P&G's disposable sanitary napkins add to the non-biodegradable waste in landfills in India
1Annually, India generates about 12.3 billion disposable sanitary napkins, most of which are non-biodegradable1. These napkins release hazardous toxic chemicals into the soil, causing groundwater pollution2, and emit greenhouse gases3. A year's worth of feminine hygiene products emits 3.5 kg CO2 equivalents3.
Procter & Gamble is contributing in water pollution by logging of forests
Water pollution is a global threat to the health of all living creatures at large1. There were about 1.2 million deaths in 2017 due to unsafe water consumption1. Healthy forests on the Earth are acting as filters to keep water away from pollution at large5. The strong roots of plants anchor soil and help in nutrient absorption5. However, when trees are removed, sediment flows and the global water cycle is disturbed4;p10.
P&G addresses the water crisis in China by reducing its total water consumption and re-using water, reaching 60,000m3 in annual water savings
Water is at the heart of sustainable development and holds great significance in the journey of development. As important as it is for human survival, it is also a pivotal link between the environment and the society1. In 2018, 2.1 billion people worldwide lived without access to safe drinking water2.
P&G India has helped build and support 2,100 schools, impacting 1.7 million children across India since 2005
Universal Primary Education has made enormous progress, with 91% enrollment globally. However, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, with every 1 in every 4 girls across developing countries not in school1. There is a long way towards achieving quality education globally. Literacy is one of the key socio-economic parameters for India's development where 81% of adults are literate. India has a considerable skew in literacy rates across genders, 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women. One of the key factors contributing to the low rate of literacy in India is the lack of schools in the vicinity of rural areas, lack of proper sanitation, lack of access to clean drinking water and toilets in existing schools, which triggers a huge dropout rate, especially amongst girls2.
P&G potentially damaging their environmental reputation as they will likely miss their 2020 deforestation goals
P&G is a Fast-Moving Consumer Good (FMCG) company in the Home and Personal Care segment that potentially faces significant reputation risk, which is valued at USD 41 billion. A previous CRR report concluded that FMCGs may face reputation risks when sourcing from deforested land and this number shows how high that impact is2.