About The Clorox Company

At Clorox, we work together to ensure we're running our business with a focus on integrity and quality, guided by our core value of doing the right thing every single day. We know choices we make have a significant impact on people, our planet and our communities. That's why we're continually strengthening our commitment to Corporate Responsibility, focusing on five pillars: People, Products, Performance, Planet and Purpose.


Unlocking the Competitive Advantages of Diversity

Troy-DatcherIn addition to leading customer capability development and sports marketing, vice president Troy Datcher is also busy encouraging diversity awareness at Clorox and his alma mater. A former co-chair and now member of Clorox’s ABLE (African-Americans Building Leadership Excellence) employee resource group, Troy recently joined the board of trustees for Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and serves on the development and alumni parents committees. His goal is to help the college with its recruitment, retention and reconnection with students and alumni from diverse backgrounds.

Why did you decide to join the board of trustees at Gettysburg College?

I was among the earliest beneficiaries of the college’s desire to make its campus a more diverse environment. I grew up in a small town in Alabama, and when I visited Gettysburg as a high-school senior I had lunch with a dean who gave me a personal challenge. He said, “You can go anywhere else, or you can come here and make a difference.” Well, you say something like that to an 18-year-old and it’s motivating. The dean hit on something that sounded really important — I could play a central role in diversity awareness. So as a freshman in 1986, I was one of only nine African-American students out of 2,000 students on campus. And it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Read More …


Every Day is a Good Day to Give

Clorox employee giving program 2015

One of our biggest philanthropic programs, now in full swing, is our annual employee giving program. Through our GIFT (Get Involved For Tomorrow) Campaign, U.S. and Canada employees can donate to almost any nonprofit of their choice and the company will match those donations.

This year, Clorox has increased and simplified the match up to $2,500 for all employees. Previously, the match was $250 for most employees who participated and was tied to a number of factors. It was a complicated program to communicate and understand. This year, it’s a straight dollar-for-dollar match, whether someone gives $50 or $500 or $2,500, the company will match it. Read More …


Volunteering to Close the Digital Divide

By Mary O’Connell, senior director – PR & Digital Content

​For the second year, Clorox Marketing’s digital and social teams are helping small business owners and design students via a partnership with the Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center (ODALC). For small business owners in Oakland, it’s meant help with their social media planning, websites and Pinterest boards; for design students, it’s opened up career mentoring and a chance at an internship.

“We know how much digital understanding means to all us right now — from iconic brands to a small business just starting out or a student starting a career,” says Janice Bird, assistant digital planner for Clorox, who helped develop the partnership.  “If you’re starting out, Silicon Valley can seem very far away.” Read More …


8 Steps to Producing an Integrated Report

In Writer’s Guidebook, published in September 2014 by PR News, contributing authors offer perspectives on how to write effectively for various vehicles.

“21st Century Corporate Reporting: 8 Steps to Writing an Integrated Annual Report,” by Kathryn Caulfield, describes an approach to writing an integrated annual report, which is an emerging best practice in corporate reporting. Below is an abbreviated version of the complete chapter.

The corporate annual report is undergoing its biggest transformation since, well, the dawn of corporate reporting. Today’s annual report must address the drive for greater transparency, investors’ increasing demands for a comprehensive view of value creation and a broad set of stakeholders’ interests in an organization’s performance and prospects over the longer term. For the publicly traded company, the integrated annual report is rapidly emerging as the reporting approach to address this evolving trend.

An integrated report is a concise communication of how an organization’s strategy, governance, performance and prospects lead to the creation of value over the short, medium and long term. Rather than simply summarizing information from other communications, such as ­financial statements and sustainability reports, an integrated report explicitly connects ­financial performance with other factors to communicate how value is created.

Where do you begin? Like most tasks, the answer lies in taking it step by step and making progress over time. With four years of experience, we’ve learned about the strengths and weaknesses of our report from the perspectives of various stakeholders, and we’ve re­fined the process into eight steps. Read More …


Legal Fellowship Works to Keep Families Together   

Whitney_Rubenstein2By Whitney Rubenstein, Equal Justice Works Fellow

Ms. Matthews, a client of the East Bay Community Law Center, is a black, single mother of three living in Oakland public housing.  She has worked hard to create a stable life and home for her family despite often lacking resources.  However, when Ms. Matthew’s 16-year-old son was arrested, she faced an impossible decision: ban her son from the family home or keep her family intact but risk eviction and homelessness. Read More …


Trayendo Agua Segura a 25,000 Peruanos en áreas rurales

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Escrito por Andreina Febres, Gerente del Proyecto Agua Segura


En esta imagen estamos clorando el primer recipiente de 20 litros durante la inauguración del Proyecto Agua Segura en la comunidad de Nuevo Ocoto Bajo en Peru.

Estoy escribiendo este artículo mientras espero en el aeropuerto por mi siguiente conexión para regresar a casa, después de otra visita inolvidable a las comunidades a las que les ofrecemos el Proyecto Agua Segura, en el distrito de Tambogrande, en Piura, Peru. Lo que comenzó como un Proyecto Piloto hace tres años, proporcionando acceso a agua segura a 3,000 personas, ahora está por crecer. El siguiente paso es que para el 2015, el programa se le ofrecerá a un total de 25,000 peruanos que viven en zonas rurales, sin acceso a agua segura. Read More …


Bringing Safe Water to 25,000 Peruvians

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By Andreina Febres, Safe Water Project manager


Treating the first 20-liter jug during the inauguration of the Safe Water Project in Nuevo Ocoto Bajo in Peru.

I’m writing this post as I sit at the airport after another unforgettable visit to the rural communities our Safe Water Project serves in the Tambogrande District in Piura, Peru. What began as a pilot about three years ago and has since provided 3,000 individuals with access to safe water, is now taking the next step and expanding the program to serve 25,000 rural Peruvians in 2015.

We chose to expand the program after seeing just how effective and sustainable the bleach dispenser model has been. Placing the bleach dispensers next to the community water source has contributed significantly to a 60 percent adoption rate, and these three communities have reported a drop in incidents of intestinal illnesses. Read More …


Proud to Support LGBT Employees

Clorox  has earned a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a nationally recognized benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace.

Since 2006, Clorox has earned a 100 percent rating on the CEI and has been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Read More …


Our Veterans, a Valued Resource of Insights

Clorox-veteran-Vartan-YeranosBy Vartan Yeranos, veteran and Clorox Creative Services project manager

With all of our deployments over the years, it seems like everyone knows someone who is in the military. One of my great friends in the National Guard did a tour in Afghanistan and another has a brother in Special Forces that was deployed three times. This connectedness has not only raised greater awareness of veterans’ service to their country, but also puts a deserved spotlight on the skills veterans bring to the corporate world. Read More …


Bee Healthy: Protecting our VIPs (Very Important Pollinators)

Burts-Bees-observation-hive​Patrice Sherman and John Cogswell contributed to this post.

Some 15,000 new worker bees have swarmed the Burt’s Bees® office.

Literally. The Burt’s Bees® team has installed the largest observation beehive in North Carolina in the wall of its Durham lobby. Glass observation panels make life inside the six-foot by two-foot hive life visible to those visiting the offices and people passing by outside.

The hive is the result of a partnership with Bee Downtown, a Durham nonprofit focused on honeybee education and urban beekeeping. Custom-made for the space by North Carolina beekeeper Bill Thering, the glass panels are made of quarter-inch thick, impact-resistant safety glass, and the hive can be safely handled through a system of modules and internal gates.

This kind of large observation hive is an opportunity to educate the million+ annual visitors to the area about bees and their importance to human and environmental health. Bees pollinate one-third of all the foods we eat, and their steep population declines over the past several years is a serious concern.

In 2007, Burt’s Bees established The Greater Good Foundation, to further its mission of responsible environmental stewardship and support projects and research at the intersection of bee and human health. Read More …


Managing the Pressure of “Shoulds” and Embracing Cultural Differences

Esther_Lee_LrgBy Leslie Tse, Global Insights & Foresights manager

Recently, our Asian and women employee resource groups hosted our newest Clorox board member, Esther Lee, SVP of Marketing, Advertising and Sponsorships at AT&T, for a conversation about success in the workplace. Esther touched on a number of topics, including how to manage the pressure of “shoulds” in our lives by developing and maintaining a clear sense of self.

In Esther’s case, she described how her perspective has been influenced by her parents’ experiences as young immigrants. Growing up, she watched as her father, a chemist, experimented with many different pursuits – from developing a hair dye that doesn’t stain fabric, to teaching university students – and essentially always finding a home for his desire to learn. His persistence and staying true to his own passions, Esther said, is what contributed to the True North principle she still holds today.

She iterated there are many “shoulds” that get into our heads via parents, colleagues, career paths and life circumstances. Having this awareness is fine, but it becomes destructive when we start to blindly believe and ultimately succumb to these self-imposed mandates. After reporting to a handful of female managers, Esther related how these women successfully navigated the “old boys club” mentality at some of these organizations. She learned “you don’t have to be exactly like the men, but you do have to be taken just as seriously – and you can find your own way of doing that. You can have your own personality, your own way of managing, your own way of having conversations, and still have just as much credibility.”

Her No. 1 tip to debunk stereotypes? “Biases that others have should not get in the way of what you show up to create. As soon as it makes sense for you to do it, get out there with the real you. Make sure that dynamic is truthful. Don’t overcompensate. Be straightforward and have an honest dialogue with the people you’re dealing with at a graceful time for it to take place.”

Like many others, Esther’s most difficult professional challenges were finding that first job, understanding what makes a great career fit and adjusting to corporate life. But she didn’t let stereotypes dictate how she should think or behave; rather, she saw them as challenges to exemplify her dad and “to be curious, and see them as ways to learn and opportunities to wrap our arms around.”

It was so inspiring for me, a female Asian in Marketing, to hear that negative perceptions are not necessarily a misunderstanding to combat, but rather a challenge that can be overcome by persistence and passion.

Long after this discussion, Esther’s perspective will continue to inspire and stretch my thinking on how best to navigate the ever-changing marketplace with grace and success.

CRblog_LeslieTseLeslie Tse is the Global Insights & Foresights manager for Brita® water filtration products and an active member of the Asian employee resource group. A Midwest-native, Leslie recently relocated to the California to join the Clorox Marketing team. When she’s not busy up-cycling furniture for her apartment in San Francisco, Leslie enjoys baking, snowboarding and photography.



2014 Integrated Annual Reports Reflects 2020 Strategy

Clorox_2014_Annual_Report-cover_150Our 2014 integrated annual report  is now available and highlights our financial, environmental, social and governance performance in the context of our 2020 Strategy. This year’s theme — Powered by Value — reflects our drive to create value for our stakeholders, from consumers to customers, from stockholders to employees.

As with last year’s report, we sought review-level assurance for several nonfinancial metrics,

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Clorox Sends Bleach to Help in Ebola Fight

By Naomi Greer

Like so many others, Clorox employees have been following the news recently, eager to help with the growing public health crisis in West Africa. We have a product recommended to help prevent the spread of viruses like Ebola, but how do we get it to the people who need it thousands of miles away — and make sure they understand how to use it properly? Read More …


Passing the Smell Test: Clorox Expands Fragrance Disclosure

Catharine de LacyEarlier this month, Clorox announced its adoption of the Preferred Ingredient Calculator and expansion of its Ingredients Inside program to include specific fragrance components. To provide more insight on this announcement, we caught up with Catharine de Lacy, Clorox’s vice president of Global Stewardship, who leads our global product safety, regulatory, environmental, public health and outreach activities. Read More …


Clorox Provides Bleach to Help Fight Chikungunya Virus in the Caribbean

By Omar Arbaje, Country Manager – Dominican Republic & Caribbean
Dominican Republic Clorox bleach donation

Clorox has donated 1.6 million sachets of Clorox® bleach in the Dominican Republic to help minimize the mosquito population.

​Earlier this year, the Dominican Republic declared an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus. The virus is spread by mosquitoes, similar to the Dengue virus, and since April, the Chikungunya virus has affected more than 190,000 Dominicans.

There is no vaccine to prevent Chikungunya virus, nor is there any medicine to treat it. The painful symptoms — high fever, strong joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, nausea, swelling and rash — must run their course in each infected person.

In May 2014, our Clorox Dominican Republic (DR) team developed an alliance with the country’s Ministry of Public Health to support its public-awareness campaign, Jornada contra el Chikun (National Journey Against Chikungunya), that aims to minimize the mosquito population and eradicate the virus. Clorox has already donated more than 1.6 million sachets of bleach and committed another 1.4 million sachets.

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