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JOURNEY TO GREEN

OUR PURPOSE

The world is changing. The exploitation of fossil fuels for energy is harming the planet with every year that passes, and plastic has transformed from wonder-material to growing ecological disaster. In the next 10 minutes alone, more than 5.2 million kilograms of plastic waste will be generated.

We believe it’s the responsibility of every company and individual to work towards a better, more sustainable future. That means reducing environmental impacts, plastic waste, and emissions. It means looking after our planet, its ecosystems, and its people.

Here’s what we’re doing at GOJO to build that future.

OUR PRINCIPLES

To create a better future for everyone, we’re working by four simple principles.

CLEAN CHEMISTRY

The presence of ecotoxic chemicals into natural environments is harmful to both plants and animals. We’re making our chemistry cleaner by reducing the environmental impact of our formulas and improving their biodegradability, all while ensuring they’re as safe as possible for people.

PLASTICS & CIRCULARITY

The accumulation of waste plastic in our oceans and terrestrial environments harms ecosystems and their inhabitants. To combat this, we’re working to make our packaging fully recyclable, replacing virgin plastic with recycled plastics.

FLOURISHING TEAM GOJO

People are at the heart of our journey to green, so we need to make sure we take care of them as we go. By improving working quality and safety for our teams, and by striving for equality and empowerment for all those who work for us, we’re investing in a better future.

RESILIENCE & CLIMATE RESPONSIBILITY

Reckless energy consumption and needless waste production result in more emissions and more solids sent to landfill. We’ve got our sights set on carbon neutrality, and are actively reducing the solid and liquid waste our operations produce.

OUR PLEDGES

Change cannot occur without action, which is why we’ve marked out the Journey To Green milestones below.

Earn an Ecovadis Gold Medal

2023

Reduce liquid waste produced by 20%

2024

Score a minimum of 86/100 on the Gender Equality Index

2024

Reduce solid waste production by 20%

2025

Reduce our energy consumption by 20%

2025

Switch all products to 100% recyclable packaging

2025

Use 30% less virgin plastic in product packaging

2025

Offer alternatives to quaternary ammoniums for 100% of biocidal formulations

2025

Offer alternatives to sulfated and ethoxylated surfactants for 100% of cosmetic formulas

2025

Remove fragrances classified as sensitizing.

2025

GOAL 1
ACHIEVED
2024

GOAL 2
ACHIEVED
2025

All cosmetic formulas biodegradable

2030

End of single
use plastics

2040

Carbon net zero
by 2050 at the latest

2050

OUR PROGRESS

At GOJO, we recognise that there’s a long way to go, but we also want to take time to celebrate the progress we’ve already made.

CARBON FOOTPRINT ANALYSIS

We’ve completed an analysis of our current carbon footprint. Only by understanding the extent and causes of our current environmental impact could we create a plan to reduce it.

This analysis has given us a benchmark toimprove against, and led to the creation of the pledges you’ve seen above.

RECYCLED PET PLASTIC

GOJO is the first hand hygiene producer to use 100% PCR-PET for refills and packaging. PCR-PET stands for Post-Consumer Recycled Polyethylene terephthalate. It’s plastic that’s been recycled and turned into something new.

Life cycle analysis shows that our new PCR-PET refills produce 93.8% fewer greenhouse gasses compared to virgin PET.

SILVER ECOVADIS MEDAL

We’re thrilled that GOJO was awarded the EcoVadis Silver Medal in 2022. EcoVadis is the largest and most reliable sustainability evaluator in our sector, and a Silver Metal puts GOJO in the top 25% of companies for environmental, social, and ethical performance.

But the journey doesn’t stop there, we’re aiming for an EcoVadis Gold Medal in 2023.

EU ECOLABEL CERTIFICATION

The GOJO Skincare range is European Ecolabel certified. Being awarded this certification means our products have met high-level requirements for limiting the impact they have on the environment and health, without reducing their performance. Assessment criteria include biodegradability, waste, aquatic impact, use of hazardous substances, and product efficiency.

PURELL® ADVANCED HYGIENIC HAND RUB REFILLS FOR ES4, ES6, AND ES8 BY CRADLE TO CRADLE

PURELL Advanced ES4, ES6, and ES8 refills have received certification from Cradle to Cradle. This certification encourages the switch to a circular economy by assessing according to five criteria: toxicity, circularity, renewable energy, respect for water, and respect for social rules. It evaluates both the product itself and its method of manufacturing.

PURELL HEALTHY SOAP IS ECOLOGO CERTIFIED

ECOLOGO certification means the Clean Release Technology used by our PURELL Healthy Soap products has met high standards across a range of criteria. These criteria include the emission of air and water pollutants, energy consumption, management of residual materials, and use of fibre.

WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO...

Our Journey to Green is just beginning, and all of us at GOJO recognise it will be a long, tough road, but we’re committed to making these changes.

If you’d like to join us on the journey, whether by working with us, using us as a supplier, or learning from our developments, we’d love to hear from you.