I had an interesting discussion earlier this week with an acquaintance who has worked for Proctor & Gamble for more than 30 years. I asked what his company was doing related to sustainability. He said that he couldn’t really discuss product development that wasn’t in the public domain, but he encouraged me to search their website. A search on ‘sustainability’ turned up 234 results –impressive.
He then directed me to an article published by Wharton that profiled P&G CEO Bob McDonald. Simply put, I was further impressed. I’d like to think that all Fortune 500 companies are as progressive as P&G.
Here is an excerpt taken from the Wharton post:
Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald is a man with a plan. Last year, he and his company declared a bold vision — one that includes making all products and packaging with recycled or renewable materials, and ensuring that no waste from P&G products touches a landfill. Prominent in the vision, too, is powering all plants with renewable energy. Because all of this will take decades to achieve, P&G also declared a series of shorter-term, 10-year goals to guarantee that the company is making progress. The 2020 renewable energy goal is to power 30% of P&G’s energy needs for 180 plants worldwide with renewable sources.