Sustainability in Our Facilities
Clorox’s long-term strategic plan calls for 20% reductions by 2020 in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, water and waste-to-landfill of our manufacturing and distribution operations. All Clorox facilities follow a customized environmental management system (EMS) that tracks, reports and enables continuous improvement to help advance the company’s sustainability goals, while helping ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Regulatory agencies — at both the federal and local level — conduct inspections regularly at all of our manufacturing facilities, focusing on the health, safety and environmental compliance of our product lines. And our Product Supply Organization provides employees with general environmental awareness and subject-specific training related to their roles, including annual regulatory training which is tracked in our EMS.
With nearly half of our sales coming from products that have water as a key ingredient, maintaining freshwater health is fundamental for us. We’ve found opportunities in our supply chain and product development areas to realize ambitious water conservation goals while also reducing costs, distinguishing our brands, meeting consumers’ needs and growing our business. Since 2008, we have reduced our water consumption by 36% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 20% on an absolute basis. This represents a reduction of 207 million gallons of water used in 2018 versus 2007. Since 2014, we’ve conducted third-party independent assurance of our water use. For historical details prior to our current goal period, download Water Consumption 2007-2011.
In 2012, we set a goal to cut our water usage another 20% (per case of product sold) by 2020 versus 2011 base year.
By 2018, we reduced our water consumption by 21% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold versus 2011). On an absolute basis, we reduced water use by 11% in this same period. This represents a reduction of 102 million gallons of water used in 2018 versus 2011, which is the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal.
Year-Over-Year Reduction of Water Consumption (2011-2018)
Clorox sold its Oakland, California, offices in 2013 and discontinued its Venezuela operations in 2014. Total water consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 water reduction goal) was recalculated to exclude water consumed at these facilities. Data for 2012 and 2013 were not recalculated.
Clorox acquired Renew Life in 2016. Total water consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 water reduction goal) was recalculated to include estimated water consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition. Data for 2012-15 were not recalculated.
In 2016, Clorox identified a pump calibration error at one of our Kingsford manufacturing facilities that resulted in overstated water use in previous reporting years. Total water consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 water reduction goal) was recalculated to correct for this error. Data for 2012-15 were not recalculated.
In 2018, Clorox acquired Nutranext and at the end of 2017 opened its new Atlanta West manufacturing facility. Total water consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 water reduction goal) was recalculated to include estimated water use from related facilities associated with this acquisition and new manufacturing facility. Data for 2012–2017 were not recalculated.
Improvements in Infrastructure and Equipment
Our water conservation efforts include a number of water recycling infrastructure and equipment upgrade initiatives, as well as changes to some of our water management practices. Most notably, our Kingsford plants in Parsons, West Virginia, and Belle, Missouri, both reduced their water consumption by more than 40% primarily through investments in water recycling infrastructure and replacing water with air compressor systems.
We’ve also made other improvements, such as replacing water-cooled compressors with air-cooled compressors and upgrading our filtration and recovery systems. And we performed extensive water process mapping and conservation training at all manufacturing facilities, resulting in better plant-level water practices.
Meanwhile, work on water restoration continues through the expansion and improvement of Clorox’s current wastewater treatment infrastructure.
Water Saved with Concentrated Clorox® Bleach
Our transition to concentrated Clorox® bleach saves resources across the life cycle of the product, resulting in the use of 196 million fewer gallons of water annually.