our policy criteria and requirements"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      50/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "This policy applies to all direct soy-based materials sourced by Colgate-Palmolive operations, subsidiaries, and joint ventures worldwide... The policy commitments extend to all direct soy products and soy derivatives Colgate purchases from third party suppliers. Colgate expects suppliers to apply this policy throughout their soy supply chain, including all direct soy products produced, purchased, or traded, and all operations including landholdings, joint ventures, and third party suppliers...We commit to eliminating exploitation and conversion of native vegetation from our soy supply chain, and promote the protection of areas of significant environmental and social value.Our specific commitments in the soy supply chain are as follows: No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation...No exploitation of people or local communities...Good agricultural practices...Legal compliance" "As an interim measure, Colgate-Palmolive will strive to procure only soy products from South America that have been verified by a credible certification scheme, such as Proterra and RTRS, to verify low risk of sourcing soy contributing to deforestation. Since 2018, 100% of the soy products Colgate-Palmolive purchases in South America is certified."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "This policy applies to all direct soy-based materials sourced by Colgate-Palmolive operations, subsidiaries, and joint ventures worldwide... The policy commitments extend to all direct soy products and soy derivatives Colgate purchases from third party suppliers. Colgate expects suppliers to apply this policy throughout their soy supply chain, including all direct soy products produced, purchased, or traded, and all operations including landholdings, joint ventures, and third party suppliers...We commit to eliminating exploitation and conversion of native vegetation from our soy supply chain, and promote the protection of areas of significant environmental and social value.Our specific commitments in the soy supply chain are as follows: No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation...No exploitation of people or local communities...Good agricultural practices...Legal compliance"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "This policy applies to all direct soy-based materials sourced by Colgate-Palmolive operations, subsidiaries, and joint ventures worldwide... The policy commitments extend to all direct soy products and soy derivatives Colgate purchases from third party suppliers. Colgate expects suppliers to apply this policy throughout their soy supply chain, including all direct soy products produced, purchased, or traded, and all operations including landholdings, joint ventures, and third party suppliers...We commit to eliminating exploitation and conversion of native vegetation from our soy supply chain, and promote the protection of areas of significant environmental and social value.Our specific commitments in the soy supply chain are as follows: No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation...No exploitation of people or local communities...Good agricultural practices...Legal compliance"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "This policy applies to all direct soy-based materials sourced by Colgate-Palmolive operations, subsidiaries, and joint ventures worldwide... The policy commitments extend to all direct soy products and soy derivatives Colgate purchases from third party suppliers. Colgate expects suppliers to apply this policy throughout their soy supply chain, including all direct soy products produced, purchased, or traded, and all operations including landholdings, joint ventures, and third party suppliers...We commit to eliminating exploitation and conversion of native vegetation from our soy supply chain, and promote the protection of areas of significant environmental and social value.Our specific commitments in the soy supply chain are as follows: No deforestation and no conversion of native vegetation...No exploitation of people or local communities...Good agricultural practices...Legal compliance"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "Through our partnership with Earthworm Foundation (EF) we work on soy traceability. Our traceability approach and methodology includes the following steps: (1) Review Colgate’s completed footprinting exercise to understand the types and quantities of soy in Colgate products, (2) Prioritization of soy products and suppliers in Colgate’s supply chain to define initial priorities for traceability and Colgate Palmolive Company  engagement, (3) Build traceability for prioritized supply chains and prioritized direct suppliers, (4) Risk analysis for key sourcing areas within prioritized supply chain. The traceability elements we are considering for Soy include; port of destination, port of origin, crushing plant, indirect supplier intermediary and farmer. As an example, we have completed a supply chain mapping identifying the country of origin for 100% of our soy footprint. We are currently in the process of completing our initial soy traceability focused on our volumes in South America. Our traceability includes issuing a survey to our direct material suppliers regarding their suppliers and asks that they contact their suppliers to trace upstream in their supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Through our partnership with Earthworm Foundation (EF) we work on soy traceability. Our traceability approach and methodology includes the following steps: (1) Review Colgate’s completed footprinting exercise to understand the types and quantities of soy in Colgate products, (2) Prioritization of soy products and suppliers in Colgate’s supply chain to define initial priorities for traceability and Colgate Palmolive Company  engagement, (3) Build traceability for prioritized supply chains and prioritized direct suppliers, (4) Risk analysis for key sourcing areas within prioritized supply chain. The traceability elements we are considering for Soy include; port of destination, port of origin, crushing plant, indirect supplier intermediary and farmer. As an example, we have completed a supply chain mapping identifying the country of origin for 100% of our soy footprint. We are currently in the process of completing our initial soy traceability focused on our volumes in South America. Our traceability includes issuing a survey to our direct material suppliers regarding their suppliers and asks that they contact their suppliers to trace upstream in their supply chain."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          Colgate states that its workers are entitled to Freedom of association and should not be subject to forced labor and discrimination - they are also against child labor. They also state "Colgate employs the SMETA employment, harsh or inhumane treatment, entitlement to work and emigration, freedom of association, child labor, health and safety, wages and benefits, working hours and discrimination, among other compliance practices. " "Colgate has a long-standing commitment to respecting human rights and labor rights worldwide and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) core labor standards, and we have confirmed our support for the UN Global Compact and principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Colgate strives to ensure our organization reflects the diversity of our consumers. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees at all levels regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law in the terms or conditions of employment. This includes but is not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, training, demotion or layoff. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Colgate respects the legal or customary land-tenure and use rights of indigenous and local communities, as well as their rights to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for operations affecting their land or natural resources. Colgate seeks to work with suppliers who promote this standard."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Suppliers are expected to gather information about actual or potential social conflict in their supply chain, and ensure they are not sourcing from growers involved in illegal land acquisition or conflict with local communities."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "In 2020, Colgate conducted an initial mapping exercise with our direct soy suppliers to identify the material country of origin.  Colgate’s direct soy footprint was approximately 16,000 MT.  Through this exercise we were able to map 100% of our direct soy footprint to the country of origin.  Where the country of origin was identified as high risk (South America including Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay); our top 5 suppliers representing approx. 43% of Colgate’s total direct soy footprint were engaged to conduct traceability and support a supply chain risk assessment.  These top 5 suppliers represent 96% of our soy footprint from South America.Based on the results of our initial soy traceability exercise, we were able to trace back the 1st aggregator or crusher at origin for 34% of our total direct soy footprint which included both soybean meal and oil as well as direct soy based derivatives.  We continue  to engage our suppliers on traceability and where traceability indicates sourcing from high risk municipalities (ex. Cerrado) we engage our suppliers to understand measures they are taking to ensure deforestation or conversion free supplies."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "Our suppliers are expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Earthworm Foundation

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "In late 2019, we engaged with The Earthworm Foundation to begin initial traceability of our highest volume soy suppliers in Latin America. This work will help us to trace our soy supply network and the geography of supply, identifying hot spots and high risk areas for transformation activities."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "In 2020, Colgate conducted an initial mapping exercise with our direct soy suppliers to identify the material country of origin.  Colgate’s direct soy footprint was approximately 16,000 MT.  Through this exercise we were able to map 100% of our direct soy footprint to the country of origin.  Where the country of origin was identified as high risk (South America including Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay); our top 5 suppliers representing approx. 43% of Colgate’s total direct soy footprint were engaged to conduct traceability and support a supply chain risk assessment.  These top 5 suppliers represent 96% of our soy footprint from South America."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Colgate commits to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the national and international levels. Suppliers must demonstrate compliance with legal requirements, e.g. the Brazilian Forest Code, and registration and compliance with the Rural Environmental Registry. We will exclude any soy produced on illegally deforested or converted land from our supply chain.Our suppliers are expected to apply this policy at the corporate group level across all operations including landholdings, joint ventures and third-party suppliers... The goal of this policy is to monitor and verify direct  supplier compliance with this policy. Traceability information will facilitate monitoring land use change at farm level. Colgate expects suppliers to demonstrate compliance with the policy in their own supply chain, including conducting verification and geospatial monitoring of their supply base. We will give preference to suppliers whose soy products have been independently verified to be in compliance with Colgate’s soy policy."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism
          "We Speak Up To Report ConcernsBusiness Practices Guidelines or other Company policies, you are required to immediately report that information to your manager, Human Resources, Global Ethics and Compliance or the Global Legal Organization. Alternatively, you should feel free to go to higher levels of management without fear of retaliation." Provide contact information including an email, telephone number, mailing address, mobile app or fax number to contact. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 14,714 tons
          In their 2020 CDP Forest Report, Colgate-Palmolive Co. report 14,714 tons of total soy of which 1,363 tons is ProTerra certified, assuming 13,351 tons is RTRS certified. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What is the certified volume?: 1,363 tons is ProTerra certified and

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 51-60%

          What is the compliant volume?: 14,714 tons

          What third-party verification is used?: ProTerra and RTRS
          In their 2020 CDP Forest Report, Colgate-Palmolive Co. report that 51-60% of total volume is compliant. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Due Diligence and Risk Assessment In addition to the policies and practices discussed above, to identify, assess and mitigate modern slavery risks in both our business and supply chains, we engage in risk assessments, utilize external audits and, if there is non-conformance with our requirements, require implementation of a corrective action plan. These activities are further discussed below. We measure the effectiveness of our efforts by, among other things, tracking the number of suppliers that complete assessments, the number of audits performed, audit findings, the implementation of any required corrective action plans, the number and types of grievances lodged and the resolution of such grievances."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          "We work with our partner Earthworm Foundation to engage our suppliers in assuring compliance with our policy and in traceability of our soy based materials... Colgate uses GFWPro and piloted Starling in 2019 to monitor land use change and activities associated with deforestation in high priority landscapes, particularly Brazil and Argentina." 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plans and engagement meetings
          "Colgate also has a grievance mechanism and associated process to capture and track identified noncompliance raised by stakeholders. Our process includes an investigation phase, a supplier engagement phase and a corrective action phase during which corrective action plans are developed and supplier performance on those corrective actions are reported and monitored through regular engagement meetings. Suppliers unable or unwilling to take corrective action may be removed from our supply base... Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance Assessing the efficacy and efforts of non-compliant supplier actions through consistent and quantified metrics Re-integrating suppliers back into supply chain based on the successful and verifiable completion of activities."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    16/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    29/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Colgate-Palmolive is an American consumer goods company with products sold in over 200 countries around the world. Its products include oral, personal and home care, as well as pet nutrition products. Brands include Colgate, Palmolive and Sanex. It is a major global player across all its products areas. Globally, Colgate-Palmolive is one of the largest home care and beauty and personal care companies. Colgate-Palmolive Co. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy and beef.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics, Personal care, Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

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How we assess the Forest 500

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