The Clorox Company, headquartered in Oakland, has kicked off its centennial anniversary, celebrating 100 years of growth and innovation in the Bay Area. Going from an initial $500 investment, Clorox has grown into a $5.5 billion multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer goods. Over the last 100 years, Clorox has also diversified its portfolio which now includes many leading household brands such as Burt’s Bees, Green Works, Glad and Brita.
In addition, Clorox is committed to corporate responsibility that includes making a positive difference in its communities. In fiscal year 2012, The Clorox Company Foundation awarded $3.5 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $15 million.
“One hundred years ago, five men invested $500 to start a business here in Oakland, California, with the vision of fulfilling their American dream through a bottle of bleach,” said Chairman and CEO Don Knauss. “Clorox has come a long way since then. Today, we share the same innovative and tenacious spirit of our founders in pursuing growth opportunities for our business and in ensuring the care and quality that goes into every product.”
“Throughout its history – providing the disinfecting power of bleach around the world, donating products during natural disasters, bringing hundreds of products to life that make everyday life better and investing time and resources in our communities – The Clorox Company has earned the trust and respect of people everywhere,” said California Governor Jerry Brown, who attended Clorox’s employee town hall meeting in Oakland. “I congratulate all those present and past who are part of the Clorox family.”
Check out photos of Clorox throughout the years and b-roll at the online press room: www.thecloroxcompany.com/company/centennial.