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.

Feb
8

Smashing Organizational Silos

By Tiffany Tan Kohler, Associate Director – Marketing

Clorox smashing silosIt’s not every day that Clorox marketers are asked to speak about our organizational culture rather than a compelling marketing program, but that’s exactly what we were invited to share at a recent industry meeting of CPG manufacturers and retailers called “League of Leaders” hosted by the Path to Purchase Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As most large organizations, it is easy to become silo-ed and focused on our functional work.  For instance, at Clorox, we have pockets of shopper excellence sitting in various parts of the organization:  Insights, Category Management, National and Field Shopper Marketing.  Recognizing that customers, consumers and Clorox can benefit from bringing these teams together, we asked ourselves a question: “How might we leverage the expertise of every shopper function when developing a Clorox go-to-market plan?”  In other words, how could we smash silos? Read More …

Feb
4

Nasal Decolonization of S. aureus With Povidone-Iodine Instead of Mupirocin

By Rosie D. Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc
Head of Clinical Affairs, Clorox Healthcare

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

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter are increasing in prevalence worldwide, resulting in infections that are difficult and expensive to treat.

Sievert et al¹ describes antimicrobial resistance patterns for hospital-associated infections (HAIs) reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) during 2009-2010. They found S. aureus was the primary pathogen causing overall HAIs, with MRSA being the most common multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO).1

Humans are natural reservoirs for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Twenty to fifty percent of healthy adults are colonized with S. aureus (10-20 percent are persistent carriers, and approximately 30 percent are intermittent carriers).2 Colonization rates are highest among diabetics, intravenous (IV) drug users, patients on hemodialysis or continuous peritoneal dialysis, and those having dermatologic conditions (eczema and psoriasis) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Nasal colonization with S. aureus is the single most important determinant of subsequent S. aureus infection. However, colonization— whether presented on admission or hospital-acquired— increases risk of HAIs.(3-5)

Infection control measures to reduce S. aureus HAIs

In recent years, the infection control community has taken two different approaches, vertical and horizontal (Table 1), towards preventing HAIs. Vertical approaches, like decolonization of patients, are an essential practice in reducing MDRO (like MRSA) transmission in hospitals. The two most common decolonization methods are: 1) chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing and 2) intranasal therapies (mupirocin and povidone-iodine). Read More …

Jan
25

New Burt’s Bees® lipsticks: 100 percent natural and recyclable

Burts-Bees-natural-lipsticks-2By Lindsay Riddell

The Burt’s Bees® brand is launching a line of all-natural, moisturizing lipsticks that will hit shelves in 10 countries and five continents by July 2016.

To develop 100-percent natural lipsticks with beautiful shades that won’t dry out lips, our Burt’s Bees scientists had to think outside the hive, so to speak.

Burt’s Bees products don’t use synthetic colors, such as the bright yellows or blues that are used in the majority of on-trend color palettes. Instead, the team looked to natural mineral colorants and some brightly colored natural ingredients they’d never used before.

Using all-natural ingredients limits the number of colors our scientists could work with to get the shades they want. And when it comes to minerals, they can also be a little dull or dirty looking, so the team had to be very creative in how they combined them to get a broad color palette.

It was worth it, and the team created 14 all-natural, beautiful shades.

The other challenge: Shade pigments can dry lips. Knowing this, the team balanced the pigments with the right natural ingredients, looking beyond coconut oil and beeswax, to ingredients such as moringa and raspberry seed oils, to ensure a final formula that moisturizes for eight hours.

Judge this lipstick by its cover, please

The lipstick case also goes where no beauty brand has gone before — the recycling bin. Read More …

Jan
15

Glad® Canada Plant Achieves Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status 

By Steve Clarke, Environmental & Sustainability Client Manager

Our Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, plant, which manufactures a number of Glad®products, recently achieved a zero-waste-to-landfill status. This noteworthy achievement required a great deal of hard work and effort by the Orangeville team.

The team spent years working on and improving its recycling programs, developed a composting program and began training contractors and new employees on how to keep these efforts moving forward.  By 2014, the plant’s diversion rate was more than 97 percent, and after passing an internal corporate audit, they achieved the company’s “low waste” designation.

In late 2015, the team began diverting the remaining non-recyclable material to a regional waste-to-energy facility, and became our second plant to achieve Clorox’s zero-waste-to-landfill designation, which requires sites to:

  • Recycle or repurpose at least 90 percent of their waste
  • Send the remaining 10 percent or less to a waste-to-energy facility
  • Have virtually no recyclables in any waste container
  • Pass an audit by the environment and sustainability team

Fairfield, California, was Clorox’s first plant to achieve zero waste to landfill, and three other facilities are close to achieving this designation as we work toward our goal to have 10 zero-waste-to-landfill sites by 2020.

Read more about our waste reduction efforts

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Jan
6

Planting Gardens for Our Pollinators

By Roger Lee, Associate Research Fellow

Clorox-ees-plant-pollinator-gardenInspired by the Burt’s Bees® brand and its commitment to pollinators through supportive habitats and educational programs, our employees are giving back to local butterflies, bees and hummingbirds by planting “pollination gardens” around Clorox’s Pleasanton campus.

These new gardens are designed to attract pollinators, providing a natural and sustainable foraging stop for our native friends.

Although none of our employee volunteers is a professional gardener, everyone had a different area of expertise and a passion around gardening and wildlife. Different teams came up with a design, selected the sites, built them, created a maintenance plan and even designed a water reclamation system.

Clorox-ees-plant-pollinator-garden2Pollinators are essential to our environment; their service is required for the reproduction of more than 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species.

The United States alone grows more than 100 crops that either need or benefit from pollinators. The economic value of insect pollination to U.S. crop production is estimated to be $29 billion, and $14 billion of that is the result of honeybee pollination.

The two CPC sites chosen for the first pollinator gardens were previously inconspicuous, 20 foot by 20 foot grass landscapes surrounded by cement. In addition to converting these grassy areas to pollinator-friendly plots, we also planted drought tolerant plants to lower water usage.

These new pollinator plots will not only provide a rich habitat for our local butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, but, as they grow and bloom, will be a colorful addition to the front of our Pleasanton Campus and a reminder of how important pollinators are to our world and our Burt’s Bees business.

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Learn more about how to become Wild For Bees.

Dec
28

Supporting STEM and the Next Gen of Innovators

Kids have awesome imaginations. They transform wood chips into cakes, couches into cars and boxes into castles (that you may or may not be invited to enter).

So when a group of young girls drew what they imagined a scientist looked like, the Green Works® team was surprised that nearly all drew men. Asked why, one girl responded, “Because I’m flipClorox supports STEMping through pages in my science book, and I’m not seeing that many girl scientists.”

STEM is growing, but not for all

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are projected to be the fastest growing professions over the next decade, yet students drop off at every level of the STEM education pipeline, particularly girls and children from low-income households. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 48 percent of all workers are women, yet just 23 percent are in STEM-related fields. Read More …

Dec
14

Swimming Upstream and Down for a Smaller Eco Footprint

By Andrea Rudert

Clorox Total Eco ImpactFact: Only about 12 percent of our company’s environmental impact comes from operating our 37 plants worldwide. Surprised? We were. More surprising still, most of the eco footprint of the 1 billion products we sell annually happens before raw materials arrive at our sites for processing or after consumers buy our products.

We set 2020 Strategy goals to reduce by 20 percent four areas of our operations — energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill. But those goals take us only so far, since they affect just 20 percent of our total environmental footprint, which includes what happens to our finished products.

That’s why we’re looking outside of Clorox, working to influence upstream suppliers (45 percent of our total environmental footprint) and downstream consumers (35 percent of our total environmental footprint) to reduce their own environmental impact. Read More …

Dec
7

Six Ideas for Channeling That Holiday Spirit

We have thousands of people at Clorox who are generous with their time, money and other kinds of donations throughout the year. But when it comes to the holidays, that generosity goes on hyper drive, and our Community Relations team gets inundated with requests from people and teams looking to channel their holiday spirit.

We’re sure you have lots of traditions for celebrating the season, but in case you’re looking for a few more/new ideas, here are some programs that our Community Relations guru Deborah Napierski has helped organize over the years. Read More …

Dec
1

EOYDC: 37 Years of Impact, Efficacy and Sustainability

By Nichelle Rachal, Sr. Community Relations Consultant

The Clorox Company Foundation 35th anniversary ARThis year, The Clorox Company Foundation celebrates 35 years of partnering with our communities to make a lasting, positive impact.  The foundation has supported countless educational and youth development programs as well as cultural arts initiatives, with more than $99 million in cash grants over the last three and a half decades.

One particular organization that has held a special place in our hearts is the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), which even predates the foundation. Our former CEO Bob Shetterly helped spearhead EOYDC’s creation more than 37 years ago. His vision: level the playing field for youth in need and give them the opportunities they need to succeed.

Just this year, EOYDC cut the ribbon on a 6,600 square foot expansion and remodel of its existing facility that will help the nonprofit serve 3,000 young people annually, increasing its reach by 50 percent. There is no doubt Mr. Shetterly would be proud and humbled to see how much the organization has grown and of Clorox’s continued support through grants and volunteerism. Read More …

Nov
25

In Ebola Crisis, Medicine and Gear Saved Lives

Contributed by AmeriCares

With Care, a Baby Survives Ebola

When a tiny 18-month-old baby girl arrived at the Ebola treatment unit in Sinje, Liberia, last February, she remained unconscious for four days. As the staff cared for the baby, they worried: It is rare for children this young to survive Ebola.

AmeriCares-Ebola-survivor-2Limited by the time they could be in full protective gear and with the baby, doctors also watched the tiny patient on security cameras. “We were never sure if she was breathing or not, so we would zoom in on her stomach to see if it was rising and falling,” says the treatment center’s medical coordinator Dr. David Wasambla. Read More …

Nov
19

Corporate Equality Index: What a 100% Score Really Means

By Simone Strydom

Clorox-employees-talk-equalityClorox has earned a top score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace.

Clorox is one of 77 U.S. companies to have earned a perfect score on the CEI every year since 2006 and is one of 407 U.S. companies to earn top marks this year. With its 100 percent score, Clorox has also been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

We reached out to a few Clorox employees, including members of the PRIDE employee resource group, to get their thoughts on Clorox’s performance on the CEI. Read More …

Nov
16

Clorox Healthcare is Supporting Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – You Can Too

By Rosie Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc
Head of Clinical Affairs – Clorox Healthcare

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Antibiotics are meant to help treat or prevent bacterial infections, but their effectiveness is diminished when they are used incorrectly. In fact, inappropriate antibiotic use is estimated to account for 20 to 50 percent of all antibiotic use.1 “Inappropriate” use can mean either:

  1. The use of antibiotics when no health benefit is possible, such as to treat upper respiratory tract infections caused by viruses; or
  2. The suboptimal use of antibiotics for responsive conditions, such as the choice of drugs with an unnecessarily broad spectrum, an incorrect dosage or duration or poor patient adherence to the prescribed treatment.2

An estimated 80 percent of all antibiotics are used in the community outside of hospitals, meaning in outpatient settings such as clinics, health posts and private physicians’ offices.3 In hospitals, even when a specific pathogen is identified, many patients are still given broad-spectrum antibiotics. Because these drugs are effective against a wide range of pathogens, they may contribute to the spread of resistant strains of many non-target organisms. In a two-year study with six hospitals, only 59 percent of patients received appropriate clinical cultures and were placed on antibiotic therapy. However, by the fifth day of therapy, 66 percent of antibiotic therapy regiments remained unchanged, even though 58 percent of patients had a negative clinical culture, indicating that antibiotic therapies should stop.4 Read More …

Nov
11

Celebrating Our Veterans

VetNet-LogoOur expanding network of nearly 400 veterans is a source of tremendous pride for Clorox. On this Veterans Day, we celebrate our employees and all veterans nationwide. We thank you for your service and sacrifices,  and we thank your families for their continuous support before, during and after your call of duty.

We invite you to meet four of our veterans, as profiled by Clorox Associate Marketing Manager and Army Veteran Paul Escajadillo. Read More …