Message From The CEO

Ian Cook

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

In the following section, Ian Cook, Chairman, President and CEO, answers questions often asked by our shareholders regarding our business results, key strategic initiatives and prospects for future growth.*

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Q. Please comment on the Company's 2013 global business results.

A. We are delighted to have delivered another year of strong performance in 2013. Net sales grew 2.0%, global unit volume grew 5.0% and organic sales, or net sales excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments, grew 6.0%. The strong top-line growth was led by emerging markets, where organic sales grew a robust 9.5%. We achieved our profit goals, with diluted earnings per share increasing 6%, despite an intense competitive environment, volatile foreign currency exchange and challenging macroeconomic conditions worldwide.

Our simple financial strategy continues to serve us well. We increased gross profit margin while maintaining our overhead expenses. This allowed us to increase advertising spending behind the Company's brands by 6%, driving strong market share performance worldwide.

We also maintained our strong balance sheet and cash flow, which, along with the Company's positive growth momentum, led the Board of Directors to authorize a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend and a two-for-one stock split, both effective in the second quarter of 2013.

Overall, we are very pleased with our results in 2013 and remain sharply focused on strengthening our fundamentals even further to continue to deliver profitable growth worldwide.

Q. Can you please give us an update on the 2012 Restructuring Program?

A. Colgate's 2012 Restructuring Program is a four-year Global Growth and Efficiency Program designed to streamline our cost structure to further invest in growth. We anticipate savings in the range of $275 million to $325 million aftertax annually by 2016, the final year of the program. The program focuses on three initiatives we have been acting on for quite some time, now taking them to the next level.

First, we are expanding our use of commercial hubs. That is, clustering single-country subsidiaries into more efficient regional units. This enables smarter and faster decision making on the ground by providing strengthened resources and capabilities to the smaller operations within the region, and it improves cost structure. Successful in Latin America for many years, we are expanding this structure around the world, beginning with the formation of our Central and Western European hubs, which are already underway.

A second area of focus is extending our Colgate service centers to support the business in all regions. The general principle is to be as global as possible, enabled by our enterprise-wide use of SAP® software, while staying as local as necessary to assure success in building our brands, our market shares and our top-line growth. We have seen benefits in our first Colgate business service center in Warsaw, Poland, where we have established standardized best practices in accounts payable for all 34 European subsidiaries, and are now reducing the number of vendor providers from 16,000 to 6,000. Similar centers have now been established in Mumbai and Mexico City and work is beginning to be transferred there.

For more than 20 years, Colgate has been on a journey to optimize its global supply chain for greater efficiency and faster speed-to-market. We have today 54 facilities servicing our global business, down from 85 prior to 2004, and we expect to be down another 10% by the end of 2016. We have begun the consolidation of our oral care production in Europe to a dedicated state-of-the-art facility in Swidnica, Poland, and have announced the relocation of our underarm deodorant manufacturing facility in Morristown, New Jersey to Greenwood, South Carolina.

As planned, savings began in 2013 and should increase in 2014, allowing us to continue to deliver sustained, profitable growth. Our reinvestment priorities for the funds generated by this program are focused on: enabling technology and analytics, digital engagement, emerging markets and innovation and brand building.

Q. How is Colgate enhancing its innovation for growth?

A. At Colgate's nine consumer innovation centers, strategically located around the world, marketing personnel work closely with consumers, scientists and other researchers, external organizations and academia to develop a steady stream of insight-driven, value-added new products across all of our categories.

One recent example is Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer toothpaste, which provides a significant advance in cavity protection, a disease that over five billion people suffer from globally. Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer is the first and only anti-cavity toothpaste that directly fights sugar acids in plaque, the leading cause of cavities. In emerging markets, where this disease condition is most prevalent, we are working with local health ministries through Colgate's "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" oral health education initiative to make a public health program part of what drives this product around the world.

In personal care, we are reaching new consumers with Protex for Men bar soap and shower gel. Clinically proven to provide 10 times more protection against odor-causing bacteria than ordinary bar soap, Protex for Men is being supported with a fully integrated marketing campaign focused on the idea, "Man enough to be a dad, man enough to have your own soap." Succeeding across Latin America, the launch contributed to Protex gaining new market leadership in bar soaps and shower gels in Brazil.

Q. Colgate is often cited for its best-in-class go-to-market execution. How is Colgate improving its execution on the ground?

A. By strengthening our fundamentals on the ground, we are improving how Colgate people engage with customers and consumers on a daily basis.

In countries like India, we are expanding our reach to even more small stores in remote areas. Partnering with distributors, Colgate salespeople are using vans to deliver our products directly to these small stores and working with store owners to ensure that the best strategic assortment of Colgate products are available, with improved visibility at the shelf. This has contributed to strong market share performance in India, where our leading toothpaste market share increased 80 basis points in 2013 to 53.7% nationally and increased 170 basis points to 56.2% in rural areas.

Excellence on the ground is equally important in developed markets. In Australia, a complete go-to-market program for new Palmolive foaming hand soap included television and digital elements, as well as a very strong in-store component that included in-store ambassadors demonstrating the product and eye-catching displays. This fully integrated marketing campaign helped drive our leading market share in liquid hand soap to over 40% for the year.

Q. Please discuss how Colgate is sharpening its use of business analytics to drive growth.

A. At Colgate, we believe competency in analytics facilitates faster, smarter decisions, allowing us to execute better on the ground.

Building on our long use of basic analytics, such as measuring retail market share and new product trial and repeat rates, we are now taking our competency in this area to the next level. We are using more advanced business analytics including marketing mix modeling, pricing sensitivity analyses and the use of daily point-of-sale data received from retailers to drive profitable growth for Colgate and the category overall. These strategic tools are helping us improve our promotional mix and optimize our product assortment at the shelf, leading to higher returns on investment.

Q. How is the Company capitalizing on new digital opportunities?

A. At Colgate, we are using digital media to engage consumers in many new and entertaining ways.

In China, a very social media-responsive country, we ran a promotion for Colgate 360° toothpaste to find "China's Healthiest Mouth." The competitive nationwide search centered around an online reality show with a popular celebrity host. Digital was at the core of the integrated marketing campaign using a variety of social media, including Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, and extensive mobile engagement. The campaign resulted in 170 million social media impressions, 1.3 million votes, 19 million video views, and Colgate's leading toothpaste market share in China grew to 33.6% for the year.

In another campaign in Europe, Colgate engaged digital-savvy target consumers by inviting them to enter the "Max White One Fashion Shoot" competition for the most winning smile. A specially created digital application helped entrants experience a personalized photo shoot using photos taken with their webcam. The photo arrays were posted online in the Colgate Smile Gallery and were able to be shared through different social media platforms where anyone could vote for the most beautiful smile. The contest contributed to growing market share for Colgate Max White One toothpaste throughout the region.

Q. The Hill's business saw a return to growth in 2013. Do you expect this positive momentum to continue in 2014?

A. We are very pleased with Hill's progress and are planning for continued growth in 2014 driven by a rich pipeline of new product innovation, an elevated focus on engaging with our customers in the pet specialty channel and by continuing to provide the veterinary profession with superior nutritional solutions for pets and their pet parents.

In the U.S., Hill's Ideal Balance, our recent entry in the naturals segment, has received strong retail support and is getting excellent trial and repeat purchases. We are currently rolling out several new innovations in this line, including Hill's Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy and Hill's Ideal Balance Active. Strong marketing support behind these products will continue with television ads, extensive consumer sampling, in-store nutritional consultants and eye-catching displays. Building on this success, Hill's Ideal Balance is now rolling out worldwide.

Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic continues to drive our global share of the weight category. This breakthrough weight management diet is now sold in over 50 countries, helping pets lose weight for a healthier and longer life.

In the feline urinary category, the largest feline therapeutic nutrition category globally, the launch of Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Urinary Stress is just getting underway in Europe and will be rolled out globally in 2014. This diet is clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis ("FIC"), the most common urinary tract disease in cats and contains ingredients to help manage stress, one of the risk factors for FIC.

Q. What is the Company doing to develop its next generation of leaders?

A. Long recognized as one of the world's top companies for leaders, Colgate supports and encourages leadership at every level in the organization in many different ways. Our strategy starts with identifying the best talent early, then offering continuous learning opportunities through a comprehensive training curriculum, constructive feedback and coaching, and work that is both challenging and exciting. We are continually developing new programs to meet evolving leadership and business challenges, as well as strengthening and expanding current programs, which are all taught by Colgate people.

We are also leveraging technology so that Colgate people can be more actively engaged in their learning and development. Our new learning management system, enabled by SAP® software, helps employees and managers explore and access learning opportunities. Other easily accessible, mobile-enabled collaboration tools from IBM allow Colgate people all over the world to connect in realtime and share knowledge about our business and about their work.

Q. What is the Company's outlook for 2014?

A. Looking forward, we expect our growth momentum to continue in 2014. Our new product pipeline around the world is very full, and we are pleased that our global restructuring program is on track and proceeding smoothly.

We are a strongly aligned global team focused everywhere on strengthening our fundamentals to sustain profitable growth worldwide. Our global strategic initiatives have proven durable and effective in delivering strong results despite competitive and macroeconomic challenges and will continue to guide our efforts in 2014.

As we move ahead together, I would like to thank all Colgate people worldwide for their personal commitment to achieving our goals with the highest ethical standards, and express appreciation for the support of our customers, suppliers, shareholders and directors.

Ian Cook

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

*In the questions and answers provided, the Company's results and outlook are discussed excluding charges resulting from the implementation of the 2012 Restructuring Program and certain other items in 2013 and 2012. A complete reconciliation between reported results (GAAP) and results excluding these items (Non-GAAP), including a description of such items, is available on Colgate's web site and on the Non-GAAP Reconciliation page of this report.

Board Of Directors

Ian Cook

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company

Mr. Cook joined Colgate in the United Kingdom in 1976 and progressed through a series of senior management roles around the world. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2004, with responsibility for operations in North America, Europe, Central Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2005, Mr. Cook was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Colgate operations worldwide, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Elected director in 2007 and Chairman in 2009. Age 61

Nikesh Arora

Independent Director

Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google, Inc.

Mr. Arora has been Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google since 2011. He has held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google since 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Arora held a series of key positions at T-Mobile International and Fidelity Investments. Elected director in 2012. Age 46

John T. Cahill

Independent Director

Chairman, Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Prior to joining Kraft Foods in 2012, Mr. Cahill was an industrial partner at Ripplewood Holdings LLC from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Cahill was CEO of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. from 2001 to 2003, Chairman and CEO from 2003 to 2006, and Executive Chairman from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, he held multiple senior financial and operating leadership positions at PepsiCo Inc. Elected director in 2005. Age 56

Helene D. Gayle

Independent Director

President and Chief Executive Officer of CARE USA

Prior to joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle was an executive in the Global Health program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2001 to 2006. She previously held multiple key positions at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Elected director in 2010. Age 58

Ellen M. Hancock

Independent Director

Former President of Jazz Technologies, Inc. (formerly Acquicor Technology), 2005-2007

Mrs. Hancock previously was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, Inc., Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer at Apple Computer Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at National Semiconductor and Senior Vice President at IBM. Elected director in 1988. Age 70

Joseph Jimenez

Independent Director

Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG

Prior to joining Novartis in 2007, Mr. Jimenez was President and CEO of H.J. Heinz's European business from 2002 to 2006 and was President and CEO of Heinz's North American business from 1998 to 2002. He previously held senior leadership positions at ConAgra Grocery Products. Elected director in 2010. Age 54

Richard J. Kogan

Independent Director

Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Schering-Plough Corporation, 1996-2003

Mr. Kogan was also Chairman of Schering-Plough Corporation from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Kogan joined Schering-Plough as Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations in 1982 and became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1986. Elected director in 1996. Age 72

Delano E. Lewis

Independent Director

Former Senior Fellow, New Mexico State University, 2006-2011

Mr. Lewis served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa from December 1999 to July 2001, Chief Executive Officer and President of National Public Radio from 1994 to 1998, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company from 1988 to 1993, which he joined in 1973. Director from 1991 to 1999 and since 2001. Age 75

J. Pedro Reinhard

Independent Director

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, 1996-2005

Mr. Reinhard served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and Executive Vice President from 1996 to 2005. He previously held a series of senior international financial and operating positions at The Dow Chemical Company. Mr. Reinhard was a Director of The Dow Chemical Company from 1995 to 2007. Elected director in 2006. Age 68

Stephen I. Sadove

Independent Director

Former Chief Executive Officer, Saks Incorporated, 2006-2013

Mr. Sadove was also Chairman of Saks Incorporated from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Sadove joined the management team of Saks as Vice Chairman in 2002, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2006. He previously held a series of key positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Elected director in 2007. Age 62

Audit Committee: John T. Cahill, Chair, Ellen M. Hancock, Richard J. Kogan, Stephen I. Sadove
Finance Committee: Ellen M. Hancock, Chair, Nikesh Arora, Joseph Jimenez, Richard J. Kogan, Delano E. Lewis, J. Pedro Reinhard
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: Delano E. Lewis, Chair, Helene D. Gayle, Ellen M. Hancock, Joseph Jimenez
Personnel and Organization Committee: Richard J. Kogan, Chair, John T. Cahill, Helene D. Gayle, Delano E. Lewis, J. Pedro Reinhard, Stephen I. Sadove

More information about Colgate's corporate governance commitment can be found on Colgate's Governance web site.

Management Team

*Ian Cook, Age 61
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

See biographical information on the Board of Directors page of this report.

*Fabian Garcia, Age 54
Chief Operating Officer, Global Innovation and Growth, Europe/South Pacific & Hill's Pet Nutrition

Mr. Garcia joined Colgate in 2003 as President, Colgate-Asia Pacific. He was appointed to his current position in 2010, with expanded responsibility for Hill's Pet Nutrition in 2012. Most recently he was EVP, President, Colgate-Latin America & Global Sustainability. Prior to joining Colgate, Mr. Garcia was Senior Vice President of International Operations at the Timberland Company.

*Franck J. Moison, Age 60
Chief Operating Officer, Emerging Markets & Business Development

After joining Colgate in France in 1978, Mr. Moison advanced through marketing and management positions in Colgate-Europe and at the corporate level. He was appointed to his current position in 2010, with expanded responsibility for Business Development in 2013. Most recently he was President, Global Marketing, Supply Chain & Technology.

*Dennis Hickey, Age 65
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hickey became CFO in January 2011, having most recently been Colgate's Vice President and Corporate Controller since 1998. Since joining Colgate in 1977, Mr. Hickey has held key financial positions for the Company's European and North American business units, the Corporate Audit unit and a variety of business strategy leadership assignments.

*Andrew D. Hendry, Age 66
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Mr. Hendry joined Colgate in 1991 from Unisys, where he was Vice President and General Counsel. A graduate of Georgetown University and NYU Law School, Mr. Hendry has also been a corporate attorney at a New York law firm and at Reynolds Metals Company (now part of Alcoa, Inc.).

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*Corporate Officer

Jesper Andersen VP, Colgate-North America

Manuel Arrese VP, Global Supply Chain

Joseph J. Auriemma VP, Global Insights

Issam Bachaalani VP & GM, Global Toothbrush Division

Daniel Bagley VP, Global R&D

Angel Dario Belalcazar VP, Global R&D

Andrea Bernard VP, Global Legal

Joseph M. Bertolini VP, Global Finance

Steve Bezer VP, Colgate-U.S.

Scott Bixby VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

*Peter Brons-Poulsen President & CEO, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Don Buchner VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

*Nigel B. Burton Chief Marketing Officer

Marsha Butler VP, Global Oral Care

Scott Cain VP, Global Finance

Burc Cankat VP & GM, Colgate-Russia

Francesco Cantini VP & GM, Colgate-Southern Europe

James Capraro VP, Global Information Technology

Rosario Carlino VP, Colgate-Africa/Eurasia

Antonio Caro President & GM, Colgate-Philippines

Maria Elisa Carvajal VP & GM, Professional Oral Care

Natasha Chen VP & GM, Colgate-Turkey

Constantina Christopoulou VP, Global R&D

Martin J. Collins VP, Global Legal

Caroline Combemale VP & GM, Colgate-U.S.

*Michael A. Corbo VP, Global Supply Chain

Mike Crowe Chief Information Officer

Rich Cuprys VP, Global R&D

*Alec de Guillenchmidt President, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

Marianne DeLorenzo VP, Global Information Technology

*Mukul Deoras President, Colgate-Asia

Bill DeVizio VP, Global R&D

Robert W. Dietz VP, Global Design & Packaging

Catherine Dillane VP, Global Human Resources

*Victoria Dolan VP & Corporate Controller

Gordon Dumesich VP & GM, Hill's Pet Nutrition-Japan

Philip Durocher VP & GM, Colgate-U.S.

Bradley Farr VP & GM, Colgate-South Africa

Jean-Luc Fischer VP & GM, Colgate-France/Belgium

Betsy Fishbone VP, Global Legal

Laura Flavin VP, Global Human Resources

Nadine Flynn VP, Global Legal

*Stephen J. Fogarty Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

Scott Geldart VP & GM, Colgate-East-West Africa Region

Diana Geofroy VP, Colgate-Mexico

Derek Gordon VP & GM, Colgate-U.S.

Taylor Gordy VP, Colgate-U.S.

Peter Graylin VP, Global Legal

*Tom Greene Chief Information & Business Services Officer

Jan Guifarro VP, Corporate Communications

Luis Gutierrez VP & GM, Colgate-Andean Region

Jack J. Haber VP, Global Advertising & Digital

Suzan F. Harrison President, Global Oral Care

Roland Heincke VP, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

Brett Henshaw VP, Global Oral Care

Raymond Ho VP, Colgate-Asia

Bob Holland VP, Ethics & Compliance

Al Horning VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Nina Huffman VP, Global Legal

Traci Hughes-Velez VP, Colgate-Latin America

*John J. Huston SVP, Office of The Chairman

Henning Jakobsen VP, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

N. Jay Jayaraman VP, Global R&D

Elyse Kane VP, Colgate-North America

Raj Kohli VP, Global R&D

Kostas Kontopanos President, Hill's Pet Nutrition, North America

John Kooyman VP, Colgate-Africa/Eurasia

Wojciech Krol VP & GM, Colgate-Central Europe East

Andrea Lagioia VP & GM, Colgate-Southern Cone Region

Leo Laitem VP, Global R&D

Stephane Lionnet VP, Colgate-Asia

Diane Loiselle VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Moira Loten VP, Global Oral Care

William H. Lunderman VP, Global Design & Packaging

Louis Mancinelli VP, Global Supply Chain

*Daniel B. Marsili SVP, Global Human Resources

*Ronald T. Martin VP, Global Sustainability & Social Responsibility

Pablo Mascolo VP, Colgate-Latin America

Paul McGarry VP, Global Information Technology

Nadine Karp McHugh VP, Global Media

Lori Michelin VP, Global Supply Chain

Tom Mintel VP, Global Toothbrush Division

Pascal Montilus VP, Global Supply Chain

Josue M. Muñoz VP, Global Supply Chain

Francisco Muñoz Ramirez VP & GM, Hill's Pet Nutrition-Europe

Vinod Nambiar VP & GM, Colgate-China

James A. Napolitano VP & GM, Colgate-Canada

Debra Nichols VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Ed Oblon VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Tom O'Brien Chief Executive Officer, Tom's of Maine

*Elaine Paik VP & Corporate Treasurer

Prabha Parameswaran VP & GM, Colgate-India

Ellen Park VP, Global Legal

Terrell Partee VP, Global R&D

Chris E. Pedersen VP & GM, Colgate-South Pacific

Hector Pedraza VP & GM, Colgate-Central America Region

Brent Peterson VP, Global Human Resources

Robert C. Pierce VP, Global R&D

Spencer Pingel VP, Global Analytics

Massimo Poli VP & GM, Colgate-U.K. & Ireland

Ricardo Ramos VP & GM, Colgate-Brazil

Christopher Rector VP, Hill's Pet Nutrition

Riccardo Ricci VP & GM, Colgate-Nordic Group

Debashish Roy VP, Colgate-Africa/Eurasia

Louis Ruggiere VP & GM, Hawley & Hazel-Taiwan

Bernal Saborio VP & GM, Colgate-Caribbean Region

Jeffrey Salguero VP, Global Advertising

David Scharf VP, Colgate-Latin America

Dany Schmidt VP, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

Julio Semanate VP, Colgate-Asia

Alain Semeneri VP, Global Customer Development

Drew Shepard VP & GM, Colgate-Thailand

Scott Sherwood VP & GM, Central Europe West

Phil Shotts VP, Global Finance

James C. Shoultz VP & GM, Colgate-Mexico

*Justin Skala President, Colgate-North America & Global Sustainability

Michael Sload VP & GM, Global Personal Care

Andreas Somers VP, Global R&D

Rick Spann VP, Global Supply Chain

Vangelis Spyridakos VP, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

Neil Stout VP, Global

Toothbrush Division Robert Tatera VP, Colgate-Africa/Eurasia

Orlando Tenorio VP, Colgate-Asia

*Bina H. Thompson SVP, Investor Relations

Richard Thorogood VP, Global Insights

Linda Topping VP & Chief Procurement Officer

Ann Tracy VP, Colgate-Europe/South Pacific

Paul Trueax VP, Colgate-North America

*Panagiotis Tsourapas President, Colgate-Africa/Eurasia

Bill Van de Graaf VP & GM, Colgate-U.S.

*Patricia Verduin Chief Technology Officer

Lucie Claire Vincent VP & GM, Global Home Care

*Noel R. Wallace President, Colgate-Latin America

Jerome Webb VP, Division General Counsel, Colgate-Asia

Cliff Wilkins VP, Division General Counsel, Colgate-North America

*Francis M. Williamson VP, Colgate-Latin America

Ruben Young VP & GM, Colgate-Venezuela

Juan Pablo Zamorano VP, Colgate-U.S.

Alberico Zenzola VP, Colgate-Latin America

Julie A. Zerbe VP, Global Human Resources

Sustainability Commitment

Colgate is pleased to report great progress in 2013 on our 2011 to 2015 Sustainability Strategy commitments. In 2013 the Company was again named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Leadership Index, was ranked as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Magazine, was named a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR 2013 Partner of the Year with Sustained Excellence in Energy Management and was selected for the CDP Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. In addition to the highlights below, more about Colgate's sustainability strategy progress is available on Colgate's Sustainability web site at


Promoting Healthier Lives


Contributing to the Communities Where We Live and Work


Delivering Products That Delight Consumers and Respect Our Planet


Making Every Drop of Water Count


Reducing Our Impact on Climate and the Environment

• Colgate launched health and wellness risk assessments in 14 countries in 2013. More than 11,000 Colgate employees were invited to take advantage of this new health management tool.

• Over 20,000 Colgate employees reached the goal of 500 minutes of healthy activity during the July Global Health Activity Challenge, together logging in over 12.9 million minutes.

• Colgate published an updated HIV/AIDS Policy to combat HIV/ AIDS among employees, their families and the community.

• Colgate's "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" oral health education program reached 50 million children in 2013, for a total of 750 million children since its inception in 1991.

• Hill's Pet Nutrition contributed pet food with a retail value of more than $7.5 million in 2013, which adds up to more than $275 million to nearly 1,000 shelters since the program's inception in 2002. These donations have helped more than 7 million dogs and cats find their forever home.

• Colgate donated over $200,000 in cash and in-kind contributions in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Colgate employees and their families in the Philippines volunteered with the Red Cross.

• Colgate made commitments to eliminate formaldehyde donors, parabens, phthalates and microplastics from our products over the next two years. For more information see our Policy on Ingredient Safety on Colgate's Sustainability web site.

• In 2013, the number of new products evaluated with our Product Sustainability Scorecard nearly doubled. Over 48% of the products were determined to be "more sustainable," having an improvement in at least one of the following areas: responsible sourcing, raw materials, water, waste, energy/GHG, ingredient profile, packaging and social.(1)(2)

• From 2005 to 2013, Colgate reduced water use per ton of production by nearly 33%, avoiding enough water use to fill over 5,700 Olympic-sized swimming pools.(2)

• Since 2010, Colgate has promoted water conservation awareness among over 250 million consumers. In 2013, Colgate added reminders to our packaging for consumers to conserve water, with plans to expand the message in 2014.

• Colgate launched a partnership with Water for People, bringing clean drinking water and sanitation to over 10,000 people in India and Guatemala. Plans are in place to expand this partnership in 2014.

• From 2005 to 2013, Colgate reduced greenhouse gas emissions per ton of production by approximately 16%, avoiding emissions equivalent to removing over 140,000 passenger cars from the road for one year.(2)

• Colgate has reduced the amount of waste per ton of production sent to landfills by over 17% in the past three years.(2)

• In concert with the Consumer Goods Forum, Colgate is committing to mobilize resources to help us achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.

  • (1) Representative products from our product portfolio are evaluated against comparable products to characterize likely improvement in the sustainability profile based on quantitative and qualitative data.
  • (2) Subject to final certification by third party auditor.