Most people know that packaging and plastic waste is an issue, but are unaware of what companies are doing about it, and how they can participate. Colgate’s 2025 strategy takes the latest thinking, with a collaborative approach, to eliminating plastic waste, while at the same time, making a positive social impact. Colgate is also in a unique position to both influence and learn from the dental community.
As Colgate-Palmolive’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Ann leads Colgate’s Global Sustainability strategy and key initiatives, integrating a strong technical foundation across people, performance and planet into commercial strategic purpose. Ann holds a BA degree in Applied Science, a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Systems. Most recently Ann has completed a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Anne Bedarf joined Colgate-Palmolive in 2017 as Global Packaging Sustainability Manager, within the Global Design & Packaging group. Prior to joining Colgate, Anne spent 9 years with the non-profit GreenBlue, managing projects for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), and also previously worked in local government and environmental consulting. While at the SPC, Anne worked with brands, retailers, packaging suppliers, local and federal governments, and non-profits to develop the on-pack How2Recycle Labeling Program. At Colgate, Anne is driving progress towards Colgate’s packaging sustainability goals, to include the recyclable tube, and collaborating with customers and groups including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).