Proving the Business Case: P&G Exceeds 2 Sustainability Goals; One Creates $1.6B in Value

Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Originally published on Sustainable Brands

This week, Procter & Gamble published its 16th annual sustainability report, which reveals how the CPG giant mad e far-reaching — and as it turns out, lucrative — improvements to its global operations years ahead of schedule.

In 2010, the company set a variety of 2020 sustainability goals, including having 40 percent of the virgin wood fiber used in its tissue and towel products Forest Stewardship Council® certified by 2015, and reducing its manufacturing waste to landfill to less than 0.5 percent of input materials. Today, 54 percent of its virgin wood fiber is FSC-certified and its waste to landfill has been reduced to 0.4 percent — exceeding two of its 2020 goals six years ahead of schedule.

We spoke with Len Sauers, P&G’s VP of Global Sustainability, to get an inside look at the company’s robust sustainability strategy — and learn the importance of partnerships in making it successful.

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