• Watercolor painting of the storefront of Colgate's original soap business in 1806

    Our Company Story

    When William Colgate established the small soap and candle business in New York City in 1806, he could hardly have imagined what it would become over the next two centuries: a truly global company serving billions of consumers worldwide. But we suspect Mr. Colgate would admire the Colgate People and core values that are still the lifeblood of our success.

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Our Company Story

When William Colgate established the small soap and candle business in New York City in 1806, he could hardly have imagined what it would become over the next two centuries: a truly global company serving billions of consumers worldwide. But we suspect Mr. Colgate would admire the Colgate People and core values that are still the lifeblood of our success.

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Our Purpose

We are Colgate, a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for people, their pets, and our planet.

The world looks to Colgate for health and hygiene products to enable the well-being of their families and cleaner, greener living.  We leverage the power and potential of science, purposeful packaging and long-trusted brands to build a brighter future for people around the world. For Colgate, our company purpose and the value of our products are directly tied to how well we execute on sustainability, recognizing the profound responsibility we have to all those we serve.

Our Purpose

We are Colgate, a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for people, their pets, and our planet.

The world looks to Colgate for health and hygiene products to enable the well-being of their families and cleaner, greener living.  We leverage the power and potential of science, purposeful packaging and long-trusted brands to build a brighter future for people around the world. For Colgate, our company purpose and the value of our products are directly tied to how well we execute on sustainability, recognizing the profound responsibility we have to all those we serve.

Living Our Values

Every day, everything we do is an expression of our core values: caring, global teamwork, and continuous improvement. As we continue to build a future to smile about, these company values serve as guiding principles for our product development, our business practices, and our relationships among our team members, with our customers, and with people in communities all over the world.

Caring

Our Company cares about people: our people, customers, consumers, shareholders and business partners. We are committed to acting with compassion, integrity, honesty and the highest ethical standards in all situations, to listen with respect to others and to value differences. Our Company is also committed to protect the global environment, to enhance the communities where we live and work, and to comply with all laws and regulations.

 

 

Global Teamwork

All our 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

We are committed to getting better every day in everything it does, as individuals and as teams. Our Company will be successful by better understanding consumers’ and customers’ expectations and continuously working to innovate and improve products, services and processes.

Caring

Our Company cares about people: our people, customers, consumers, shareholders and business partners. We are committed to acting with compassion, integrity, honesty and the highest ethical standards in all situations, to listen with respect to others and to value differences. Our Company is also committed to protect the global environment, to enhance the communities where we live and work, and to comply with all laws and regulations.

 

Global Teamwork

All our 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

We are committed to getting better every day in everything it does, as individuals and as teams. Our Company will be successful by better understanding consumers’ and customers’ expectations and continuously working to innovate and improve products, services and processes.

What We Do

With facilities in over 80 countries and products that serve consumers in more than 200 countries and territories, we are one of the most global companies. We have the No. 1 market share in toothpaste worldwide, contributing to our $15.7 billion in net sales worldwide in 2019. That resulted in a $2.8 billion return to shareholders and our 57th consecutive year of dividend increases.

Our family of brands includes more than oral care, making our Colgate Smile broader than many people realise. We are global leaders in pet nutrition, home care, and personal care. We also lead the way in sustainability, as indicated by awards we received.

What We Do

With facilities in over 80 countries and products that serve consumers in more than 200 countries and territories, we are one of the most global companies. We have the No. 1 market share in toothpaste worldwide, contributing to our $15.7 billion in net sales worldwide in 2019. That resulted in a $2.8 billion return to shareholders and our 57th consecutive year of dividend increases.

Our family of brands includes more than oral care, making our Colgate Smile broader than many people realise. We are global leaders in pet nutrition, home care, and personal care. We also lead the way in sustainability, as indicated by awards we received.

Awards & Recognition

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