AKRON, OH -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/13 -- GOJO Industries often shares insights about the interdependence of social, environmental and economic sustainability and how organizations can balance all three to drive their sustainability progress.
Nicole Koharik, global sustainability marketing director for GOJO, said, "Environmental, social and economic activities work as an ecosystem where each is dependent on the other. While social sustainability is sometimes forgotten, organizations need all three to truly make significant change."
As a purpose-driven company focused on advancing well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin, GOJO frequently has opportunities to address social sustainability. Commonly asked questions are:
"What is social sustainability?"
"What is the role of social relative to environmental and economic sustainability?"
"What are examples of social sustainability in action?"
"I answer the question, 'What is social sustainability?' in the context of our work at GOJO," Koharik said. "It's about enhancing people's quality of life and reducing risks to human health and well-being."
Social sustainability and environmental and economic initiatives work symbiotically. "Social, environmental and economic initiatives are most effective when they reinforce each other," Koharik said. "They are mutually dependent and require balance. Working to minimize our impact on the environment is not more important than enhancing the quality of people's lives and working in ways that create economic value for our business and our stakeholders. In turn, people are better off on a healthy planet."
Examples of social sustainability abound at GOJO. "For instance, our company's long-term goal is to bring well-being to 1 billion people every day," Koharik said.
GOJO has supported work that resulted in employing hand sanitizer to reduce illness among children in daycare facilities in a developing, water-restricted region of Colombia.
"Another example of an initiative that covers the three domains of sustainability occurs when we develop new green chemistry that promotes well-being with formulations that people love to use for good hand hygiene, and simultaneously reduces environmental impacts," Koharik said. "This shows that synergy across the domains of sustainability is very achievable and worthwhile."
GOJO Industries Inc., inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes PURELL Hand Sanitizer in away-from-home markets throughout the world. In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under GOJO® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO has a 66-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil.
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