AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO Industries, a leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions and the inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, announced today the publication of its fifth annual Sustainability Report. The report, What Matters Most, focuses on the company's sustainability progress throughout 2015 and into early 2016, and highlights its progress against its 2015 operational impact goals and the material topics that informed the GOJO 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals.
"The GOJO Purpose, Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions, drives us to innovate and create Sustainable Value for all GOJO stakeholders," said Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, vice chair, GOJO. "Through leading and learning, our team lives out our commitment to sustainability and strives to continuously collaborate and strengthen our understanding of our stakeholders' desires and goals."
This latest sustainability report is the company's first report developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This report features stories that bring to life the metrics and show how GOJO team members are advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability results. The report also focuses on the materiality topics GOJO stakeholders identified in the company's 2015 Materiality Assessment and how engaging stakeholders through this process informed the next round of enterprise sustainability goals. The report cites the following accomplishments:
2015 Goals and Performance – In 2010, GOJO set goals to reduce its operational impacts. At the end of 2015, GOJO had exceeded its 2015 targets, and reduced water usage by 51 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent and solid waste generated by 47 percent.
2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals – The following are the 2020 strategies and goals GOJO announced in Dec. 2015. This report details these goals and the strides GOJO is making to implement and achieve them.
- Innovate to Create Sustainable Value – GOJO will reduce its Chemical Footprint by 50 percent; establish and maintain an industry-leading sustainable chemistry policy; double global sales from products with third-party certifications; and 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.
"Our sustainability goals have evolved from reducing our own operational impacts to understanding our stakeholders' priorities and creating social, environmental and economic value throughout our entire value chain," said Nicole Koharik, GOJO corporate communications director. "At GOJO, we focus on collaboration, engagement and looking for new ways to deliver what matters most."
For more information about sustainability at GOJO, view the 2015/2016 GOJO Sustainability Report at www.GOJO.com/sustainability-report.
GOJO, the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, is 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, skin care formulas and surface sprays 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 technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held, family-owned corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Brazil.
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