2011-03-17 / Local & State

P&G Says Japan Employees Safe, Plants Operating

By Dan Sewell

CINCINNATI (AP) – Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. said Monday that all of its 4,000-plus employees in Japan are accounted for, its plants are operating, and it has begun earthquake relief efforts.

The company also said it's assessing business impacts.

P&G is donating $1.2 million in products and cash, including employee contributions, in initial help. Spokeswoman Robyn Schroeder said products from P&G's portfolio of diapers, hair and skin care, feminine hygiene and pet care are among initial donations, with P&G ready to donate other products such as Pur water purifiers as needed.

P&G said a fabric care plant in Takasaki that was closed Friday as a precaution is running again, along with its two other Japan plants. Its major offices in Kobe and Tokyo were undamaged, P&G said.

“From a safety standpoint, we’ve been very fortunate,”

Asia Group President Deb Henretta told The Associated Press.

She said impacts on P&G’s business are being assessed, and it likely will be weeks before they can be determined, largely because that depends on how P&G's local suppliers and customers have been affected.

“The critical thing for us in determining business impact is going to be how others who affect our business are impacted,” she said.

The maker of Pantene shampoo, Pampers diapers and Gillette shavers doesn't usually release sales figures by country, but said recently that Japan sales have more than doubled in the past decade. Asia, including China and India, overall accounts for 15 percent of P&G's global revenue of roughly $80 billion a year.

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