RACINE, Wis., Aug. 1, 2016 — Today, SC Johnson announced a donation of more than 500,000 OFF! Deep Woods® Towelettes to the CDC Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The personal insect repellent will be provided to the CDC Foundation and disbursed through a variety of channels, including Zika prevention kits in U.S. territories as well as through other activities and events taking place in Puerto Rico.
“The people of SC Johnson are proud of the continuing partnership we’ve built with the CDC Foundation to help protect needy families in the U.S. and Puerto Rico from the mosquitoes that may carry Zika,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We were honored to be the first company to respond to the CDC earlier this year. This new donation will help the CDC extend their efforts to help prevent this devastating disease, particularly for pregnant women.”
“SC Johnson is a vital partner to us in the Zika response,” said Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “Through this generous and essential donation, we are able to help protect people who are at most risk for Zika.”
Earlier this year, SC Johnson sent an initial donation of 60,000 units of OFF!® personal repellent, which contains DEET, to the CDC for Zika prevention kits that were targeted to help pregnant women in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The kits included educational materials, products and tools to help prevent the contraction and transmission of Zika.
Today’s donation is the latest announcement in SC Johnson’s ongoing efforts to provide up to $15 million in resources globally to help protect against mosquitoes this year. To date, more than $7 million of OFF!® products and financial donations have been provided to organizations to aid in mosquito protection around the world, especially those regions with high risk of Zika virus and dengue fever outbreaks.
In coordination with the CDC Foundation, SC Johnson supported the Zika Action Plan Summit held by the White House and the CDC on April 1. Donations have also been made to the American Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross, Feeding America, PSI, AmeriCares, the Rio de Janeiro-based Children’s Health Association and the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellent and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Raid®, Autan® and Baygon®. For 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the Entomology Research Center in Racine, the largest private, urban entomology research center in the world. In their research, they create products consumers can trust to meet their pest control needs.
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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 130-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