The Procter & Gamble Company (2016 – Present)

The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) is a nearly 180-year-old global consumer packaged goods company specializing in personal care products and cleaning agents. Among the company’s iconic brands are Tide laundry detergent, Crest toothpaste, Gillette razors and Pampers disposable baby diapers.

Trian initiated its investment in P&G in November 2016, believing that the company fit the profile of many Trian investments (e.g., an industry leader with an attractive asymmetric risk/reward profile, substantial market cap, strong balance sheet, and significant free cash flow). Trian believes strongly in P&G’s potential.

Nelson Peltz joined the P&G Board of Directors on March 1, 2018, following the December 2017 announcement of such appointment. Trian is working closely with P&G toward shared goals of driving market share growth and improved margins to create more value for all P&G shareholders.

Sector: Consumer

Fun Fact: P&G first introduced Ivory soap in 1879. Its slogan “9944/100% Pure” was based on an independent laboratory analysis and was P&G’s first scientific claim.

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ESG Highlights

  • Favorable ISS Governance ScoreReceived a 1 on ISS’s QualityScore metric (as of March 1, 2019), the highest possible score (out of 10)
  • New Product Innovation P&G has the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made with recycled beach plastic and the first predominantly bio-based detergent (manufactured at a 100% wind-powered facility)
  • WaterP&G has reduced water use in its manufacturing facilities by 20% per unit of production and, through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, has donated more than 14 billion liters of potable water since 2004
  • DiversityP&G has a target whereby women direct 50% of their advertisements by 2023. 46% of all P&G managers globally are women (as of November 2018).
  • ClimateIn 2010, P&G established various sustainability goals including reducing its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 and reducing energy use at its facilities by 20% per unit of production (achieved), with a long-term vision of powering all its plants with 100% renewable electricity (in NA by 2020, globally by 2030) and to have 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2030
  • Sustainable Supply Chain: 85% of manufacturing plants have achieved goal of sending zero manufacturing waste to landfill. Almost 100% of the packaging used in Charmin, Puffs and Bounty is recyclable. In January 2019, P&G announced new “collect and recycle” circular solutions that help eliminate waste as a part of a partnership with LoopTM, a circular e-commerce platform developed by international recycling leader TerraCycle
  • Brands Making a Positive ImpactTide purclean™ is certified 65% bio-based, with 100% recyclable packaging, and is produced at a plant that sends zero manufacturing waste to landfill. Since the Pampers + UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign began in 2006, more than half a million newborn babies have been saved from maternal and newborn tetanus (MNT), and the disease has been eliminated in 20 countries

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