SOURCE: The Clorox Company

The Clorox Company

October 26, 2015 06:30 ET

The Clorox Company Becomes Signatory to United Nations Global Compact

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwired - October 26, 2015) - The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) announced today it has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate responsibility (CR) initiative. Signatories pledge to support and promote 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

"Corporate responsibility has been a cornerstone of our company since our founding in 1913, and we look forward to working with other like-minded companies and organizations to support the UN's 10 principles," said Clorox CEO Benno Dorer. "Through our CR Strategy and 2020 goals, we will continue to make sustainability core to how we do business."

Clorox was also recently recognized with a 2015 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association's East Bay chapter. The company received the award for its strong environmental management record and commitment to corporate responsibility, which aligns with many of the United Nation's Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 2008, Clorox has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent, water usage by 23 percent, energy usage by 12 percent and waste to landfill by 50 percent on a per-case basis. Clorox has also made sustainability improvements to more than 50 percent of its product portfolio since 2008.1 In 2012, Clorox set new goals to reduce its footprint in GHG emissions, water and energy usage, and waste to landfill by 20 percent each on a per-case-sold basis, as well as make sustainability improvements to 50 percent of its portfolio, by 2020.

Among the company's many corporate responsibility initiatives, since 2012, the Clorox Safe Water program has provided public bleach dispensers to help safely disinfect drinking water in rural Peru, while also teaching the importance of safe water and good hygiene. Over the next four years, the program will provide more than 100 million liters of safe drinking water annually to 25,000 people.

In the past three years, Clorox has provided cash and product donations to aid in disaster relief in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Nepal, Japan, Haiti, Canada and the U.S. The company has also donated Clorox® regular bleach to help fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean and the H1N1 flu in Mexico.

1 A sustainability improvement is defined as either 1) a 5 percent or more reduction in product or packaging materials on a per-consumer-use basis; 2) an environmentally beneficial change to 10 percent or more of packaging or active ingredients on a per-consumer-use basis; 3) a 10 percent reduction in required usage of water or energy by consumer; or 4) an environmentally beneficial sourcing change to 20 percent or more of active ingredients or packaging on a per-consumer-use basis.

The Clorox Company

The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with about 7,700 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2015 sales of $5.7 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh Step® cat litter; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration products and Burt's Bees® natural personal care products. The company also markets brands for professional services, including Clorox Healthcare® and Clorox Commercial Solutions®. More than 80 percent of the company's sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

The company also has been recognized recently for its corporate responsibility efforts with two Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and inclusion on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings and Corporate Responsibility magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2015 list. The Clorox Company and The Clorox Company Foundation contributed approximately $15 million in combined cash grants, product donations, cause marketing and employee volunteerism during the past year. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com, the CR Matters Blog and follow the company on Twitter at @CloroxCo.

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