Hospeco Advocates for Ending Period Poverty

May 25, 2023

Earlier this year, executives from Hospeco Brands Group (HBG) advocated for ending period poverty in front of U.S. Congressional representatives as part of the ISSA Clean Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

HBG’s team of four executives included Tom Friedl, president and CEO of HBG parent company The Tranzonic Cos. Friedl is also executive director of ISSA’s Board of Directors. HBG and the other members of the Clean Advocacy summit met with more than 80 Congressional offices to discuss such industry topics as tariff relief and labor demands.

The company’s team also joined ISSA and a group of 15 additional advocates committed to enabling equitable access to feminine hygiene products. These groups met separately with Congressional offices, nongovernmental organizations, trade associations, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the White House’s Gender Policy Council on ways to increase equitable access to period products among lower-income communities in the U.S.

“Much has been accomplished in the past eight years, but there is more to be done, which is why events like the Clean Advocacy Summit in the nation’s capital are so important,” said Bill Hemann, HBG executive vice president. “Speaking directly with lawmakers and decision-makers who have a national impact can accelerate our efforts to ensure menstrual products become just as normalized in public restrooms as toilet paper and soap. Menstrual care products are a necessity, not a luxury, and it’s time to take universal access seriously. Period.”

For more information about Hospeco’s long-running efforts to end period poverty, visit

About Hospeco
Founded in 1919, Hospeco Brands Group (HBG) is a Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer of jansan and personal care products and equipment. For more information, visit