Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is one of the leading consumer packaged goods companies in the U.S. We manufacture and market a broad range of leading household, personal care and specialty products to consumers and business customers in 115 countries. The company operates under three major divisions: Domestic Consumer Products, International Consumer Products and Specialty Products
The Consumer Domestic segment includes our eight power brands, ARM & HAMMER, Trojan, First Response, Nair, Spinbrush, Oxi Clean, Orajel and XTRA and other household and personal care products.
The Consumer International segment sells a variety of household and personal care products, some of which use the same brands as our domestic product lines, in international markets, including Canada, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and China.
The Specialty Products segment is the largest U.S. producer of sodium bicarbonate, which it sells together with other specialty inorganic chemicals for a variety of industrial, institutional, medical and food applications. This segment also sells a range of animal nutrition and specialty cleaning products.
Austin Church was born in 1799, at East Haddam, Connecticut. He studied medicine at Yale and received his doctorate in 1823. After marrying Nancy Dwight, Dr. Church moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and later lived in Rochester, New York.
Nancy Dwight’s brother, John, was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1819, a descendant of the John Dwight who was born in England in 1600 and settled in Deedham, Massachusetts.
In 1846, these two New Englanders first prepared a product that would become a household name: bicarbonate of soda — that is, baking soda.
Church and Dwight’s first factory was the kitchen of the latter’s home, with baking soda packed in paper bags by hand. (Today, pure bicarbonate of soda is processed and packed by specialized modern machinery, never touched by human hands.)
A year later, in 1847, John Dwight and Company was formed. Dwight’s saleratus, “aerated salt,” adopted the Cow Brand as its trademark (owing to the use of sour milk with saleratus in baking). The standard package of the product weighed one pound.
Due to its popularity among consumers, Dr. Church saw a growing need and demand for baking soda. He developed larger production facilities and formed a partnership, Church & Company, with his sons, James A. Church and E. Dwight Church. They trademarked their product under the brand ARM & HAMMER™.
In 1896, the descendants of Austin Church and John Dwight consolidated their interests under the name of Church & Dwight Co., Inc
Baking soda is now found in nearly every kitchen in the country, regarded as a necessity by millions of American consumers.
Of course, baking soda is no longer confined to the kitchen. It is used throughout the house, in every phase of housekeeping and personal hygiene. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, which was first prepared in a New England village, now is used the world over.
Strategy & Creativity
Analytical, strategic thinking.
We approach the business analytically and thoughtfully, identifying strategies that create an advantage and solve problems. Our people are on top of their respective areas of responsibility and the competitive landscape.
Creativity and innovation.
We consistently generate new ideas, thinking outside the box while remaining strategically focused. We always think in terms of possibilities, not limitations.
Focus & Mastery
We maintain focus on our consumers, customers, suppliers and competitors. We see the “big picture” to strengthen our competitiveness. We look for opportunities to collaborate with outsiders to help leverage our strengths, and “Act Local, Think Global.”
Our employees demonstrate the skills to perform at a consistently high level within their respective business functions.
Collaboration & Communication
We develop productive working relationships within and across our business units and functions. We build teamwork and trust, and strive for win-win solutions.
We write and speak persuasively and concisely in ways that build commitment.
Church & Dwight will include in its 2013 Sustainability Report a corporate goal for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions together with our initial plans on how we will measure and achieve that goal.
At Church & Dwight, we’re committed to conducting our operations in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner while striving to achieve our business goals. We believe that strong financial performance enables us to continue supporting important environmental and community projects. We continually assess the impacts of our operations on the environment and promote environmental awareness with our employees.