• Colgate-Palmolive produces personal care items and household cleaning products, including dental care products, deodorants, dishwashing soap, and more.
• Colgate-Palmolive promotes itself as a major philanthropist, participating in the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation for seriously ill children, the "Back to School with a Smile" program offering free dental health education, and its sponsorship of the "Reading is Fundamental" campaign.
• Colgate-Palmolive has an official policy against animal testing and has received wide praise for its pro-diversity and anti-discrimination measures.
• Colgate-Palmolive is one of numerous companies deemed responsible for hazardous waste at the Chemsol federal Superfund site in Piscataway, NJ.
• Colgate-Palmolive has failed to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which calls on companies to eliminate dangerous ingredients such as potential carcinogens, petroleum-based chemicals, and endocrine disruptors, which Colgate continues to use in its oral products and products that are absorbed through the skin.
• Use Go Green to find safe, eco-friendly personal care and cleaning alternatives.
-- Profile Updated 06/30/2010
New York City-based Colgate-Palmolive product lines include personal care, household cleaning products and pet foods. The company has 35,800 employees and reported sales of over $12.23 billion in 2006. In March 2006 Colgate purchased competing natural products company Tom's of Maine for $100 million.
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.
Colgate Oral Pharmaceutical (Division) - Canton, MA
- Colgate U.S.A. - New York, NY
- Colgate-Palmolive (Arkansas) - Rogers, AR
Colgate-Palmolive (Arkansas) - Rogers, AR
- Colgate-Palmolive (Caribbean), Inc. - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
- Colgate-Palmolive (Central America) - Panama, Panama
- Colgate-Palmolive (Central America) S.A. - Guatemala, Guatemala
- Colgate-Palmolive (Central America), Inc. - San Jose, Costa Rica
- Colgate-Palmolive (Central America), Inc. - Santa Tecla, El Salvador
- Colgate-Palmolive (Central America), Inc. - Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Colgate-Palmolive (E. Africa) Ltd. - Nairobi, Kenya
- Colgate-Palmolive (Eastern) Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- Colgate-Palmolive (Fiji) Ltd. - Suva, Fiji
- Colgate-Palmolive (Guyana) Ltd. - Georgetown, Guyana
- Colgate-Palmolive (Hellas) S.A. - Piraeus, Greece
- Colgate-Palmolive (HK) Ltd. - Causeway Bay, China (Hong Kong)
- Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd. - Mumbai, India
- Colgate-Palmolive (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
- Colgate-Palmolive (Thailand) Ltd. - Bangkok, Thailand
- Colgate-Palmolive - Bridgetown, Barbados
- Colgate-Palmolive - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Colgate-Palmolive A/S - Glostrup, Denmark
- Colgate-Palmolive AB - Danderyd, Sweden
- Colgate-Palmolive AG - Thalwil, Switzerland
- Colgate-Palmolive Argentina S.A. - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Colgate-Palmolive Belgium S.A. - Brussels, Belgium
- Colgate-Palmolive C.I.S.A. - Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
- Colgate-Palmolive Canada Inc. - Toronto, Canada
- Colgate-Palmolive CIA - Cali, Colombia
- Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Jamaica) Ltd. - Kingston, Jamaica
- Colgate-Palmolive Co., Institutional Products Div. - Morristown, NJ
- Colgate-Palmolive Company (Division) - Jeffersonville, IN
- Colgate-Palmolive Company - Morristown, NJ
- Colgate-Palmolive Del Ecuador, S.A. - Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Colgate-Palmolive Espada, S.A. - Madrid, Spain
- Colgate-Palmolive France - Bois-Colombes, France
- Colgate-Palmolive GmbH - Hamburg, Germany
- Colgate-Palmolive GmbH - Vienna, Austria
- Colgate-Palmolive Household Products Division - New York, NY
- Colgate-Palmolive Ireland - Dublin, Ireland
- Colgate-Palmolive Italia S.R.L. - Rome, Italy
- Colgate-Palmolive Ltd. (Subsidiary) - Guildford, United Kingdom
- Colgate-Palmolive Ltd. - Boksburg, South Africa
- Colgate-Palmolive Ltd. - Petone, New Zealand
- Colgate-Palmolive Ltda. - Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Colgate-Palmolive Maroc S.A. - Casablanca, Morocco
- Colgate-Palmolive Nederland - Weesp, Netherlands
- Colgate-Palmolive Personal Care Products Division - New York, NY
- Colgate-Palmolive Philippines Inc. - Makati, Philippines
- Colgate-Palmolive Portuguese Ltda - Queluz, Portugal
- Colgate-Palmolive Pty. Ltd. - Sydney, Australia
- Colgate-Palmolive Zambia Inc. - Ndola, Zambia
- Colgate-Palmolive, Inc. - Montevideo, Uruguay
- Colgate-Palmolive, Inc. - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Colgate-Palmolive, S.A. De C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
- GABA B.V. - Almere, Netherlands
- GABA International AG - Munchenstein, Switzerland
- Hawley & Hazel Chemical Co., (HK) Ltd. - Aberdeen, China (Hong Kong)
- Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. - Topeka, KS
- Hills Colgate Japan Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Tom's of Maine
New York, NY 10022-7499 USA
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Colgate-Palmolive is among the companies that have dropped traditional employee pensions for "cash-balance" plans, which often leave long-term employees with greatly reduced retirement benefits. These plans have been hotly contested, spawning lawsuits, age discrimination complaints, and Congressional action. Companies save money in cash-balance conversions but older workers can lose benefits because the plans redirect money to younger employees. Companies benefit when these younger workers stay with the company a short time and leave with little or no pension accumulation. However, under the cash balance plan workers leaving after five years or more of service can usually move their cash-balance pensions to an IRA or 401(k).
-- New York Times, 01/20/2005
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Ethics and Governance
In 2005, the Chairman and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive earned $18,556,798 in compensation.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/06/2006
Source URL: www.aflcio.org
According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network, 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. Colgate-Palmolive is listed as one of the companies that does not provide full disclosure.
-- Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 12/07/2005
Source URL: http://www.siran.org/eeo1.php
Colgate-Palmolive is one of numerous companies deemed responsible for hazardous waste at the Chemsol federal Superfund site in Piscataway, NJ. Under a proposed $23 million agreement with the government and state of New Jersey, the companies would pay to complete the cleanup of the inactive facility. They would be required to excavate and dispose of an estimated 18,500 cubic yards of soil contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychloride biphenyls (PCBs), and lead off-site. In addition, the groundwater pump and treat system would be enhanced with additional extraction wells to clean the contaminated groundwater more efficiently. It is expected to cost $18 million, and is to be paid by the companies.
-- Environmental Protection Agency, 08/19/1999
Source URL: www.epa.gov/region2/epd/99141.htm