Procter & Gamble

Company Score

Industry Household & Personal Products
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1307
Impact Notes 31
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

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

Clean Water and Sanitation

P&G used 63 million cubic meters of water in 2019 to manufacture its products.

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Tue Nov 24th, 2020 at 12:53pm

Water scarcity affects 31% of the global population (2.3 billion)7. Around 33% of the world’s aquifers are stressed7. Water scarcity will displace at least 24 million people by 2030, and this number can go up to 700 million as well7