P&G was one of my father’s most long-standing clients. In the 1960s he made Soap Shop vending machines for launderettes, selling P&G laundry powder. I’m sure he wouldn’t have imagined that, several decades later, I too would work for the US multinational, challenging and advising them on environmental issues.
One of my most enjoyable P&G assignments was sitting on their stakeholder advisory panels for both laundry detergents and nappies. It was an excellent way of getting to understand the issues behind their products and how they develop new ones. And the other people on the panel were often very interesting not to mention some of the P&G personnel, too.