Clorox CR Awards: Planet, Product and Purpose
Below are a few of our employees’ stand-out efforts in the area of corporate responsibility for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). These teams were recently recognized through our Clorox CR Awards program and receive $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice.
In fiscal year 2014, our San Jose, Costa Rica, manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica, earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification recognizes buildings for best-in-class practices that promote environmental sustainability. Among the many improvements aimed at reducing the building’s environmental footprint, the team installed high-efficiency lighting and wide windows to increase natural lighting, reducing electricity consumption by up to 30 percent. Additionally, the team installed rainwater recycling systems for toilets and low-consumption sinks and urinals to reduce water consumption by up to 40 percent. To encourage recycling, the team took all trash cans out of the building, and all office cleaning efforts use Green Works® products. This is the company’s first LEED certification outside of the U.S.
This past year, our Brita® team redesigned the packaging of many Brita® pitchers to reduce waste and increase the visibility of the pitchers on store shelves. The new open carton design significantly reduces the amount of packaging material needed for each pitcher, saving approximately 160 tons of plastic, 273 tons of paper and 3.35 million gallons of water annually.
- Strategic giving that supports sustainable agriculture and community gardening projects that promote honeybee and human health.
- Good neighbor giving, which supports nonprofits promoting people, planet and social enterprise.