AKRON, Ohio, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO, inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, was once again recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading healthcare community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge, as a winner of this year's Champion for Change Award. GOJO was honored for success in greening its internal operations and helping its customers and associates advance sustainable practices.
The Champion for Change Award honors businesses that supply the healthcare sector who have not only taken steps to improve their organization's green practices, they have gone the extra mile to help their clients and associates expand their sustainable practices as well.
"The GOJO Purpose – Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions – inspires our deep commitment to sustainability and is inherent to everything we do," said Nicole Koharik, GOJO global sustainability marketing director. "We are dedicated to listening to our customers, leading the industry by innovating and developing products and policies that create sustainable value for all of our stakeholders."
"This year, we recognize GOJO for its ongoing commitment to improving its environmental performance and the organization's pride in realizing a top standard of excellence in sustainability," said Paul Bogart, executive director of Practice Greenhealth.
The Champion for Change Award is reserved for organizational partners supplying healthcare products and services that are considerate of the earth and its resources. The winners of this award have achieved success in greening their own organization and have also assisted others who are committed to improving their environmental performance.
GOJO was recognized for its dedication to advancing its social, environmental and economic sustainability goals. In late 2015, GOJO announced its 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals, which are:
- Innovate to Create Sustainable Value – GOJO will cut its Chemical Footprint in half; establish and maintain an industry-leading sustainable chemistry policy; double global sales from products with third-party certifications; and source reduce packaging material by 15 percent.
- Elevate Public Health and Well-Being – The company's long-term social sustainability goal is to bring well-being to one billion people every day. GOJO will work towards achieving this goal while striving to be the most recognized advocate for well-being through hygiene in our industry.
- Steward a Thriving Environment – GOJO will recover and either reuse or recycle 50 percent of dispenser materials from the value chain; migrate 90 percent of GOJO Strategic, Preferred and Collaborative suppliers to meet GOJO Sustainable Value Responsible Sourcing Criteria; and power its distribution operations by renewable energy.
- Foster a Culture of Sustainable Value – Continue to inspire team members to act in ways that deliver Sustainable Value through Sustainable Ways of Working (SWOW℠) with positive impact for GOJO, its team members and the communities in which we live and work. All of GOJO core processes will be infused with SWOW, which brings sustainability strategies to everything we do, and all GOJO team members will be engaged in SWOW.
GOJO received the award at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards, which were presented in Dallas on May 19, 2016, at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability.
GOJO Industries is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing systems, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Brazil.
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.
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