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  • Overall approach
    4/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero net deforestation
      2.00/6
      "Colgate has joined the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) in pledging to mobilize resources to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Colgate-Palmolive are members of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, UN Global Consumer Goods Forum, and the UN Global Compact. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    58/86
    • Palm oil
      63/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation" and "will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation" and "will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation" and "will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation" and "will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil, palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oil derivatives that do not contribute to deforestation" and "will strive to procure only palm oil, PKO and palm oil derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent standard".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Colgate has joined the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) in pledging to mobilize resources to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Colgate-Palmolive commit to "No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock Forests or High Conservation Value Areas" and "No New Development on Peatlands, Regardless of Depth".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Colgate-Palmolive commit to "No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock Forests or High Conservation Value Areas" and "No New Development on Peatlands, Regardless of Depth".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Colgate-Palmolive commit to "No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock Forests or High Conservation Value Areas" and "No New Development on Peatlands, Regardless of Depth".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Colgate-Palmolive commit to "No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock Forests or High Conservation Value Areas" and "No New Development on Peatlands, Regardless of Depth".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Colgate-Palmolive commit to "No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock Forests or High Conservation Value Areas" and "No New Development on Peatlands, Regardless of Depth".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Achieve full traceability of our palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives supply chains back to the first refineries, mills and to the plantation by year-end 2020."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "We will report on progress toward our goals twice a year – in our annual Sustainability Report, as well as a semi-annual report, both to be published on the Colgate-Palmolive Sustainability website. In addition, Colgate-Palmolive discloses progress on responsible and sustainable sourcing of palm oil via RSPO Annual Communication of Progress, the World Wildlife Fund Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and the CDP Forest disclosure."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Palm Oil traceable to the mill Percentage 100.0% Palm Kernel Oil traceable to the mill Percentage 97.0% Palm Oil traceable to Plantation Percentage 64.0% Palm Kernel Oil traceable to Plantation Percentage 35.0% Palm Derivatives Traceability to First Refiner Percentage 60.0% Palm Derivatives Traceability to Mill Percentage  53.0%
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            2018: Certified Palm Oil Percentage 100.0% Certified Palm Kernel Oil Percentage 100.0% Certified Palm Oil and PKO derivatives Percentage 42.0% Total Certified Palm Oils (Palm, PKO, Derivatives) Percentage 70.0%
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            RSPO certification
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Colgate-Palmolive discloses progress on responsible and sustainable sourcing of palm oil via RSPO Annual Communication of Progress, the World Wildlife Fund Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and the CDP Forest disclosure."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          31/12/2015
          "We require to all palm oil suppliers to source oil from origins that do not come from areas cleared after December 31, 2015.
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Suppliers are evaluated against our policy expectations."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Colgate-Palmolive publicly disclose a list of their mills and suppliers.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          146,820 tonnes
          Colgate-Palmolive reported their commodity usage as 146,820 tonnes in the 2017 RSPO ACOP - 100,470 tonnes of which was RSPO certified. 
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Colgate-Palmolive suppliers will respect 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 resources."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Colgate-Palmolive Co. state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Colgate-Palmolive commit their suppliers to ensure their workers are free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      52/86
      • Commitment Strength
        29/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020 Colgate-Palmolive will only source paper and packaging from recycled and responsible sources that do not contribute to deforestation and do respect human rights."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
             
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Purchase increasing volumes of certified or recycled pulp and paper based materials each year with a goal to source 100% by year-end 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive requested 80% of their suppliers to provide information on traceability to the mill level, and in 2019 requested this from the remaining 20%. 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive requested 80% of their suppliers to provide information on traceability to the mill level, and in 2019 requested this from the remaining 20%. 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive requested 80% of their suppliers to provide information on traceability to the mill level, and in 2019 requested this from the remaining 20%. 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive requested 80% of their suppliers to provide information on traceability to the mill level, and in 2019 requested this from the remaining 20%. 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive requested 80% of their suppliers to provide information on traceability to the mill level, and in 2019 requested this from the remaining 20%. 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Colgate-Palmolive report that 30% of pulp and paper was from recycled sources in 2018.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            This information is reported through the published list of paper mills and suppliers.
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "75% of Colgate Palmolive’s current suppliers conforms to the requirements within the policy on pulp and paper sourcing or are in the process of closing the gaps identified during the assessment."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "If a supplier is not able to immediately meet our policy expectations, we will work with them to develop an action plan with time-bound milestones for conformance."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Colgate-Palmolive report their list of suppliers.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Colgate-Palmolive suppliers will respect 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 resources."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Colgate-Palmolive commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, child labour, and forced labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Colgate-Palmolive commit their suppliers to ensure their workers are free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    29/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    19/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    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 ten largest home care companies, and ranks among the top five for beauty and personal care and bath and shower products. Palm oil is a major ingredient in many products, with over 170,000 metric tons of palm oil products being used in 2015.

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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