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.

Apr
29

Clorox’s Aplicare Helps AmeriCares Care for Victims of Cyclone Winston

AmeriCares logoClorox is grateful that our products can help organizations like AmeriCares with their disaster relief efforts. AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization that saves lives and builds healthier futures for people in crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Since their founding in 1979, AmeriCares has distributed more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries. For more information on AmeriCares’ activities in Fiji and to learn how you can help, visit the AmeriCares website.

By AmeriCares

For two days last February, Cyclone Winston — the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere — battered Fiji with 185-mile-per-hour winds, killing more than 40 people.

By the time Cyclone Winston spun out to sea, the powerful storm had damaged or destroyed at least 30,000 homes, caused an estimated $500 million in destruction and left 350,000 survivors in need of assistance.

Within days, an AmeriCares emergency response team arrived to report damages and assess health needs. AmeriCares began shipments of medical aid from its Connecticut warehouse and headquarters. Read More …

Apr
18

Supporting Red Cross Giving Day

By Deborah Napierski

Clorox supports red cross giving dayDid you know that nearly every 8 minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a home fire or other disaster — that’s almost 70,000 disasters each year. They help families that have lost everything — the roof over their heads, their clothes and their most cherished possessions

On April 21, American Red Cross supporters will join together for the second annual Giving Day. The aim is to spark the largest single day of fundraising in Red Cross history (outside of major disasters) and make a difference for tens of thousands of families impacted by emergencies. Will you help spread the word about this incredible day? Read More …

Apr
15

Kingsford: Smaller Environmental Footprint, Bigger Value

By David Creamer, manager – Environmental Sustainability at Clorox
Kingsford logoAs the leading U.S. charcoal brand, the Kingsford® name is synonymous with grilling. Thanks to continued innovations in our manufacturing processes, which enable us to further reduce our environmental footprint, the brand is also becoming synonymous with sustainable manufacturing. Read More …

Apr
12

Garbage Sorting: Think Before You Toss

By Diana Wang, associate marketing manager – Glad brand

Glad_sorting_compostable waste_ infographicNot sure what goes into the green, blue and black bins at work or home? Want to decrease your carbon footprint and trash collection costs? The Glad brand is here to help.

In 2013*, Americans generated roughly 254 million tons of trash — the equivalent of 4.4 pounds of trash per person each day. Of that, only 34.3 percent got recycled or composted. What does that mean? It’s the equivalent of each person recycling or composting only 1.5 pounds of the 4.4 pounds of waste they generated every day.

In honor of Earth Month, the Glad brand has created these sorting charts to help you navigate the confusing garbage sorting process. Let’s partner together to make a positive impact by decreasing our carbon impact. Read More …

Apr
6

Contributing to World Health

By Sheila Kimball – Sales Specialist, Clorox Professional Products Company 

World HealthAplicare, part of Clorox Healthcare, is proud to support MAP International and the fight to improve world health.

MAP International is a global health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.  It was established in 1954 by the late J. Raymond Knighton, who worked with medical missionaries around the world.  Since its founding, MAP has delivered over $5 billion in medicines and medical supplies to those in need. It serves more than 10 million people in 100+ countries each year.

MAP International contacts Aplicare when it needs specific medical products. Whenever possible, Aplicare meets these requests, also providing surplus products, discontinued products or products nearing their expiration date we won’t be able to sell. Read More …

Apr
6

Women’s Leadership: What’s in It for Men?

Matt Laszlo, Clorox Chief Customer OfficerThe Network of Executive Women‘s NEW Leader magazine’s latest issue focuses on why men should champion gender diversity in the workplace, and includes Matt Laszlo, Clorox’s Chief Customer Officer.

Here we offer a companion Q&A that goes a bit deeper with Matt into why he supports women’s leadership and creating a culture of inclusion. Read More …

Mar
29

The Power of Inclusion

By Marites Dagdag, General Manager – Clorox Philippines

In celebration of International Marites Dagdag on Women's LeadershipWomen’s Day, the IBM Women’s Network Group in the Philippines (IMA), held a town hall with the theme “I am a Woman: I Pledge for Parity.” Over 200 women IBMers participated at the event to celebrate diversity and gender parity. I was one of four Filipina CEOs invited by IMA to the forum.

It was a privilege to share with this group the Clorox strategy on people, best practices on diversity and parity and our company values. Our mission at Clorox is simple yet powerful: to make everyday life better, every day. And this applies equally to our diversity and inclusion programs for employees as it does to our products. We exceed the average among the Fortune 500 of women in board, executive, managerial and nonproduction roles — and in some cases far exceed the average.

That’s important because I’ve seen how experiences, skills and insights from all types of backgrounds enrich the workplace culture, improve employees’ effectiveness and satisfaction and ultimately contribute to our performance in the marketplace.

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Mar
28

Proud to Have LGBT Allies

By Jonathan Weisman, Scientist – R&D

LGBT Ally award Out & Equal 2016 Momentum gala

One thing we can learn from LGBT advocates throughout history is that the work of making progress for inclusion of all people continues every day. Here at The Clorox Company, we are privileged to work among leaders who truly embrace that spirit.

Last week, Erby Foster, director of diversity & inclusion, was recognized at Out & Equal’s 2016 Momentum Gala Dinner as an “Outstanding Ally” of the LGBT community; he’s pictured second from the right in this picture from the event. I, along with members of our Clorox PRIDE LGBT employee resource group (ERG), was proud to see Erby recognized for consistently creating a culture of inclusion for all Clorox employees and giving a strong voice to the LGBT community. Erby helps guide all of Clorox’s ERGs — from our women, Asian and African American ERGs to Clorox PRIDE.

As a leader of Clorox PRIDE, I can attest to the strong value that Erby and all our LGBT allies bring to the workplace. These allies are individuals who have a deep-rooted belief in equality and diversity; they exemplify Clorox values every day by working to make our offices and facilities all around the globe inclusive and respectful. Knowing LGBT employees have the support of co-workers and friends enables us to be our whole selves at work. We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of all our LGBT allies at Clorox, including Erby. Read More …

Mar
22

Safe Water Project: Doing Well by Doing Good

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By Naomi Greer, Associate Director  Corporate Communications

Clean Water, Safe Water Project, World Water Day

There are two Perus. One is the modern business center in the capital of Lima. The other, about 500 miles north, are the rural communities in the Tambogrande District of Piura, where there is no infrastructure to provide access to safe drinking water. The contrast between the lives of Peruvians with and without access to safe water was the linchpin behind a recent campaign by our office in Clorox Peru that showed how companies can do well by doing good.

The campaign was built around the Clorox Safe Water Project, which provides diluted bleach dispensers at communal water sources in these rural communities to eliminate bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. Although the project — which was developed through a partnership with local nonprofit organization PRISMA — had been in place for almost four years, there was little awareness of it in the more urban areas of the country.

The Clorox Peru team knew many of the 26 million Peruvian people who had access to safe water in Peru wanted to help the 4 million people who didn’t, but they didn’t necessarily know how. Our approach was to encourage them to continue doing what they were already doing (buying bleach) so they could “help the helpers” and become part of the solution. The more they bought, the more they could feel they were contributing toward the Clorox Safe Water Project and what it stands for. Read More …

Mar
22

Proyecto Agua Segura: Creciendo con Responsabilidad

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By Naomi Greer, Associate Director – Corporate Communications, The Clorox Company

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Una niña en Perú ahora tiene acceso a agua apta para el consumo gracias al Proyecto Agua Segura

Una niña en Perú ahora tiene acceso a agua apta para el consumo gracias al Proyecto Agua Segura

Hay dos clases de Perú. Uno moderno en el centro de la capital de Lima. Y el otro aproximadamente a 500 millas norte, donde se encuentran las comunidades rurales del Distrito de Tambogrande de Piura. Hoy en día ellos no cuentan con la infraestructura necesaria para proveer agua segura para el consumo humano. El contraste de la vida de los peruanos con y sin acceso a agua segura fue el motor de la campaña que realizó recientemente nuestro equipo de Clorox Perú, demostrando que las compañías pueden crecer realizando actividades benéficas.

acceso a agua segura, Proyecto Agua Segura, Día Mundial del Agua

La campaña fue basada en el Proyecto Agua Segura, que consiste en proporcionar dispensadores de lejía en los centros comunes de recolección de agua de las comunidades, para que éstos puedan eliminar las bacterias y virus del agua que ocasionan distintas enfermedades. Este proyecto, desarrollado en conjunto con la ONG Prisma, ya tiene 4 años operando. Sin embargo había muy poco conocimiento del mismo en las áreas urbanas del Perú. Read More …

Mar
22

Aprendiendo de Flint, Michigan

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Escrito por Alexis Limberakis, Senior Director, Sostenibilidad Ambiental, The Clorox Company

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Alexis Limberakis y Andreina Febres de Clorox con el equipo del Proyecto Agua Segura en Perú, en Febrero del 2016

Los sucesos recientes de Flint, Michigan con respecto al suministro de agua y el envejecimiento y deterioro de la infraestructura de nuestra nación, han traído el problema de acceso de agua potable y sus consecuencias a nuestras vidas. Hemos visto una pequeña parte de lo que significaría nuestras vidas sin tener acceso a agua potable – algo que los Americanos normalmente tomamos por sentado, pero es la realidad que viven una de cada 10 personas alrededor del mundo.

Este año, en el Día Mundial del Agua, se cumple mi quinto aniversario desde mi primera visita a Perú, cuando recién iniciábamos los primeros pasos del Proyecto Agua Segura. Una vez empezamos a potenciar el proyecto junto con diferentes ONGs, el Ministerio de Salud de Perú y nuestro equipo de Clorox Perú, fuimos a varias áreas alrededor de Lima en busca de comunidades que no cuenten con el acceso a agua segura. En ese momento, me impresionó ver las dificultades que tantas personas todavía viven en el siglo 21 sin acceso a algo tan básico y fundamental en la vida humana como lo es el agua, lo cual no lo hemos considerado como un problema fundamental en Estados Unidos hasta ahora. Por supuesto que he visto las estadísticas, videos y he hablado con muchos expertos en el área mientras desarrollábamos nuestro propio enfoque para ayudar, pero no hay nada como ver el problema en persona para realmente engancharte y querer ser parte de la solución. Una vez que presencias el problema global del agua en persona te cambia; cada vez que regreso a visitar las comunidades del proyecto, que actualmente son 21 comunidades que alcanzan nuestra meta de ayudar a 25,000 personas, me doy cuenta que este es el proyecto más significativo de mi Carrera. Read More …

Mar
22

Learning Lessons From Flint

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By Alexis Limberakis, Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, The Clorox Company

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The recent stories from Flint, Michigan, involving the water supply and our nation’s aging infrastructure are bringing the issue of safe water and the related human toll closer to home. We’ve gotten a glimpse at what life is like without safe water at the end of a tap — something Americans typically take for granted but is an everyday reality for one in 10 people around the world.[1]

This year’s World Water Day marks the five-year anniversary of my very first visit to Peru, when we were taking our first steps in the Clorox Safe Water Project. Back when we were just engaging potential NGO partners, the Peruvian Ministry of Health and our Clorox Peru business team about the concept, we toured some water-challenged areas around Lima that could serve as potential pilot communities. At the time, I was struck by the struggles people still had in the 21st century with access to something so basic and fundamental to human life as safe water, which until recently we hadn’t thought twice about in most parts of the U.S.  Of course, I’d read the statistics, seen videos and spoken to many experts in the field in developing our approach for getting involved, but there was nothing like seeing it firsthand to get you hooked on being part of the solution. Seeing the global water challenge in person changes you. Each time I return to visit our project communities, now 21 in total as we’ve achieved our expansion goal of reaching 25,000 people, I am viscerally reminded of why this is the most meaningful work of my career. Read More …

Mar
16

A GIFT That Keeps on Giving

By Maurice Mitchell and Katie Keil

Maurice Mitchell Clorox Employee Giving ProgramClorox employees set a new philanthropic record in 2015. This on top of a record-breaking year for employee giving in 2014.

Our annual GIFT (Get Involved For Tomorrow) campaign allows U.S. and Canada employees to donate to almost any nonprofit of their choice, and the company matches those donations dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 per employee.

For 2015, the GIFT program saw 48 percent of eligible Clorox employees participate, with a record $4.7 million contributed to over 3,500 nonprofits.

Pretty inspiring, given this is a completely voluntary program where employees dig into their own wallets to participate. Read More …

Mar
9

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By Paula Alexander, Director of Sustainable Business and Innovation | President, The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation

BurtsBeesLeaMichelePollinatorHabitatBeeDecliningPopulationOur pollinators are in jeopardy and so are the important ecosystem services they provide. The Burt’s Bees brand has supported honeybee health since 2007, and we’ve worked to inform employees and consumers about the issues facing our pollinators. Still, many people aren’t aware of the threat to honeybees.

Up to one-third of the food we eat is pollinated by honeybees. Rapidly declining honeybee populations could have serious economic consequences for the agriculture industry. Last winter (2014-15), we lost 42.1 percent of our honeybee populations. In May, we’ll get this winter’s numbers and know if businesses, government and consumer efforts surrounding this cause are making a difference. Read More …

Feb
23

The Importance of Surface Disinfection in an Antibiotic-Resistant World

By Sarah C. Bell-West, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Clorox Healthcare

This article originally appeared in the APUA Newsletter, Volume 33, No. 3.

Sarah Bell-West Clorox HealthcareResistance to antimicrobial agents, especially antibiotics, is a major public health concern throughout the world. In the United States alone, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year.1 Multimodal infection prevention approaches coupled with antimicrobial stewardship efforts are essential for the prevention of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant organisms. A recent CDC report estimated that if improved infection control practices and antibiotic stewardship efforts were adopted nationally, 619,000 infections and 37,000 deaths could be prevented over five years.2

Given the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, environmental cleaning and disinfection can play an important role in helping to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in addition to other deadly pathogens associated with antibiotic usage, including Clostridium difficile. Additionally, the infection control community is asking questions about the relationship between disinfectant use and antibiotic resistance.

This article will focus on the role of surface disinfection in reducing transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the relationship between antibiotic resistance and the susceptibility of bacteria to surface disinfectants. Read More …