Procter & Gamble (owner of Secret)
• Procter & Gamble manufactures cosmetics, personal care products, pet food and household cleaners.
• Procter & Gamble has been criticized for failing to remove unsafe and potentially carcinogenic ingredients and from its personal products.
• Environmental groups have criticized Proctor & Gamble for working to weaken Europe's laws regarding toxins in household products and for funding an organization that fought GMO disclosure laws.
• Labor rights organizations have accused Procter & Gamble's Guangzhou factory of forcing "temporary" employees to work 12 hour days and lobbying against minimal labor standards in China.
• Some of Procter & Gamble’s products are still tested on animals.
• Use Go Green to find environmentally friendly and healthy alternatives.
-- Profile Updated 04/26/2012
About Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble manufactures cosmetics, personal care products, pet food and household cleaners. The Cincinnati-based company employs 138,000 people and reported revenue of $68.22 billion in 2006. P&G is the parent company of companies such as Clairol, and more recently, shaving supply company Global Gillette.
U.K.-based animal protection organization, Uncaged Campaigns has a boycott against Procter and Gamble for what they call, "disturbing examples of P&G’s ongoing involvement in painful and lethal animal tests." For ten years they have had an annual "Global Day of Action" against P&G.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Everyday products such as shampoo, deodorant and make-up contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health consequences. Cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use almost any chemical as an ingredient without government approval; however, some leading companies agree that cosmetics should be made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. Over 600 companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to make safe products and the campaign is calling for all cosmetics companies to do the same.
Belcosa Distribuidora de Cosmeticos Ltda. - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Belvedere USA Corporation - Belvidere, IL
- Clairol Caribe - San Juan, PR
Clairol Caribe - San Juan, PR
- Clairol's Consumer Products Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Clairol, Inc. - Stamford, CT
- Clairol, Professional Products Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Cosmital S.A. - Marly, Switzerland
- Cosmopolitan Cosmetics GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA, Inc. - New York, NY
- Cover Girl Cosmetics - Hunt Valley, MD
- Iams Company - Dayton, OH
- Kadabell GmbH & Co. KG - Lenzkirch, Germany
- Modern Hairdressing Supplies (Pty) Ltd. - Cape Town, South Africa
- Noxell Corp. (U.K.) Ltd. - Weybridge, United Kingdom
- Noxell Corporation - Hunt Valley, MD
- Olay Co., Inc. - Cayey, PR
- Ondal Industrietechnik GmbH - Hunfeld, Germany
- P&G (M) Sdn Bhd - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
- P&G (S) Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- P&G Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- P&G Philippines Inc. - Makati, Philippines
- Pacam Inc. - Panama, Panama
- Pacific Beauty Care Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- Pantene GmbH - Schwalbach, Germany
- Procter & Gamble - Espoo, Finland
- Procter & Gamble - Rakona A.S. - Prague, Czech Republic
- Procter & Gamble AG - Geneva, Switzerland
- Procter & Gamble Australia Pty. Ltd. - Rydalmere, Australia
- Procter & Gamble Austria GmbH - Vienna, Austria
- Procter & Gamble Benelux B.V. - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Procter & Gamble Benelux S.A. - Strombeek-Bever, Belgium
- Procter & Gamble Beverage Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Cleaning & Paper Products Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Commercial Company - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Cosmetics Co. - Hunt Valley, MD
- Procter & Gamble de Venezuela, S.C.A. - Caracas, Venezuela
- Procter & Gamble Distributing - Auckland, New Zealand
- Procter & Gamble Distributing Company - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble do Brasil S.A. - Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Procter & Gamble Espana, S.A. - Madrid, Spain
- Procter & Gamble Far East, Inc.-Japan Headquarters - Kobe, Japan
- Procter & Gamble Food Products Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble France SNC - Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
- Procter & Gamble Global Fabric & Home Care Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Global Food & Beverage Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble GmbH - Schwalbach, Germany
- Procter & Gamble Health & Beauty Care Belgium - Strombeek-Bever, Belgium
- Procter & Gamble Health & Beauty Care Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Health & Beauty Care Limited - Weybridge, United Kingdom
- Procter & Gamble Health Products - Cayey, PR
- Procter & Gamble Hellas Limited - Athens, Greece
- Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Limited - Mumbai, India
- Procter & Gamble Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- Procter & Gamble Inc. - North York, Canada
- Procter & Gamble Indonesia - Jakarta, Indonesia
- Procter & Gamble Laundry Products Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Ltd - Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
- Procter & Gamble Ltd. - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Procter & Gamble Manufacturing (Ireland) Limited - Nenagh, Ireland
- Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Manufacturing GmbH - Gross-Gerau, Germany
- Procter & Gamble Nordic, Inc. - Stockholm, Sweden
- Procter & Gamble Olestra Division - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Peru SRL - Lima, Peru
- Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals PR - Manati, PR
- Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Cincinnati, OH
- Procter & Gamble Portugal - Porto, Portugal
- Procter & Gamble SA de CV - Mexico, Mexico
- Procter & Gamble Srl - Rome, Italy
- Procter & Gamble Technical Center - Egham, United Kingdom
- Procter & Gamble-Cosmetics Division - Weybridge, United Kingdom
- Procter And Gamble Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. - Toronto, Canada
- Productora de Cosmeticos S.A. de C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
- Productos Cosmeticos S.A. - Madrid, Spain
- Sofipar International Italy S.R.L. - Milan, Italy
- Sosepar - Paris, France
- The Folger Coffee Company - Kansas City, MO
- The Iams Co. - Chambly, Canada
- The Procter & Gamble Company Canada - Toronto, Canada
- The Wella Corporation - Woodland Hills, CA
- Tondeo-Werk GmbH - Solingen, Germany
- Vidal Sassoon - Cincinnati, OH
- Wella (Suisse) S.A. - Allschwil, Switzerland
- Wella AB - Taby, Sweden
- Wella AG - Darmstadt, Germany
- Wella Austria Interkosmetik Gesellschaft mbH - Linz, Austria
- Wella Beteiligungen AG - Fribourg, Switzerland
- Wella Canada Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- Wella Cosmetics (China) Co., Ltd. - Tianjin, China
- Wella Denmark A/S - Lynge, Denmark
- Wella Italiana Labocos S.p.A. - Castiglione della Stiviere, Italy
- Wella Japan Co., Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Wella Kozmetik Sanyi ve Ticaret A.S. - Istanbul, Turkey
- Wella New Zealand Ltd. - Auckland, New Zealand
- Wick Pharma - Schwalbach Taunus, Germany
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Ethics and Governance
• Procter& Gamble selected their chief operating officer, Robert A. McDonald, as their company's next president. McDonald's plans for Procter & Gamble include opening up plants in areas of the world such as Pakistan and Nigeria. Another strategy of is increased marketing and business in countries such as India, China, and Brazil. By placing Procter & Gamble on the international market, McDonald believes that the company will be able to double its sales.
-- New York Times, 06/10/2009
Procter & Gamble has teamed up with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to provide tetanus vaccines for mothers and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The vaccines are funded through sales of Pampers Diapers, a product of Procter and Gamble. The partnership has provided more than 7 million vaccines and plans to reach 10 million from sales of Pampers in the U.K alone. While receiving vaccines is beneficial to the health and well-being of Congolese citizens, less than 30 percent of whom have access to health centers, the company's motives for funding these vaccines is not entirely altruistic. Since the program's beginning, sales of Pampers have drastically increased and positive perceptions of the brand have gone up due to their association with such a highly respected charity.
-- Times (London), 10/06/2007
In 2006, Chairman and CEO A. Lafley made $25.14 million in total compensation including stock option grants from Procter & Gamble. From previous years, Lafley cashed out $4.23 million in stock option exercises. He has an additional $37.71 million in unexercised stock options from previous years.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommended disclosure of diversity data as a way to remove barriers and promote women and minority advancement, most US companies still fail to fully disclose EEO data to the public. P&G is listed as one of the companies that does not provide full public disclosure. The company provides full disclosure only upon request.
-- Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 12/07/2005
Source URL: www.siran.org/pdfs/calltoaction.pdf
Procter & Gamble was among the corporations criticized by Greenpeace for working to weaken European laws governing harmful chemicals in household products. The EU's 2003 draft legislation would have imposed strict safety standards, requiring companies such as P&G to disclose and reduce the use of harmful ingredients in its consumer products. Greenpeace states that as a result of industry intimidation and intense lobbying, safety regulations were significantly watered down, putting citizens at greater risk of exposure to toxic chemicals from everyday products.
-- Greenpeace International, 05/24/2004
Proctor and Gamble has done $1.325 million worth of business with the Pentagon between the years 1998 and 2003; this company annually makes the Pentagon's top 100 contractors list.
-- Center for Public Integrity, 01/01/2003
Procter & Gamble donated more than $80,000 to the Coalition Again$t the Costly Labeling Law, a group of companies that worked against Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required the labeling of GMO products sold in that state. The Coalition was successful in defeating the measure.
-- Oregon Secretary of State, 10/31/2002
Source URL: none available
Vice President Dick Cheney was a member of Procter and Gamble's board of Directors from 1993 through the 2000 presidential election. Controversy arose when there was a sex quiz for younger teens on P&G's newly launched Web site, BeingGirl. The quiz was dropped after the Republican National Convention in 2000 when Cheney's ties to the company were made known.
Cheney also served on the company's public policy, audit, and compensation committees. As a member of the Board, Cheney was eligible to receive a compensation of $55,000 per year, provided he attended 75% of the meetings, as well as stock and stock options. According to spokesperson Linda Ulrey, Cheney took part in the company's corporate charitable gifts program.
-- CNS News, 08/02/2000
Health and Safety
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetic released a report in March 2009 that revealed 23 out of the 28 children’s bath products they tested contained formaldehyde, a chemical that increases skin sensitivity and irritates nasal and respiratory passages in addition to being considered a probable carcinogen by the EPA. 32 of 48 tested products contained 1,4-dioxane, which is also considered a probable human carcinogen by the EPA and a byproduct of the chemical processes used to make petroleum-based ingredients gentler to the skin. Nearly two-thirds of all tested products contained both of these harmful toxins. Brands tested in this study include Bath & Body Works (Limited Brands), Johnson & Johnson, CVS/Pharmacy, Unilever, L’Oreal, Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, Target, Costco and Procter & Gamble. Organic Consumers Association has also recently released a report on brands that have sharply reduced levels of 1,4-dioxane since March 2008 that include 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods), Earth Friendly Products, Ecco Bella, Giovanni, Jason, Johnson & Johnson, Kiss My Face, Life Tree, Method, Nature’s Gate, Planet Ultra, and Seventh Generation.
-- USA Today, 03/12/2009
From vinyl shower curtains to children’s toys, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic products pervade our homes and lives. These products are dangerous to our health and environment from start to finish - in the factory, at home, and in the trash, releasing toxic chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects. The good news is safe and cost-effective alternatives exist and retailers such as Ikea have completely phased out PVC.
The following products made by Gillette/Procter & Gamble contain PVC plastic in the packaging:
- Fusion Razor (20001906)
- Mach3 Razor
- Turbo Razor
- Fusion Razor
- Venus Vibrance Razor
- Gillette For women - venus razor blade
- Gillette M3 Power razor blade
- Gillette Sensor 3 for women razor blade
- Gillette Venus divine razor blade
- Gillette m3 power nitro razor
-- Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), 07/18/2006
Source URL: www.besafenet.com/pvc/pvccompanies.htm
Friends of the Earth issued a report detailing the risks of nanomaterials found in cosmetics, sunscreens, and personal care products. The study demonstrates how a variety of nanoparticles can be toxic to human tissue and skin cultures. Numerous prominent cosmetic companies, such as Proctor & Gamble, L'Oreal, and Estee Lauder, continue to sell products containing nano-scale ingredients. Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on further commercial release of such products, a withdrawal of those currently on the market until further studies have been completed, and regulations put into place for the general public, workers manufacturing such products, and environment.
-- Friends of the Earth, 05/01/2006
In August 2005 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed suit against nine producers of potato chips and french fries concerning toxic contents in their popular foods. Lockyer sought a court order requiring the companies to warn consumers that some of their food products are made with acrylamide, a chemical identified by the state as a human carcinogen. California law (Proposition 65) states that companies are required to warn their consumers about products that contain chemicals which cause cancer or birth defects. Plaintiffs in the case include McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Frito Lay, H.J. Heinz, Procter & Gamble and Wendy's.
As of May 2007, Procter and Gamble has not reached a settlement.
-- ConsumerAffairs.com, 08/27/2005
Procter & Gamble was accused of illegally selling its genetically engineered Pringles Potato Chips in the Indian Market. A test conducted by an independent lab, Hong Kong DNA, affirmed that the chips, which were manufactured and imported from the U.S., contained Monsanto's GE Roundup Ready crops. Indian law demands that prior approval be granted by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee to companies selling engineered products. Neither Procter & Gamble or Monsanto had applied for the permit.
-- CorpWatch, 06/21/2001
Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=430
According to Global Labor Strategies (GLS), a nonprofit resource center for social movements, Procter & Gamble is one of the corporations “acting through business organizations like the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the US-China Business Council,” to lobby against China’s Draft Labor Contract Law. This new law proposed by the Chinese government aims to secure minimal labor standards for workers, such as enforceable labor contracts, severance pay regulations and negotiating power over workplace procedures and policies. A GLS report entitled: “Behind the Great Wall of China: U.S. Corporations Opposing New Rights for Chinese Workers,” notes that while the law will not eliminate labor problems in China, it is an important step in improving a system where poverty wages, lack of health and safety protections, and the absence of any legal contracts are common for Chinese workers. Organizations representing US companies have threatened to withdraw business from China if such a law is passed. Other companies lobbying agains the law include Google, Wal-Mart, Nike and General Electric.
-- Global Labor Strategies, 10/13/2006
According to China Labour Watch, employees classified as "temporary workers" in the Guangzhou Procter & Gamble factory are forced to work 12 hour shifts six days a week, with just four days off per month. The P&G facility does not permit paid holiday for weddings or funerals. The workers in question do not receive any "social insurance," which refers to the health, unemployment and pension insurance guaranteed under Chinese law. After working a 12 hour shift workers are forced to go to a separate distribution center to perform additional labor. Noncompliance will result in suspension. Chinese law mandates that workers are to have the benefits of social insurance and forced overtime is strictly forbidden.
-- China Labor Watch, 10/01/2005
Procter & Gamble rated the highest score--49--on Oxfam's rating of the 4 largest coffee roasters in 2003. According to Oxfam, "Procter & Gamble has been the clear leader in paying coffee farmers a decent price because it agreed earlier this year to buy small amounts of Fair Trade Certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee." However, Oxfam also points out that the company has few guidelines on buying Fair Trade coffee and has been lax in working within the industry to address the coffee crisis.
Companies were graded on the price they paid to farmers (70 percent), support for policy alternatives (10 percent), financial contributions (10 percent) and leadership in industry-wide initiatiives (10 percent). Other companies graded are Kraft, Nestle and Sara Lee.
-- Oxfam, 01/01/2003
Procter & Gamble, the maker of Folger's coffee and part of the coffee roaster oligopoly, was named one of the "10 Worst Corporations of 2002" by the Multinational Monitor for for failing to take action to address plummeting coffee bean prices. Low prices have pushed tens of thousands of farmers in Central America, Ethiopia, Uganda and elsewhere to the edge of poverty, or destroyed their means of livelihood altogether.
-- Multinational Monitor, 12/02/2002
Ethics and Governance
PETA is calling for a boycott of Iams pet food (a P&G subsidiary) after an undercover investigator spent 9 months documenting the treatment of animals tested in Iams-contacted laboratories. According to PETA , the investigator documented inhumane treatment of laboratory animals including dogs being dumped on cold concrete flooring after having huge chunks of muscle cut out of their thighs; dogs and cats going stir-crazy from confinement; dogs and cats in windowless, dungeon-like buildings; sticking tubes down dogs’ throats to force them to ingest vegetable oil; and dogs being surgically debarked. PETA is calling on Iams to end its lab testing immediately and rely on non-animal laboratory analysis, in-home testing with dogs and cats whose humane companions have volunteered them for such tests, and cooperative arrangements with shelters and veterinary clinics.
-- PETA, 06/05/2007
Source URL: www.IamsCruelty.com