Our Commitment to Responsibility & Sustainability

Church & Dwight’s growth and continued health as a company are entirely predicated on trust: the trust of our customers, consumers, employees, suppliers, investors, regulators, and communities. It is this trust that has allowed us to thrive over the course of our 170-year history. Building and retaining that trust is at the foundation of our approach to sustainability. It is our daily goal to make great products in a way that upholds our values and honors our heritage.

Our Focus Areas

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Our Products

We make safe, high-quality products that bring value to our consumers and customers.

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Our Employees

We attract and retain top talent by offering a great work environment.

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Our Operations

We run a sustainable business and pursue continual improvement in ethical, environmental, and safety performance.

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Our Communities

We strengthen the communities where our employees and consumers live and where we operate.

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Sustainability Governance

As our product portfolio has become more diverse and the sustainability issues we face more complex, our sustainability governance is evolving to become more collaborative and cross-functional. To ensure sustainability is integrated into all parts of our business and to drive continual improvement in our sustainability approach and performance, in 2016, we established a Corporate Issues Council. The Council, which is comprised of senior leaders representing functional areas across the enterprise, is taking the lead in defining, evolving, and implementing our sustainability strategies concerning ingredients, packaging, environmental impacts, and human rights and labor conditions in our operations and supply chain. Its duties include ensuring that we engage with stakeholders; monitor, prioritize, and address evolving standards and stakeholder requirements; allocate resources to appropriately address sustainability issues; and report on progress.

The Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, Inc. (EGF) is the company’s workplace giving program. It was established in 2005 to support charitable organizations primarily in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, the region where our corporate headquarters is located and where many of our employees reside.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the EGF is supported by employees’ contributions, which are matched dollar for dollar by Church & Dwight. The EGF enables our employees to help their communities by:

  • Actively supporting and participating in the good works of not-for-profit organizations
  • Directing our contributions to selected charitable organizations

Church & Dwight is a member of Product Care®, the Consumer Specialty Products Association’s (CSPA) product stewardship program. Through Product Care®, Church & Dwight participates in training sessions and mentor relationships with other member companies. Together with CSPA we are currently developing industry-wide management principles across seven product life cycle areas, ranging from product design to anticipated disposal needs.

Through our Specialty Products Division (SPD) Specialty Chemicals Group, we actively participate in Responsible Care®, the American Chemistry Council’s voluntary program to help companies improve their environmental, health and safety, and security performance beyond U.S. environmental and safety regulations and standards. SPD applies the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS): a structured approach to improving company performance in community awareness and emergency response, security, distribution, employee health and safety, pollution prevention, and process and product safety. In 2015 our SPD corporate operations in Princeton, NJ underwent a third-party audit that confirmed and recertified its adherence with the RCMS technical standards.