Procter & Gamble

Company Score

Industry Household & Personal Products
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1451
Impact Notes 32
SDG Covered 12 out of 17

P&G is an American multinational consumer goods corporation with headquarters in the USA. It specialises in a large range of personal health/consumer health, and personal care and hygiene products. Procter & Gamble own 65 brands including Ariel, Always, Crest, Fairy, Febreze, Gillette razors, Head & Shoulders, Olay, Oral-B, Pampers & Pampers, Pantene, SK-II, Tide and Vicks.

Read about P&G and its impact below.

Impact notes

Clean Water and Sanitation

P&G core business gives access to sanitary products to hundreds of millions of people globally

Profile Theophile M.
Icon time Fri Mar 26th, 2021 at 5:55pm

Water and sanitation health (WASH) is critical to fighting premature deaths worldwide: each year, 1.8M deaths are caused by WASH-related diseases1;p3. Hygiene is one of the three key elements, along with clear water systems and decent sanitation, that can mitigate impacts of WASH diseases1;10-11. General sanitation hygiene encompasses handwashing, environmental hygiene (cleaning surfaces), and menstrual hygiene1;p11. But access to affordable sanitary products is incomplete: three billion people worldwide lack access to basic handwashing facility1;p16. Affordability is a key issue even in rich countries such as the US, where one out of five women declares struggling to afford period products every months5.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Only 13% of P&G's energy consumption comes from renewable sources

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 9:34am

According to a study, fossil fuels are considered an essential source of energy as these are widely used for energy generation2. Global non-renewable energy consumption stood at 139,557 TWh in comparison to 7,028 TWh consumption of renewable energy in 20192.

Life on Land

P&G promoted deforestation in the Boreal forest by sourcing 35% of its total wood pulp from Canada

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 9:19am

Approximately 386 million hectares of forest was cleared, on a global scale, between 2001 and 20191. Since 2000, this has resulted in a 10% decrease in global tree cover1. Around 270,000 trees are either sent to landfills or flushed and toilet paper accounts for 10% of the total products landfilled2. Accounting for about 4% of the global population, the US is the second-highest consumer of tissue in the world4;p4. US consumes 255,360,000,000 disposable facial tissues per year7.

Life below Water

P&G's top selling detergents contain surfactant LAS, which is toxic for the aquatic life

Profile Surbhi Kohli
Icon time Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 3:42pm

Approximately 80% of the wastewater generated worldwide is discharged without proper treatment2, accounting for more than 3,217.6 billion litres of sewage water per year2. Additionally, an average American household uses about 1,135 litres of water everyday3, 22% of which is used for laundry4. A four-person home utilizes about 45,425 litres of water annually to wash clothes in a standard washing machine4.

Good Health and Well-being

Procter & Gamble’s beauty and skincare products contain toxic cancer-causing chemicals

Profile Ankita Chatterjee
Icon time Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 10:54am

An average woman uses ten different beauty products daily10. Cosmetics increasingly use harmful carcinogens, and most US beauty products are unregulated2. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, cosmetics and their ingredients do not require FDA approval before entering the consumer market2. Every year, US hospitals receive 4,300 children suffering from cosmetic-related injuries11