The household products company announced a new initiative Wednesday, called Safer Today, geared toward boosting standards for infection control and disinfectant protocol in public spaces.
Clorox is partnering with both the Cleveland Clinic and CDC Foundation in an effort to get the message across that it’s just as important for businesses to stress cleanliness and safety in a world now obsessed with keeping safe from contagious diseases.
“We’re focusing on best practices as people go back out in the world,” said Tony Matt, the company’s chief growth officer, in an interview with CNN Business.
Matt said Clorox has added significant capacity and now can ship 1.5 million packages of wipes per day, up from 1 million a year ago. The company is planning to increase production further to meet a goal of 2 million daily packages over the next few months.
Investors worry that demand may have peaked, however. Shares of Clorox are down 7% this year and are nearly 25% below the all-time high they reached last year during the worst of the pandemic.
“It’s been a year now, so the idea that folks may be feeling some fatigue is natural. We all feel that,” Matt said.
He conceded that people may be less worried about Covd-19 now than they were a few months ago, but that businesses know they cannot let their guard down — even as more Americans get vaccinated and some states eliminate mask mandates.
That’s why Clorox is stepping up its efforts to form new business partnerships in order to rely less on average consumers buying its wipes and bleach in grocery stores.
“It’s more about prevention behavior than panic behavior in a coming post-Covid world,” Matt said. ‘The reality is that if businesses want to make their locations safer, they have to think even more about creating a secure environment.”