About a decade ago, when the Clarke organization committed to approaching our work through the lens of sustainability, none of us really knew what the future held. All we knew was we believed we could make smarter, better products and provide excellent services that protected public health without negatively impacting the environment.
Over the past 10 years, we’ve learned so much about how to manage our environmental impacts, and have transformed the way Clarke works. For example, our product development roadmap is now guided by what we refer to as EcoTier design goals, and we have been able to create mosquito control products like Merus® and Natular® that are formulated with naturally-derived active ingredients, no petroleum distillates, and inert ingredients that allow these products to be used safely in and around food crops. These are just two examples of what we call NextGen products.
About three years ago, we took another leap on our sustainability journey with the development of our One for Tomorrow™ program, which grants one percent of Clarke’s revenues from NextGen products and services to non-profit environmental organizations who share Clarke’s values and passion for the planet and community.
What I love the most about this program is that it’s coworker-driven. Clarke’s sales people nominate organizations in their territories for the program, and every Clarke coworker has the opportunity to vote for one recipient per region. It keeps people at the center of the program, and is another way for us to give back to communities – something that has always been part of the Clarke company’s DNA.
It’s amazing to look at a list of the causes we’ve supported and the partnerships we’ve built since launching this grant program. From protecting loggerhead sea turtles and oyster habitats, to wildlife rehabilitation programs and land restoration projects, it’s both humbling and inspiring to see how far we’ve been able to reach in just three short years.
Clarke coworkers are voting on the 2018 One for Tomorrow grant recipients right now, and we can’t wait to share them with you once the results are in. But for now, join me in reflecting back on the list of worthy organizations who received our One For Tomorrow grants last year:
- Nature Conservancy, Virginia Reserve, VA
- Friends of the Forest Preserve, District of DuPage County, IL
- Sea Turtle, Inc., South Padre Island, TX
- Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach, FL
- Muktangan Paragon School, Mumbai, India
- Reef Check, West End, Australia
- San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA