Top 10 | 2018 50 Out Front




RANK NO. 6: Colgate-Palmolive
# OF EMPLOYEES: 36,700

CEO: Ian Cook

CDE: Eugene Kelly


More than 35,000 Colgate-Palmolive 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. Our concept of diversity goes beyond that of race, creed, ethnicity and gender. We look to promote an inclusive environment and support the diversity of thinking that results from the differences in experiences, knowledge and background 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.

We believe that our culture and values afford opportunities for everyone to have an important impact on the building of our business. We constantly strive 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.


Our people working together as a global team, using their individual strengths to achieve business results, create Colgate-Palmolive’s success. This strong global teamwork requires a company culture in which everyone works well together and truly values one another. We support an environment where everyone’s ideas are shared and respected. At Colgate-Palmolive, we want people to feel energized and encouraged to contribute to their fullest potential.

Our leaders take responsibility for valuing the contributions of all people and have the knowledge and skills necessary to transform the work environment into one where all employees can contribute fully to meet the business goals.

Engaging with consumers is at the heart of our focused global strategy. We strengthen this engagement in unique and innovative ways. Colgate-Palmolive works closely with retail partners to share expertise and provide shoppers with the best value and service. Colgate engages customers worldwide by sharing unique shopper insights, providing innovative in-store marketing communications and merchandising techniques and developing and executing joint business planning initiatives. These activities ensure the right product assortment at each location and help to make shopping a consumer-friendly experience that drives increased sales for both Colgate and the retailer.

The company participated in community “pride” festivals in New York and San Diego to drive brand affinity with target audiences. Colgate is a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), which represents approximately 12,000+ Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers. We participate in related events to develop relationships and understanding that promote opportunities for minority vendors.

The Colgate culture is one that reflects our values of caring, global teamwork and continuous improvement, as well as our unwavering commitment to integrity in everything we do. Building skills and developing Colgate people is critical to our success.

Colgate-Palmolive’s Abilities Network partnered with the
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
to hold a Disability Mentoring Day and panel to celebrate
National Disability Employment Awareness month. We
hosted three graduate students with disabilities for a half
day, job-shadowing experience. The event featured remarks
from Michael Murray, chief operating officer of the AAPD,
and a moderated panel discussion with the students and
two Colgate mentors.


The diversity of our people around the world is vital to
finding new solutions to business challenges and new
opportunities from unique insights. Differences are
recognized and appreciated as the traits that make each
of us who we are. We celebrate diversity in our people
because we know these differences are the foundations
of our continued achievement.


Colgate-Palmolive provides all employees worldwide with a series of training programs focused on building leadership skills: Valuing Colgate People, Managing With Respect and Fostering an Inclusive Work Environment are of the programs offered. Fostering an Inclusive Work Environment.

Diversity Leadership Councils formed in three divisions to more purposefully set and drive specific diversity and inclusion strategies. Each leadership council consists of mid-senior level, cross-functional management teams appointed by the division/function leader. The councils operate under established charters with a mission and set of operating and decision -making standards. They help to drive a culture of diversity and inclusion by:

  • Providing regional and functional leadership with a framework to establish more effective / efficient talent management and inclusive leadership practices
  • Establishing clear diversity objectives and accountability
  • Driving a more focused approach to managing high-potential, high-performance career enhancement and upward mobility of women and diverse talent
  • Encouraging people to lead, utilizing their diverse backgrounds, leadership competencies and varying perspectives
  • Creating opportunities for cross-functional and cross-generational work teams and interactions
  • Driving strategies and initiatives to support Colgate- Palmolive people en route to a truly inclusive world-class workforce at all levels

The Colgate culture is one that reflects our values of caring, global teamwork and continuous improvement, as well as our unwavering commitment to integrity in everything we do. Building skills and developing Colgate people is critical to our success.