In honor of Earth Day this month, Clorox employees have pledged to adopt new behaviors that save an aggregated 163,000 gallons of water, 5,000 pounds of landfill waste, 28,000 pounds of CO2 and 11,000 kilowatt-hours of energy.
“We are as committed as ever to improving Clorox’s environmental sustainability — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it also makes good business sense,” says CEO Benno Dorer. “Employees have played an integral role in this journey to build a culture of sustainability by generating new ideas and driving sustainable workplace initiatives like the Earth Day Pledge.”
Our commitment to environmental sustainability is firmly embedded in our 2020 Strategy:
In addition to the sustainability goals supporting our 2020 Strategy, we have other goals to improve packaging sustainability by 2020. We are aiming to have more than 90% of our products in recyclable primary packaging; to have clear recycling instructions on all packaging; and to eliminate PVC in all packaging.
While there is still much to do, we know that we are heading in the right direction based on the external recognitions we are receiving. For the third year in a row, Clorox was named Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. In February, the company received two Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: the Goal Achievement Award, recognizing our 16 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2011 as well as the Goal Setting Certificate, acknowledging our aggressive 20 percent greenhouse gas reduction goal between 2012 and 2020. And this Friday, Clorox will be presented with the Green to Gold Award by Duquesne University’s School of Business Administration for excellence across social, environmental and economic performance indicators.
We have much to be proud of and to celebrate this Earth Day. Today is also a time to reflect on ways that we can personally drive sustainability wins in the coming year in our roles at work.