Sustainable Development Goals

Through our innovative products, sustainable operations and community investments, we are contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The industry we are in, the regions where we operate and the focus areas of the PPG Foundation influence the level of impact we have on each goal.

High Impact

We optimize water use not only in water-stressed regions of the world but in all of our facilities through conservation and reuse. Our global operations used 18.6 million cubic meters of water in 2017, a 4 percent reduction compared to 2016. In addition, many of our products enable our customers to use less water in their operations.

We are committed to reducing our energy consumption. In 2017, we used 34 percent less energy than the prior year.

We also manufacture coatings that reduce the energy consumption of our customers.

Our global research and development efforts create breakthrough innovations that decrease energy use, reduce emissions, increase resource utilization and boost standards of living. In 2017, 32 percent of our total sales were derived from sustainable-advantaged products and processes.

Community sustainability is one of three focus areas for PPG’s community engagement. In 2017, we invested more than $5.5 million in initiatives that protected the environment, provided disaster relief, met essential needs and helped the local economy grow. In addition, our 10-year, $10 million COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ program transformed community assets like schools, parks and healthcare facilities.

We are committed to using resources efficiently and driving sustainability throughout our entire value chain to preserve and protect the environment in which we operate. In 2017, our global operations achieved reductions in energy consumption, waste, water use and emissions. Our sustainable-advantaged products also helped our customers reduce their environmental footprint.

We are reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions primarily by lowering our energy consumption. We emitted 1.17 million metric tons of GHGs in 2017, which is a 42 percent reduction since 2012 and 37 percent below 2016.

Moderate Impact

Education is one of three focus areas for our community engagement. In 2017, we invested more than $4.3 million in education-related initiatives around the world. Many of these programs developed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in young people, especially girls and economically disadvantaged youth.

In 2017, our CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, which is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Globally, our Women’s Leadership Council advocates on behalf of our female employees.

In 2017, our 47,200 employees received salaries and benefits that were competitive in each market in which we operate. We also generated economic development by supporting thousands of well-paying jobs at suppliers around the world and contributing taxes to all levels of government.

At the local, regional and global level, we have formed partnerships with, and invested in, nongovernmental organizations that are working toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. More »

We also have cultivated partnerships with customers, academic institutions and other public and private entities to advance sustainable technologies.

Low Impact

We primarily address poverty and income inequality by investing in educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth to provide a pathway for future success. These opportunities include scholarships, educational programming, summer and afterschool camps, mentoring, literacy initiatives and internships.

In 2017, we invested $40,000 in organizations that feed people in need and mobilize the community to eliminate hunger.

Our packaging coatings help food and beverage manufacturers better preserve their products.

We provide our employees and their families with access to quality health care. For more than two decades, we also have nurtured a culture of wellness in our workplaces and communities. In 2017, 70 percent of our locations with 50 or more employees had a wellness program.

Fundamental to who we are is an unwavering commitment to high ethical standards and integrity. Throughout our global operations, we hold each employee accountable for defending human rights, abiding by all laws and being intolerant of bribery or corruption.