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300 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10022

United States

Phone: 212-310-2000


Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a consumer products company. The company’s products are marketed in approximately 200 countries and territories throughout the world. Segments The company operates in two product segments, Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The company provides Oral Care with the major toothpaste and manual toothbrush brands throughout many parts of the world. The company’s Oral Care products include Colgate Total, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, Colgate Max Fresh, Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection with Sugar Acid Neutralizer, Colgate Optic White and Colgate Luminous White toothpastes, Colgate 360° and Colgate Slim Soft manual toothbrushes, and Colgate Optic White, Colgate Total and Colgate Plax mouthwashes. The company’s Oral Care business also includes pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals. The company provides many product categories of the Personal Care market with global leadership in liquid hand soap, which it sells under the Palmolive, Protex and Softsoap brands. The company’s Personal Care products also include Palmolive, Sanex and Softsoap brand shower gels, Palmolive, Irish Spring and Protex bar soaps, and Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick and Sanex deodorants and antiperspirants. The company also provides liquid hand soap in the U.S. with its line of Softsoap brand products. The company’s Personal Care business outside the U.S. also includes Palmolive and Caprice shampoos and conditioners. The company manufactures and markets a range of products for the Home Care market, including Palmolive and Ajax dishwashing liquids, Fabuloso and Ajax household cleaners, and Murphy’s Oil Soap. The company provides fabric softeners with major brands, including Suavitel in Latin America, Soupline in Europe, and Cuddly in the South Pacific. The company, through its Hill’s Pet Nutrition segment (Hill’s), provides specialty pet nutrition products for dogs and cats with products marketed in approximately 80 countries worldwide. Hill’s markets pet foods primarily under three brands, such as Hill’s Science Diet, which is sold by authorized pet supply retailers and veterinarians for everyday nutritional needs; Hill’s Prescription Diet, a range of therapeutic products sold by veterinarians and authorized pet supply retailers to help nutritionally manage disease conditions in dogs and cats; and Hill’s Ideal Balance, a range of products with natural ingredients, sold by authorized pet supply retailers and veterinarians. Customers and Distribution The company’s products are marketed by a direct sales force at individual operating subsidiaries or business units and by distributors or brokers. Oral, Personal and Home Care sales to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its affiliates represent approximately 11% of the company’s net sales in 2015. Research and Development The company’s spending related to research and development activities was $274 million in 2015. Trademarks The company’s principal global and regional trademarks include Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. History Colgate-Palmolive Company was founded in 1806. The company was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware in 1923.


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