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- Along with Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox is one of the leading manufacturers of household cleaning products.
- In addition to cleaning products, the Clorox Company also manufactures cat littler, Brita water filters, plastic storage containers, and food sauces.
- The Clorox Co. is the owner of Burt's Bees, a popular maker of natural personal care products.
- In 2008 Clorox introduced its 'Green Works' line of natural househould cleaners, making it one of the first major manufacturers to enter the 'all-natural' market.
-- Profile Updated 02/10/2009
About Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is most well-known for its bleach products. However, it also produces cat litter (Fresh Step, Scoop Away), charcoal (Kingsford), plastic wrap and storage bags (Glad brand), food sauces (Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece), car products (Armor All, STP), Brita water filters and Burt’s Bees natural personal care products. In 2007 the Clorox Co. employed 7,800 people. The Clorox Company reported $5.3 billion in sales in 2008.
Brita North America
- Burt's Bees
- First Brands
Contact Clorox Company
Oakland, CA 94612 USA
In January of 2009, The Clorox Company launched a recycling program for Brita pitcher water filters. Customers can drop off their used filters at Whole Foods Markets or mail them to Preserve, a plastics recycling company that partnered with Clorox for the recycling program. Plastic from the filter casings will be recycled into Preserve products (plastic tableware, storage containers, and toothbrushes), while the filter ingredients (activated carbon) will be either converted into energy or regenerated for alternative uses. Used filters can be sent to: Preserve Gimme 5, 823 NYS Rte 13 Cortland, NY 13045
-- Take Back the Filter, 02/09/2009
Source URL: www.takebackthefilter.org/
Climate Counts, a non-profit that rates companies based on their actions regarding climate change, gave Clorox a score of 15 out of 100 in its 2008 Climate Scorecard. Although the Clorox Co. has recently started reporting its greenhouse gas emissions, it has yet to adopt goals for reducing its emissions or requiring its suppliers to reduce their emissions.
-- Climate Counts, 02/09/2009
Source URL: climatecounts.org/scorecard_score.php?co=14
In 2008, the Mexican environmental agency, PROFEPA, awarded Clorox Mexico with the designation of ‘Clean Industry’ for actions towards waste management, reducing environmental risk, and natural resource usage.
-- The Clorox Company, 01/01/2009
In January of 2008, Clorox introduced its ‘Green Works’ line of cleaning products, becoming the first major consumer products company with a line of environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies. The Sierra Club has endorsed the products, allowing its logo to be used as part of the Green Works brand. It is the first time the group has endorsed a household cleaning product.
-- Tree Hugger, 01/14/2008
Alkyl polyglucoside, one of the natural ingredients in Clorox’s Green Works cleaners, is derived from coconut oil. Some environmental groups have criticized large-scale palm and coconut plantations, claiming that clearing land for such plantations has resulted in severe habitat loss and deforestation, particularly in Indonesia. This environmental destruction has devastated orangutan populations in both Malaysian Borneo and Indonesia.
-- New York Times, 01/06/2007
Ethics and Governance
In 2008, The Clorox Company CEO Donald R. Knauss earned $6,541,485 in total compensation according to the SEC.
-- AFL-CIO, 02/09/2009
During the 2008 election cycle, Clorox Co’s political action committee donated $12,000 to federal candidates, 67% to Democrats and 33% to Republicans.
-- Open Secrets, 12/31/2008
In November 2007, The Clorox Company paid $925 million to acquire North Carolina-based Burt’s Bees, which makes all-natural personal care products.
-- Hoovers Company Records, 11/01/2007
In 2007, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) criticized the EPA for allowing Clorox to put slogans on several of its bleach products indicating that a portion of the retail purchase price would be donated to the Red Cross. Clorox pressured the EPA to overturn its original objections to the new labeling. PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch stated that the EPA’s ruling meant that “even the most dangerous chemical” can be made to appear safe and environmentally friendly if companies are allowed to dilute labels meant to be used for safety information with charity slogans.
-- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, 01/22/2007
Source URL: www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=808
The Clorox Company performs limited animal testing of its products, including Armor All, Formula 409, Liquid Plummer, Pine-Sol, and Tilex.
-- Caring Consumer, 01/01/2007
Source URL: search.caringconsumer.com/
The Clorox Co. received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 02/09/2009
Health and Safety
Clorox provides Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all of its cleaning products on its website. Though not applicable to consumer use, they provide valuable safety information on the cleaning chemicals to businesses and workers.
-- The Clorox Company, 02/09/2009
The Clorox Company’s most well-known product is its Clorox Bleach. While the Clorox Co. maintains that its chlorine bleach mostly breaks down into salt and water in the environment, online environmental news source Grist.org writes that it is possible for chlorine bleach to form organochlorines. In addition to being suspected carcinogens, organochlorines are “reproductive, neurological, and immune-system toxins.”
-- Daily Grist, 02/09/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency fined The Clorox Company $95,000 in 2007 for illegally distributing a pesticide. Clorox distributed Clorox Disinfectant Bleach to Los Angeles charities that was originally intended for export to Asia, and thus lacked the proper English language labeling and instructions required by United States law.
-- Environmental Research Foundation, 12/17/2007