On 29/04/2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Procter & Gamble Company website for the company's environmental policy or report. We also sent a questionnaire to the company and no response was received.
An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
The company's 2020 Citizenship Report was viewed. The company demonstrated a good understanding of its main impacts. It specifically mentioned: packaging, energy, transportation, water and ingredients.
Two or more quantified future targets for 2030 were found which included:
1. "We will reduce our use of virgin petroleum plastic in packaging by 50%". It stated, "we announced this goal in 2019 and are in the early phases of implementing plans, we can report that our progress to date represents about a 4% reduction in virgin petroleum-based plastic packaging."
2. "P&G will improve its global upstream finished product freight emissions efficiency 50% by 2030 versus a 2020 baseline."
These targets were chosen above others which included: one on renewable energy (because some is purchased and may only be based on REGO certificates rather than directly buying renewable energy); one for a 35% increase in water efficiency (as it's baseline appeared to still be FY09/10 and it had already achieved a reduction of 27%).
It stated that "Our GHG emissions data has been verified by an external third party, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA)", but the other environmental data was apparently not covered.
Overall, Procter & Gamble Company received a middle Ethical Consumer rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a half mark in this category.
2020 Annual report (20 April 2021)