2019 Sustainability Report

To Our Stakeholders

To our valued stakeholders,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. At the center of our company’s purpose is a commitment to “protect and beautify the world.” As we publish our 2019 Sustainability Report, the word “protect” is taking on an even greater significance as we are focused on protecting our people, customers, communities, and all of our stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like you, we are hopeful that, sooner rather than later, the worst will be behind us and we can begin to collectively focus on a brighter future. As this pandemic continues to evolve, we will remain proactive, implement additional actions to support our people and customers, and continue to keep all of our stakeholders informed.

Protecting and beautifying the world, and our culture of continuous improvement, continue to be the backbone of PPG’s sustainability promise. Whether it is increasing the efficiency of our operations or our customers’ operations, our improvement efforts naturally extend to many areas that affect our sustainability performance.

In 2019, PPG continued to enhance our sustainable operations globally, achieving:

  • 33% of sales from sustainably-advantaged products and processes;
  • 25% waste disposal intensity reduction from the 2017 baseline;
  • 32% improvement in spills and releases from 2017 baseline;
  • 33% of manufacturing and R&D locations with zero landfilled process waste; and
  • A record number of COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® projects around the world.

Today, more than ever, we feel that the challenges we face in our current business environment, including the global impact of COVID-19, can make us stronger. PPG has industry-leading technologies, excellent people, and most importantly, we’ve consistently demonstrated agility and nimbleness in uncertain situations throughout our more than 135 years. We remain resilient, and will continue to navigate these uncharted waters together as One PPG.

To learn more about PPG’s sustainability progress in many areas including environment, governance, people and community, I encourage you to review our 2019 Sustainability Report.


Michael H. McGarry
PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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