The Colgate-Palmolive Company is a worldwide consumer products company known for its household, health care and personal care products, with global brands sold in over 200 countries and territories.
The current Earthworm Foundation-Colgate work plan focuses on the following objectives:
Colgate adopted a No Deforestation policy in March 2014 and became an Earthworm Foundation member in 2015.
In 2016, Colgate began using the Engagement for Policy Implementation (EPI) tool to enhance progress on their supplier engagement and policy implementation. They also co-funded assessments with two suppliers in Ecuador and contributed to ART in a major supplier’s supply shed in Indonesia.
In 2017, Colgate began tracing its derivatives supply and expanding its in-depth supplier engagement work via EPI to its Thai suppliers. They also began supporting Earthworm’s Indonesian Landscape Initiative and funded a Centre for Social Excellence (CSE) training in Aceh Tamiang, Indonesia.
Colgate began publishing a mill list for its top palm oil suppliers in May 2018. They also continued to support transformation activities in Indonesia, including the Indonesia Landscape Initiative, a Support for Transformation (SFT) mill training and EF’s flagship smallholder program, Rurality.
Earthworm Foundation supports Colgate-Palmolive in adapting to an environment of increasingly shared responsibility across the palm oil industry by facilitating their efforts to trace their palm supply chains, engage their suppliers on the implementation of their responsible palm oil sourcing policy, and address instances of open grievances and high risk suppliers in their supply chain. This work enables Colgate to accurately and efficiently report on their efforts to meet expectations for transparency and industry-wide action.
Colgate in turn is supporting transformation through Earthworm initiatives that together represent a strategic and coordinated approach to on-the-ground change on key challenges in both their palm oil supply chain and in the greater palm industry. Colgate engages its key suppliers on their own transformation activities, ensuring all nodes of the supply chain are held accountable for creating a sustainable palm industry.
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