Global consumer brands company Clorox announced new climate-focused sustainability targets, including a pledge to cut carbon emissions across its operations by 50% and to reduce Scope 3 emissions generated across its value chain by 25% by 2030.
According to the company, the new goals are aligned with the pathway to achieving net zero emissions across Scopes 1, 2, and 3 by 2050, and the commitments have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). SBTi was formed as a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), with the goal to establish science-based environmental target setting as a standard corporate practice.
Linda Rendle, CEO of The Clorox Company, said:
“As a health and wellness company at heart, we recognize that the long-term well-being of future generations depends on the health of our planet. Taking decisive climate action is essential to protecting our planet and communities and demonstrates our commitment to our purpose – to champion people to be well and thrive. We have strong aspirations for decarbonizing our business as we accelerate our growth agenda for long-term value creation for all stakeholders.”
To achieve its new targets, the company outlined several initiatives, including maintaining the use of 100% renewable electricity for U.S and Canada Operations. To address Scope 3 emissions, which constitutes the majority of the company’s carbon footprint, Clorox plans to incorporate climate considerations into purchased goods and services, reduce virgin material, and increase the use of post-consumer recycled content in packaging, and innovate to reduce the carbon footprint of products.
According to Clorox, the new targets andvance the company’s IGNITE sustainability strategy, introduced in 2019.
Ed Huber, Clorox’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said:
“We are proud to announce these ambitious new targets as part of our commitment to reducing Clorox’s carbon footprint. When we first introduced our IGNITE strategy, we took the important step of embedding ESG goals into our choices to help ensure that our decision making, and growth plans are consistent with our low carbon vision. Today’s commitments are important steps in our journey to delivering growth in a responsible and sustainable way.”