Living Our Values

Strong values.

Colgate's Core Values

Our three fundamental values—Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement—are part of everything we do.

Caring
The Company cares about people: Colgate people, customers, shareholders and business partners. Colgate is committed to act with compassion, integrity and honesty in all situations, to listen with respect to others and to value differences. The Company is also committed to protect the global environment and to enhance the communities where Colgate people live and work.

Global Teamwork
All Colgate people are part of a global team, committed to working together across countries and throughout the world. Only by sharing ideas, technologies and talents can the Company achieve and sustain profitable growth.

Continuous Improvement
Colgate is committed to getting better every day in all it does, as individuals and as teams. By better understanding consumers' and customers' expectations and continuously working to innovate and improve products, services and processes, Colgate will "become the best."

Valuing Colgate People

Colgate's continued success around the world is tightly linked to the commitment of everyone to live by our core values.

Throughout the Company, these values help build a strong culture based on integrity, ethical behaviour and the desire to do the right thing.

The "Valuing Colgate People" training programs are designed to encourage Colgate people of all backgrounds, globally, to meet their personal goals while helping to achieve our corporate objectives.

The Valuing Colgate People Series is comprised of two courses:

Valuing Colgate People: Living Our Values

Mandatory for all Colgate employees, this program helps participants to:

  • Recognise, value and respect others for their unique contributions
  • Understand the importance of having the highest ethical standards and how to address potential ethical issues in the workplace
  • Explain Colgate's commitment to the core values and to managing all people with respect
  • Practise skills that encourage, motivate and develop all Colgate people

Valuing Colgate People: Leaders Managing with Respect

This training program, mandatory for all Colgate managers, encourages participants to:

  • Become more effective leaders
  • Teach others to value individual differences and use those differences to achieve positive business results
  • Describe how Colgate can deliver and sustain superior business results by living by its core values and "Managing with Respect" principles
  • Understand the impact of their own behaviour on others, and build the skills needed to manage with respect on a daily basis

Managing with Respect

"Managing with Respect" is the way Colgate people put the Company Values into action.

It is creating an environment where people feel free to offer suggestions, contribute ideas and make contributions to the organisation.

"Managing with Respect" creates an environment where people genuinely care about each other and work well together to reach their full potential

The "Managing with Respect" principles are:

  • Communicate Effectively
  • Give and Seek Feedback
  • Value Unique Contributions
  • Promote Teamwork
  • Set the Example

Code of Conduct

Colgate's Code of Conduct promotes the highest ethical standards in all of the Company's business dealings.

Colgate's Code of Conduct sets forth our principles for working with each other, outside businesses, consumers, governments, local communities, and shareholders. The Code serves as an ever-present reminder of our responsibility to build these relationships on integrity, fairness and humanity. First issued in 1987, the Colgate Code of Conduct is regularly updated and reissued to ensure its comprehensiveness and relevance.

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Diversity

Over 39,000 Colgate People reflect the diverse richness of cultures around the globe. As a Company, we celebrate differences, promote an inclusive environment and value the contributions of all Colgate people. Diversity of thinking will help us continue to encourage the creativity and innovation necessary for our Company to maintain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Colgate’s reputation as a caring and ethical company is a significant asset and the way that we work with each other is fundamental to maintaining that reputation

As part of our commitment to our greatest asset, our people, we are constantly strengthening our training and employee programs in an effort to ensure that all people have access to professional and personal development opportunities. Ensuring that we have a diverse and inclusive workplace is an important feature of how we work together.

We believe that our culture and values afford opportunities for everyone to have an important impact on the building of our business. We are constantly striving toward a more diverse workplace, which benefits the Company and enables us to more successfully meet the needs of our customers and consumers around the world.