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  • Overall approach
    4/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero net deforestation
      2/6
      "Partnering with external stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our supply chain, including ensuring our sourcing of renewable commodities does not contribute to deforestation."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      P&G are signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests, the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum and the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We partner with global multi-stakeholder organizations to develop tools and scientific methods to protect values and services that forests provide such as biodiversity, watershed protection and climate moderation."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    51/86
    • Palm oil
      68/86
      • Commitment Strength
        33/36
        • 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; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "P&G is committed to ensuring our suppliers meet RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) and have the necessary policies and procedures in place to ensure no development of high-conservation-value (HCV) areas and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests [...] no new development of peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "P&G is committed to ensuring [...] no development of high-conservation-value (HCV) areas and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests [...] no new development of peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "P&G is committed to ensuring [...] no development of high-conservation-value (HCV) areas and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests [...] no new development of peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "P&G is committed to ensuring [...] no development of high-conservation-value (HCV) areas and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests [...] no new development of peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "P&G is committed to ensuring [...] no development of high-conservation-value (HCV) areas and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests [...] no new development of peat lands regardless of depth."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "At P&G, we are unequivocally committed to achieving zero deforestation in our palm supply chain and using our innovation strength to drive positive change in the industry [...] Currently 100% of our PO and PO derivatives are either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mass-balance certified or covered by Green Palm certificates." With a goal for all to be segregated by 2020
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain [...] [they] maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives."
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives and continued to make progress in our efforts to source 100% of our palm oil as RSPO Segregated (SG) by the end of 2018. We remain on track to hit that goal and are developing plans to procure 100% of our palm oil derivatives as RSPO SG by the end of 2020."
          • 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
            "Maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives and continued to make progress in our efforts to source 100% of our palm oil as RSPO Segregated (SG) by the end of 2018. We remain on track to hit that goal and are developing plans to procure 100% of our palm oil derivatives as RSPO SG by the end of 2020."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            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
            "Maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives and continued to make progress in our efforts to source 100% of our palm oil as RSPO Segregated (SG) by the end of 2018. We remain on track to hit that goal and are developing plans to procure 100% of our palm oil derivatives as RSPO SG by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Maintained 100% RSPO certification for palm oil/palm oil derivatives and continued to make progress in our efforts to source 100% of our palm oil as RSPO Segregated (SG) by the end of 2018. We remain on track to hit that goal and are developing plans to procure 100% of our palm oil derivatives as RSPO SG by the end of 2020."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "To help inform our efforts on verification of compliance, in FY17/18, we conducted a risk assessment using the PALM Tool [...] to identify palm oil mills in our supply base that are at a high risk based on presence of deforestation risk factors in the area surrounding the mill"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "If we find a supplier is violating any of the above requirements, and if that supplier does not acknowledge and take action to resolve the concern, P&G will suspend or eliminate palm oil purchases from that supplier. A supplier would need to have a documented action plan and demonstrate meaningful progress to be considered for reinstating supply agreements"
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          "During the financial year 2017/18, P&G increased transparency of [their] supply chain bypublishing both palm oil supplier names and a detailedlist of the palm oil mills in [their] supply chain"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          P&G reported on their participation in "the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group (HCSA SG), RSPO’s Principle & Criteria Taskforce, RSPO’s Smallholder Working Group and RSPO’s Human Rights Working Group" in 2018.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          535,236 tonnes
          P&G reported their total palm oil and palm oil product usage to be 535,236 tonnes, 144,499 tonnes of which was RSPO certified.
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Procter & Gamble state that they "Respect land tenure rights, including rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent for development of land they own legally, communally or by custom". 
        • 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
          P&G states that it follows global human rights standards set by the ILO and UNHCR regarding discrimination, freedom of association, forced labour and child 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
          The P&G Supplier Sustainability Guidelines state that suppliers must ensure their workers' right to be free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "Announced a major commitment as part of our Ambition 2030 program to significantly scale our smallholder program which is focused on improving the livelihoods of the smallholder farmers in our supply chain."
    • Pulp & Paper
      35/86
      • Commitment Strength
        20/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Zero net deforestation; Certification
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Increase our use of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber to 75% across all Family Care brands by 2025."
        • 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: Reduction of material inputs
             
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Procter and Gamble have committed to "have 100% of [their] paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            P&G reported in 2017 that "100% of the virgin wood pulp we purchase for use in our tissue/ towel and absorbent hygiene products is third-party certified by one of our accepted forest certification programs."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "98% of the volume reported by our suppliers was either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            other third party verification
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            P&G reported in 2017 that "100% of the virgin wood pulp we purchase for use in our tissue/ towel and absorbent hygiene products is third-party certified by one of our accepted forest certification programs."
          • 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
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • 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
          681,625 Metric Tonnes
          They report 700,000 Metric Tonnes of paper used in 2018.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          P&G states that it follows global human rights standards set by the ILO and UNHCR regarding discrimination, freedom of association, forced labour and child 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
          The P&G Supplier Sustainability Guidelines state that suppliers must ensure their workers' right to be free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    26/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    16/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Protector & Gamble is an American consumer goods manufacturer. The company produces laundry detergents, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, and toothpaste among many other products. Protector & Gamble owns several well-known brands, such as Ariel, Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Tide, and Herbal Essence. In 2015 the company was the number one fabric care and home care company in the world. Protector & Gamble used 493,677 tonnes of palm oil in 2015.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care, Home care
Segments
Producer, 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

Always, Always Discreet, Ambi Pur, Ariel, Ariel Pgp, Aussie, Bold, Bold 2in1, Clearblue, Daz, Fairy, Fairy Nb, Febreze, Febreze Unstoppables, Flash, Gillette, Gillette Venus, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Lenor, Max Factor, Nicen Easy, Olay, Old Spice, Oral-b, P&g Professional, Pampers, Pantene, Pantene Pro-v, Tampax, Venus, Wella

How we assess the Forest 500

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Disclaimer

This assessment has been carried out following the methodology developed for the Forest 500 project, available here. Please see our disclaimer applicable to all information contained within this site and our terms and conditions for use of data presented on this site.

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