During the pandemic, starting any new job is a challenge. However, Susan Gambardella, president of Kimberly-Clark Professional North America, caring for her team members and that of the essential heroes in the commercial cleaning industry who use trusted K-C Professional brands to keep others safe was her top priority.
“We knew there would be an increase in cleaning protocols to battle infectious diseases and viruses like COVID-19 at places like hospitals and grocery stores,” she said. “The workers at these places are on the frontline, putting their health and safety at risk every day, and we wanted to find a way to help.”
To support these people, Kimberly-Clark donated $ 500,000 to fund a scholarship program and help small cleaning companies around the world to earn certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). This certification focuses on prevention, response and control measures for biological risks in the workplace and emphasizes training in cleaning and disinfection services.
According to 3BL MEDIA, the pandemic has disproportionately affected women, who make up the majority of the cleaning industry, and one of the program’s priorities is to provide half of the grants to women.
“Kimberly-Clark is focused on building an inclusive environment, supporting and empowering organizations that invest in small and women-owned businesses, and unlocking doors for women so they can thrive. I am so proud of our ability to support these essential heroes during such a challenging time,” Susan credits Kimberly-Clark for supporting this goal.
The initiative has provided more than 6,000 scholarships in 84 countries so far.
“By leading this initiative, Susan demonstrates caring both inside and outside of Kimberly-Clark,” says the company. “We want to thank these cleaning industry heroes who continue to keep thousands of people around the world as safe as possible, every day,” she concluded.