The small soap and candle business that William Colgate began in New York City early in the 19th century is now, more than 200 years later, a truly global company serving hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide.
Our 200-year history reflects the strength and innovation that Colgate people have used to constantly transform our Company and identify new opportunities. With global brands sold in over 200 countries; Colgate, Mennen, Palmolive, Ajax, Softsoap and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are among the world's most recognizable household names, trusted and relied upon by consumers everywhere.
Colgate People, working around the world, share a commitment to our three core corporate values: Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement. These values are reflected not only in the quality of our products and the reputation of our Company, but also in our dedication to serving the communities where we do business.
As a leading consumer products company, we are also deeply committed to advancing technology which can address changing consumer needs throughout the world. In fact, our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.
As a successful business, we are focused on achieving the consistent growth required to continue our global success and to make us an even stronger company. We believe this is the best way to benefit our consumers, our people and our shareholders.
We are pleased that you have expressed an interest in Colgate-Palmolive and we invite you to learn more about our company by exploring our website.
Colgate's Core Values
Our three fundamental values — Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement — are part of everything we do.
They are the foundation for our business strategy and are reflected in every aspect of our work life.
The Company cares about people: Colgate people, customers, shareholders and business partners. Colgate is committed to act with compassion, integrity, honesty and high ethics in all situations, to listen with respect to others and to value differences. The Company is also committed to protect the global environment, to enhance the communities where Colgate people live and work, and to be compliant with government laws and regulations.
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.
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.
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 organization.
"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
Giving the World Reasons to Smile
- As a company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, we are committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us.
- Our long-term sustainability strategy is focused on three areas:People, Performance and Planet.