Donations, Educational Materials from SC Johnson Help Protect the Most Vulnerable Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases
RACINE, Wis., April 27, 2018 – In honor of its longstanding efforts to help protect consumers against mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and dengue fever, SC Johnson today announced it has received an award from EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on pandemic prevention and conservation. The award highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to provide donations and educational materials across the globe to families most at risk. EcoHealth Alliance presents this award annually to a company or individual who is leading the way in social responsibility or sustainability. Past recipients include L’Oréal, Colgate-Palmolive and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Mosquito-borne diseases can have a devastating effect on individuals and communities, and we remain committed to helping protect the most vulnerable,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are honored to be recognized by EcoHealth Alliance for our decades of expertise in insect science and continuing efforts to provide education on mosquito protection to families around the world.”
EcoHealth Alliance paid tribute to SC Johnson’s commitment to using education as a tool to help families protect against mosquito-borne diseases. The company was also recognized for delivering on its promise to donate $15 million in pest control products and financial support to help at-risk families combat mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus. The donations were distributed through collaborations with charitable organizations in response to the 2016 global outbreak of Zika and dengue fever.
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“It was our delight to applaud SC Johnson for its efforts to battle the spread of mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance. “Their history of philanthropy with regards to pest control is a perfect fit with the evening’s theme of Standing Between You and the Next Pandemic.”
The award was presented to SC Johnson at EcoHealth Alliance’s annual benefit on April 26 in New York City. The evening’s theme of “Standing Between You and the Next Pandemic” emphasized EcoHealth Alliance’s unique One Health approach – that the health of humans, animals and the environment is linked to global health and conservation. More than 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin and one-third of those outbreaks can be linked to wildlife displacement due to deforestation. EcoHealth Alliance believes that it is possible to save lives, protect wildlife and preserve the environment at the same time.
SC Johnson and Insect Science
SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellents and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® and Baygon®. For more than 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health located in Racine, Wisconsin. The SC Johnson Institute is one of the largest private, urban entomology research facilities in the world.
To further drive education and provide resources to families, SC Johnson offers tips and videos on how families can protect themselves from mosquito bites at www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. The site is available in 13 languages and videos on the site have been viewed nearly 25 million times.
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 132-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
About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 45 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife, environmental, and public health from the emergence of disease. Approximately 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS, MERS, and West Nile virus have all originated in animals before spilling over to human populations. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions to determine where research and field work are needed to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach working in more than 30 countries worldwide. EcoHealth Alliance's strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, capacity building, and policy initiatives. www.ecohealthalliance.org