Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability
We have a strong commitment to ethical business practices and treating people with dignity, respect and equal opportunity. We expect the same commitment from business partners. Adherence to our Business Partner Code of Conduct and Human Rights Commitment — which articulate our expectations regarding human rights and labor, health and safety, the environment, and business conduct and ethics — are required of our partners, with certification taking place on a regular basis. Meanwhile, our responsible sourcing and sustainability program helps us assess our own upstream supply chain against social and environmental impacts.
Very few Clorox products contain minerals specified in Rule 13p-1 the Security Exchange Act of 1934. This applies to products we manufacture as well as those we contract manufacture. Some of our laundry additives and personal care products do include Covered Minerals.
For full details, please read our SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure report.
More than 90% of our fiber use is in our packaging, both the primary package that contains some of our products and the secondary packaging in which we ship our products. Our strategy to minimize the impact of our fiber sourcing begins with reducing the amount of fiber we use. Next, we strive to maximize recycled fiber to meet the majority of our needs. When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible forestry practices have been followed.
The company’s use of palm oil ingredients is largely limited to derivatives of palm and palm kernel oil. Typically present in very small percentages as sub-components of surfactants, fatty alcohols, emulsifiers or fragrances, palm oil derivatives are used in some of our bio-based and conventional cleaning products, food flavorings and fragrances as well as natural personal care products such as cleansers, lotions, shampoos and soaps. Palm oil derivatives are important ingredients in our formulas; however, Clorox’s total palm oil ingredient volume represents less than 0.01 percent of palm oil produced globally each year.
Given that our palm oil impact is relatively small on a global scale, we believe the most effective way to influence progress in the supply chain is through collaboration and partnership with our suppliers, consumer packaged goods peers and nongovernmental organizations.