RACINE, Wis., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson today announced a partnership with the Rio de Janeiro-based Associacao Saude Criança (ASC), or Children's Health Association. SC Johnson will donate 25,000 units of OFF!® personal repellent to be distributed to needy families in Rio and southern Brazil.
"The people of Brazil have been the hardest hit by the Zika virus and we are committed to doing our part to help protect needy families from the spread of this virus," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "Our Brazilian headquarters is located in Rio de Janeiro and SCJ people have seen firsthand the devastating effects the Zika virus has had on the community."
Following the outbreak in Brazil, SC Johnson ramped up its production to meet the greatly increased demand in the country, which is running up to 900% above last year, and to ensure adequate supply of personal repellents for the people of Brazil. SC Johnson has a long history in Brazil, dating back to 1935.
ASC is a non-profit organization that works with Brazilian families who are suffering from chronic disease and poverty to develop action plans to improve their home environment and ultimately lead self-sufficient lives. The organization runs a number of family-oriented programs, including one specifically targeted toward pregnant women and women with young children. ASC is an award-winning organization with international corporate sponsors and partners.
"At that moment when Brazil is suffering so much due to Zika and its complication, this donation will make a huge different for the families participating in Saúde Criança's program. They will be able to protect themselves and minimize the chances of getting ill. Thank you SC Johnson," said Cristiana Velloso, Operational Director.
The donation is part of SC Johnson's overall commitment to donate at least $15 million over the next year to help combat mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of insect repellent and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Raid®, Autan® and Baygon®. For nearly 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the Entomology Research Center in Racine, Wis., the biggest private, urban entomology research center in the world. For more information, please go to www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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