Our commitment to responsible operations is the bedrock of our sustainability approach. By upholding high ethical standards, continually reducing our environmental impact, creating a safe workplace, and vigilantly maintaining our commitment to responsible sourcing, we have held our position as a trusted provider of household, personal care, and specialty products for over 170 years.
Every Church & Dwight employee is responsible for performing his or her duties with the highest ethical integrity. Our expectations of employees are detailed in our Code of Conduct, on which all employees receive mandatory training at a minimum of every two years. Employees also receive additional training on anti-harassment, anti-bribery, anti-trust, data privacy and security, and other compliance topics, as applicable, to ensure that all dealings and relationships are conducted in alignment with our Code, policies, and applicable legal standards.
Our supply chain is a significant part of our business and more than half of Church & Dwight employees support its day-to-day operations. We directly source from approximately 600 suppliers, the majority of which are located in North America. All of our suppliers are expected to comply with our Global Operations Guiding Principles, which were developed based on the principles of internationally recognized human rights and labor conditions and reflect our commitment to sustainable operations.
We recognize the negative impacts palm oil production can have on the environment and human rights. While Church & Dwight does not directly buy or use palm oil or palm kernel oil in our products, we do use ingredients derived from palm oil and palm kernel oil in products including liquid laundry detergents, gummy vitamins, animal feed products, oral care products, and feminine care products.
Learn more about our Palm Oil Sustainable Sourcing Commitment.
We are committed to ensuring that our products do not contain conflict minerals that have funded armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. Any supplier found to be in violation of our policies is subject to corrective action, which may include termination of business.
Learn more about our Conflict Minerals Policy.
Our business has nearly doubled in the past 14 years — and we anticipate growth to continue in the coming years. Our aim is to disassociate business growth from growth in our environmental footprint. To manage this, we have a strong environmental policy in place and we are taking decisive action across the company to optimize our operations.
In 2014, we set a goal to reduce our GHG emissions by 20%, normalized to million pounds of product shipped, by 2025. The GHG goal, which includes emissions from both our operations and shipping, equates to a reduction of more than 17 tons of CO2e per million pounds of product shipped. We will also be looking to increase our renewable energy use, our investment in offsets, and our use of more energy efficient shipping options.
Because water is a main ingredient in several of our products, water conservation and management is a particularly high priority. As we continue to increase production, we are actively looking for ways to avoid corresponding increases in water consumption. We implemented several water optimization projects, including:
- Steam condensate recovery and reuse efforts.
- Data monitoring and water conservation practices.
We are continually exploring ways to reduce waste as we increase production. For example, in our Montreal location in 2015, we implemented a corrugate box reuse program that enabled the reuse of 38 tons of corrugate for a total savings of 195 tons of CO2e. In 2017 and beyond, we will look for opportunities to apply this and other promising programs across the enterprise.