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October 18, 2012
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News and information on the cleaning products industry

  Business Update 
  • Detergent industry leaders to meet in Singapore
    Leaders of the global fabric and home care industry will meet in Singapore this month for the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care. Over two days, attendees will go to sessions that address shifts in markets, the role of sustainability and other aspects of the detergent industry's progress, trends and future. HAPPI magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P&G's listening posts rapidly respond to social sphere
    Procter & Gamble operates what its calls the "Tide Newsdesk" to rapidly respond to social media chatter, says Global Brand Building Officer Marc Pritchard. One notable effort took advantage of NASCAR workers using Tide to clean up a fuel spill at a race, and it resulted in 350 million impressions. The Newsdesk also allows the company to handle missteps, such as in a poorly received Pantene push. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • ACI: California's proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations are unclear, would cause confusion in the marketplace, place heavy burdens on business and provide little benefit to consumers. Read more  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The war on triclosan could lead to bacterial resurgence
    The antibacterial triclosan is a frequent target despite a long history of proven safety, writes Michael D. Shaw. "Triclosan is one of the most thoroughly studied and researched ingredients over the past 40 years," says Richard Sedlak of the American Cleaning Institute. "Extensive regulatory and scientific reviews of triclosan by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other regulatory bodies around the world, have found the uses of triclosan to be safe." (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sustainability gives brands a chance to connect with customers
    International Flavors & Fragrances' manufacturing facility in Singapore boasts automated processes to reduce the use of energy, cleaning chemicals and water. It's a trend many companies are deploying as sustainability becomes more popular with consumers, corporate leaders and employees. "Expectations about large companies are becoming more demanding, with people believing [firms] should invest more in sustainability, share prosperity and create value for society as a whole," said Jean-Paul Agon, L'Oréal's chairman and CEO. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you a do-gooder? Don't be so shy about it
    Unilever's Lifebuoy soap brand is saving lives by helping to boost hygiene in the developing world, writes executive Myriam Sidibe. The challenge now is figuring out how to talk up the company's successes without rubbing consumers the wrong way. "Businesses often find it difficult to mention these two objectives in the same breath: how can you possibly equate stopping children dying with increasing sales and profits? Our experience tells us that you have to do that," Sidibe says. Harvard Business Review online (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • ACI Convention Leadership Panel to feature Amway, Clorox, Ecolab executives
    One of the highlights of ACI's 2013 Annual Meeting & Industry Convention will be an Executive Leadership Panel featuring Douglas Baker, CEO, Ecolab; Donald Knauss, chairman and CEO, Clorox; and Steve Van Andel, chairman, Amway. The Jan. 31 panel discussion will be moderated by veteran broadcast journalist Forrest Sawyer. ACI member companies can register today for the Convention, set from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 at the Grande Lakes Orlando. Read more from ACI.
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  • Celebrating Global Handwashing Day -- every day
    ACI is proud to be a strong supporter of Global Handwashing Day, which fosters and supports a global culture of handwashing with soap. To encourage hand hygiene programs and practices in our schools, ACI reminds you of Healthy Schools, Healthy People -- It's a SNAP, a joint initiative of ACI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This handwashing awards program is a hands-on initiative that's designed to help keep students in school and learning by improving overall health through promoting clean hands. Find out more information by contacting us by e-mail. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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