Our company was founded on the promise of a safer way to clean hands. During World War II, GOJO Co-founder Goldie Lippman and her co-workers came home from working at a rubber factory in Akron, Ohio, with raw and damaged skin from the harsh, carcinogenic chemicals used to remove the graphite, carbon and tar from their hands. Caring for people’s health and well-being is what inspired Goldie and her husband Jerry to create a new kind of hand cleaner. Jerry’s innovative spirit and passion to create an effective hand cleaner that was gentler and safer for the workers’ skin was the beginning of GOJO.
Sustainability has been a part of the GOJO story from the beginning. Jerry and Goldie
created and instilled a culture of practicality, resourcefulness, perseverance, integrity and social responsibility, and that culture remains intact. Sustainability plays a pivotal role in how GOJO operates today.
Since our founding in 1946, we have gone from producing a single hand cleaner to delivering a broad portfolio of hygiene solutions, throughout the world. We develop industry-leading well-being solutions, including hand sanitizers, hand soaps, hand sanitizing wipes, as well as skin lotions and innovative dispensing and electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems. Our latest innovation, PURELL® Surface Disinfecting and Sanitizing Sprays are EPA Design for Environment certified and demonstrate our commitment to delivering well-being solutions for people, places and the environment.
Over the last 70 years, we have grown to serve a wide range of away-from-home markets, including schools, healthcare facilities, hotels, office buildings and manufacturing facilities. Today, GOJO continues to expand our presence around the world with sales in more than 83 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Our 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals illustrate how we live our commitment to sustainability. Our dedication to protecting health and well-being guides our work. Today, we source sustainable materials, advance sustainable chemistry practices, earn third-party product certifications, reduce waste, and look at ways to partner with stakeholders to drive sustainable practices. We will continue to innovate, create and deliver sustainable hygiene products, and work toward our vision of healthy people living on a healthy planet for generations to come.