We dedicated a special section of our 2014 Sustainability Report to the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process. Download an excerpt here.
About Our Greenlist™ Process
Following a decade of voluntarily, and often unilaterally, removing from our products chemicals that didn’t meet our standards, the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process formally launched in 2001.
The goal was to go beyond taking out “bad” ingredients and instead focus on choosing “better” options and continuously improving formulas based on information about ingredients’ impact on the environment and human health.
The now-patented process includes ratings for all of the ingredients we use globally other than those in newly-acquired products that are still being evaluated. It has been scientifically reviewed by numerous organizations, and we continue to add to and improve the process.
Our goal with the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process is that beyond meeting legal and regulatory requirements for our products, we also increase year-on-year the percentage of our ingredients that has a lower impact on the environment and human health. We started at 18% “Better”/“Best” ingredients in 2001; today we are at 52%.
The Ingredient Selection Process
Through our SC Johnson Greenlist™ process, each potential ingredient receives a rating from 3 to 0. An ingredient with a 3 rating is considered “Best,” 2 is “Better,” 1 is “Good” and 0-rated materials cannot be intentionally added to new products or can only be used at restricted levels. Where 0-rated materials are used in existing products, we are working to eliminate them as reformulations occur.
When SC Johnson product formulators create a new product or reformulation, they work to select raw materials rated “Better” or “Best.” When existing products are reformulated, the formulator must include ingredients that have ratings equal to or higher than the original formula.
This diligence helps us go beyond regulatory requirements to continually make our products better. While some raw materials with a 0 score are not restricted by government regulatory requirements, over the years SC Johnson has decided to limit their use.
The SC Johnson Greenlist™ process was designed to give preference to better supply chain practices, too. It considers sustainable resources, such as the use of renewable materials, and also recognizes the value of suppliers that demonstrate a higher level of environmental responsibility, such as ISO 14001 certification.