2021 ESG Report

PPG has a steadfast commitment to sustainability, guided by our purpose: We Protect and Beautify the World®.

Michael McGarry

Chairman and CEO

From furthering the equity of communities where we live and work, to operating safe, healthy facilities, to developing paints, coatings and specialty materials that help to extend the life of our customers’ most valued assets, our commitment to sustainability shined bright last year. Our more than 50,000 employees globally made it happen, and helped to deliver against our progress.

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Diane Kappas


Last year, we identified new partners to further our use of renewable energy, launched products that provide an added layer of protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, found new ways to contribute to the circular economy, and continued on our journey to further the diversity, equity and inclusion of our workforce and our communities. We will continue focusing on the roadmap to accomplish our near-term 2025 goals, and we plan to establish more ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals for 2030 to do our part in protecting the planet from warming.

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2021 By the Numbers


of sales from sustainably advantaged products


reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the 2017 baseline

$ MM

in giving from PPG and the PPG Foundation


of our Board members are diverse (by gender or racial background)*

*As of April 21, 2022

A Snapshot of our Sustainability Journey

This timeline is a snapshot of our sustainability and ESG accomplishments throughout the years.

2021 Highlights

At PPG, we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for nearly 140 years. Our sustainability goals focus on our key challenges and guide our actions, doing better today than yesterday.

We've highlighted a few of our stories from 2021 below.

Product Innovation

Product Innovation

ERGOLUXE® coatings give new life to recycled plastic while protecting and beautifying office furniture

ErgoLuxe Eco powder coatings provide a protective and luxurious finish for office furniture, including a unique formulation containing up to 14% post-industrial recycled plastic (rPET). Environmental benefits include lower VOC emissions compared to traditional liquid coatings, higher first-pass transfer efficiency rates up to 85% and overspray reclaim and reuse.

Good Health and Wellbeing Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Sustainable Cities and Communities



Switching to solar in Carrollton

In 2021, our Architectural Coatings plant in Carrollton, Texas, entered an agreement with Constellation, a leading energy and energy solutions provider, to power the facility through 100% renewable solar power. The switch is expected to avoid more than 3,200 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of taking more than 700 cars off the road, according to U.S. EPA estimates.

Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action

Social: Our People

Social: Our People

Diversifying talent and enhancing a sense of belonging

In 2021, we partnered with diversity-focused organizations, including the National Association of Asian American Professionals and the National Society of Black Engineers to increase the diversity of our talent pool, provide opportunities for career development and leverage leading practices to enhance a sense of belonging across the enterprise. We've also committed to invest $20 million by 2025 to advance racial equity in the U.S. by funding educational pathways for Black communities and people of color.

Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities

Social: Our Communities

Social: Our Communities

Beautifying classrooms and providing effective learning environments and educational experiences for students

In 2021, our signature Colorful Communities program sought to beautify classrooms and provide effective learning environments and educational experiences for students despite the lingering pandemic. Employees came together across the globe, from, for example, Tianjin, China, to Cairo, Egypt, to Santa Ana, California, to Las Piedras, Uruguay, to provide effective learning environments and educational experiences for students.

No Poverty Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities Partnerships for the Goals



Strengthening our governance practices

In 2021, we strengthened our governance practices, revising our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charters of each committee to more clearly specify the ESG programs and practices overseen by the Board and each of its committees. We also appointed our first vice president of global sustainability to ensure executive-level oversight and visibility of PPG's ESG efforts.

Decent Work and Economic Growth Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Recognition and Awards

As a leader in ESG, we've earned several recognitions and awards, reinforcing and encouraging our efforts.

  • MSCI ESG Ratings
  • Ecovadis Gold Sustainability Rating 2021
  • FTSE4Good
  • Fortune World's Most Admired Companies 2021
  • Clean 200
2021 ESG Report Cover

Learn More

We are committed to transparent reporting on our ESG performance. Keep reading to learn more about how we are helping protect and beautify the world.

2021 ESG Report | 2021 ESG Report Executive Summary | 2021 DEI Report

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