Drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC has found a use for the tiny bottles of shampoo, lotion, liquid bath gel and other miniature-sized toiletries that employees amass during their business trips.
The company's U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, Del., started a program last fall to collect the products and give them to several nonprofit facilities that serve the homeless and disabled and pregnant teens.
"They drop the toiletries off in the public affairs office and when we feel we have a good selection, we do an assembly line and start bagging them," said Irene Prince, senior manager for corporate and community fairs.
Although Prince was unsure of numbers, she said the company has collected "tons" of toiletries -- enough to fill each bag with seven items. More than 100 satchels have been donated so far, she estimated.
GAME FACES: Many women executives say the sports they played while growing up helped prepare them for corporate life, according to a survey sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group and OppenheimerFunds.
Of the 401 businesswomen polled, 82 percent said they played organized sports after grammar school, whether on school teams, intramurals or recreational leagues.
Basketball was the most popular sport, cited by 23 percent, followed by volleyball, softball, tennis, track and field and soccer.
Eighty-one percent agreed that sports helped them function better on a team, 69 percent said sports helped them develop leadership skills that helped their professional success and 68 percent said it helped them cope with failure.
"There are lessons to be learned on a softball diamond or basketball court that are unavailable in a business school lecture hall," said Janet Wyse, a manager at OppenheimerFunds. "It's no coincidence that top businesswomen tend to have played sports."
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