Founded by Melville Bissell in 1876, today they are North America's biggest floorcare brand.
In 2018 the USA Environmental Protection Agency ordered this company to pay US$121,798 to close a Consent Agreement and Final Order concerning alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
Source: US EPA (2018)
EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning provides safety ratings for household cleaning products, with over 2,500 products rated from A (lowest concern) to F (highest concern). This company's score range is C to F.
Source: Environmental Working Group (2020)
In 2009 a disgruntled worker said she and her co-workers were fired en masse after they filed legal complaints over many violations of state and federal law at Bissell's warehouse. The workers had notified managers one month prior that they had decided to form a union. The workers had no paid sick days and many of their wages were arbitrarily slashed. Workers also cite racial discrimination, unpaid wages and threats of retaliation for bringing these issues to management's attention.
Source: People's World (2009)
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
Source: company website (2020)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Revenue||800 million USD (2017)|
|Subsidiaries||Bissell Australia Pty Ltd
|Address||Walker, Michigan, USA|
Products / BrandsBissell Australia
Bissell Floor Cleaners
Bissell Vacuum Cleaners
Bissell Carpet Cleaners