As a family company committed to creating a better world, we prioritize taking action on initiatives that drive transformative change on pressing environmental and health issues.
Since joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in 2018, we have significantly increased the post-consumer recycled content in our packaging, reduced virgin plastic use and made more than half of our plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable. Moreover, we are setting the benchmark for the highest percentage of reusable plastic packaging in the Commitment's household and personal care sector.
We're actively advocating for change through government engagement worldwide, participating in over a dozen discussions since the end of 2022 to strengthen plastics regulations. Forums such as the Retail Council of Canada's Retail Sustainability Conference and collaborations with groups like the Consumer Goods Forum have allowed us to contribute to developing optimal Extended Producer Responsibility design and eco-modulation guiding principles.
Overcoming the challenges we face in stopping the plastic waste crisis, specifically its impact on our oceans, starts with raising awareness and inspiring a movement of collective efforts on the tangible things that will make a meaningful difference. We are investing in educational initiatives such as the Blue Paradox exhibit in Chicago to show that simple actions can break the single-use culture and inspire a movement of collective efforts – from governments, companies and individuals – to stop plastic waste from becoming plastic pollution.
Collaborations and partnerships are crucial to leveraging our scientific expertise in the fight against malaria. Engagements with President William Samoei Ruto of Kenya led to a $10 million commitment to advance spatial repellent distribution, fund malaria prevention education and establish health clinics in rural Kenyan communities. Similarly, meetings with President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania and other partners resulted in a commitment of $1.5 million to resources for combatting malaria in remote areas of the country.
We are poised to enter a new chapter in our decades-long work to scale up successful interventions and strategies to reduce the incidence and burden of vector-borne disease. Recently completed studies in Kenya have demonstrated the efficacy of our innovative spatial repellents, Mosquito Shield™ and Guardian™. We are now supporting the remaining research the World Health Organization requires for a policy recommendation for repellents – one of the first new recommended malaria prevention tools in 25 years.
Overcoming the challenges we face in stopping the plastic waste crisis, specifically its impact on our oceans, starts with raising awareness and inspiring a movement of collective efforts on the tangible things that will make a meaningful difference. We are investing in educational initiatives such as the Blue Paradox exhibit in Chicago to show that simple actions can break the single-use culture and inspire a movement of collective efforts – from governments, companies, and individuals – to stop plastic waste from becoming plastic pollution.
Partnerships like "Bringing the Ocean to the Classroom" in the U.K. with Ocean Generation target the 20% most deprived geographies. Our collaboration with the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation in China educates 30,000 primary and middle school students in 100 schools yearly on STEM subjects. The support we provide At Teach for Malaysia allows them to recruit, train and develop leadership in teachers who can deliver quality STEM education to underserved students in Perak and Sarawak.
We know the world's most significant issues often require complex solutions, and we are grateful for the collaborative efforts of all our partners in helping us push forward ideas, initiatives and partnerships that are making a meaningful difference. We hope you find this report informative and reflective of our actions and progress towards a better.
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