ISSA’s 100 Years of Legacy

Help us celebrate the industry as we commemorate our 100th anniversary.

ISSA, your global cleaning industry association, is entering its 100th year in 2023. Throughout the upcoming year, we will be celebrating our anniversary by highlighting many of the people, products, and brands who helped us reach this important milestone, and those moving ISSA and the industry forward into the next hundred years.

We are looking to you to help tell these stories.

Do you know of or have industry icons within your organization, past or present? Does your organization have any innovative products that have helped to transform the industry? Do you feel your brand is one of the industry leaders over the past 100 years? If so, please complete the form with a nomination. If selected, ISSA will be in touch for more of the story.


  • Nominations are open to anyone and any product within the cleaning industry.
  • A person can nominate themselves.
  • Individuals can submit multiple nominations.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Top Influencer

Top influencers of the past 100 years (Individual)

Nominations are open to anyone, past or present, who has exhibited exceptional value to the cleaning industry and/or their organization. Please let us know of someone you believe meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Raised the profile of the cleaning industry: Has increased or raised awareness of the impact or influence of the cleaning industry.
  • New tools and approaches: Has pioneered or has helped to pioneer new technology and processes.
  • Developed Industry Leaders: Has inspired, educated, and mentored future generations of industry leaders.
  • Prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI): Spearheading meaningful change, with industry-wide initiatives that celebrate differences and create inclusive environments.
  • Promoted sustainability: Initiated actions and programs that positively impact our culture, our planet, and our people.

Top Innovative Product

Most innovative products of the past 100 years

Nominations are open to any product within the cleaning industry, past or present, which has made a significant impact to our profession. Please let us know of a product you believe meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Impactful: The product has manifested a great impact of effect to our industry.
  • Practical: The product has been adapted or designed for actual use.
  • Sustainable: The product pertains to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse.
  • Competitive Advantage: The condition in which the product can mature and adapt over time and places the company in favorable or superior business position.
  • Originality: The product is a fresh or novel product, such as an idea, method, or performance.

Leading Brand/Company

Leading brand or company of the past 100 years

Nominations are open to any brand or company within the cleaning industry, past or present, that has made a significant impact to our profession. We are looking for a nominee that is not only a commercial success within the market, but is also perceived successful by the consumers.

Please let us know of a brand or company you believe meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Industry Impact: A brand that has demonstrated industry-changing creativity and has provided exceptional customer service. A brand that created innovative campaigns with engaging content.
  • Sustainability: Dedicated to embedding sustainable business practices and supporting local communities.
  • Eye on the Future: Commitment to future-proof the business/brand when it comes to both people and planet.
  • Integrity: Consciousness of the issues our industry faces and how they have played a part in helping resolve them.
  • Resilience: A brand that has gone through adversity and has persevered and thrived.

Emerging Leader

Emerging leader looking into the future (Individual)

Nominations are open to a young professional who has made a significant impact in advancing the cleaning industry.  This young leader shows dedication and enthusiasm for their work, exemplifies excellence and should be considered ‘one to watch’ in any member category.

Submit Your Historical Photos

Upload historical photos from your company’s past to the form to be featured in ISSA’s print publication, ISSA Today, on our website, and/or on social media. By submitting, you are granting ISSA permission to print and use at our discretion. ISSA will be sure to credit all photos submitted.