Procter and Gamble Twin Towers Cincinnati (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Former P&G logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cincinnati’s Procter & Gamble is one of Ohio’s largest companies in terms of revenue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
But how much do we know about this multi billion dollar corporate entity well very little!
It began with two men called William Proctor and James Gamble and grew into the P&G brand and of course proud sponsors of mum’s! But what is really behind this statement and what are there real intentions, as sponsors of mums!
Firstly any sponsorship deal is based on return by the sheer fact that gain is the driving force! William Proctor a candle-maker and James Gamble a soap maker produced their first product after emigrating to Cincinnati and marrying and a suggestion was made by Andrew Norris their father in law on October 31st 1837 and Proctor and Gamble was born. An advantageous partnership you may say born on of all days ” Halloween” or ” All Saints Day ” and their first contract was selling candles and soap to the army
n 1858–1859, sales reached $1 million. By this point, approximately 80 employees worked for Procter & Gamble. During the American Civil War, the company won contracts to supply the Union Army with soap and candles. In addition to the increased profits experienced during the war, the military contracts introduced soldiers from all over the country to Procter & Gamble’s products.
The company soon to become a group by simple acquisition after acquisition grew and grew and grew without regard for the consequences and eventually by the year 2000 acquired http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeingGirl to advise and provide help and guidance on all forms of self-care and eating disorders and the like. The continued to acquire media outlets under the name PGP and phased out the soap industry, that began it all!
In April 2011, P&G was fined 211.2m euros by the European Commission for establishing a price-fixing cartel in Europe along withUnilever, who was fined 104m euros, and Henkel (not fined). Though the fine was set higher at first, it was discounted by 10% after P&G and Unilever admitted running the cartel. As the provider of the tip-off leading to investigations, Henkel was not fined.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a disease caused by strains of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Most people have these bacteria living in their bodies as harmless commensals in places such as the nose, skin, and vagina. The disease can strike anyone, not only women, but the disease is often associated with tampons. In 1980, 814 menstrual-related TSS cases were reported; 38 deaths resulted from the disease. The majority of women in these cases were documented as using super-absorbent synthetic tampons, particularly theRely tampon created by Procter & Gamble. The Rely tampon was so super-absorbent that one by itself could in fact hold one woman’s entire menstrual period flow. Unlike other tampons made of cotton and rayon, Rely used carboxymethylcellulose and compressed beads of polyester for absorption. The materials used in Rely were causing an increase in the thickness of fluid inside the vagina, resulting in more toxins being released.
The slogan used by Procter & Gamble for the product was “Rely. It even absorbs the worry.”
In the summer of 1980 the Centers for Disease Control released a report explaining how these bacterial mechanisms were leading to TSS. They also stated that the Rely tampon was associated with TSS more than any other brand of tampon. In September 1980, Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled its Rely brand of tampons from the market and agreed to provide for a program to notify consumers. Since the 1980s, reported cases of TSS have dramatically decreased.
On June 30, 1999, Procter & Gamble announced that it would limit its animal testing practices to its food and drug products which represents roughly 80% of its product portfolio. The company invested more than $275 million in the development of alternative testing methods.
Procter & Gamble has received criticism from animal advocacy group PETA for the practice of testing on animals.
In December 2005, the Pharmaceutical division of P&G was involved in a dispute over research involving its osteoporosis drug Actonel. The case was discussed in the media.
In October 2007, a class action lawsuit was filed in the State of Georgia alleging that many users of Crest Pro-Health mouthwash, with the active ingredient Cetylpyridinium chloride, suffered stained teeth and loss of their sense of taste as a result. Procter & Gamble contends that these side effects occur in only three percent of users. The suit seeks to include disclosure warning users of these side effects on product packaging.
The company received unwanted media publicity in the 1980s when rumors spread that the moon-and-stars logo was a satanic symbol. The accusation was based on a particular passage in the Bible, specifically Revelation 12:1, which states: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars.” P&G’s logo consisted of a man’s face on the moon surrounded by 13 stars, and some claimed that the logo was a mockery of the heavenly symbol alluded to in the aforementioned verse, thus construing the logo to be satanic. Where the flowing beard meets the surrounding circle, three curls were said to be a mirror image of the number 666, or the reflected number of the beast. At the top and bottom, the hair curls in on itself, and was said to be the two horns like those of a ram.
These interpretations have been denied by company officials, and no evidence linking the company to the Church of Satan or any other occult organization has ever been presented. The company unsuccessfully sued Amway from 1995 to 2003 over rumors forwarded through a company voicemail system in 1995. In 2011 the company successfully sued individual Amway distributors for reviving and propagating the false rumors.
The moon-and-stars logo was discontinued in 1985 as a result of the controversy.
So who is one of the sponsors who is the proud sponsors of mums well of course it is P&G the question you should ask yourself do you really want to have a company like this saying they are proud sponsors of our mums and most of all our children.