Legacy of Leadership

1886 - 1999
2000 - Present


SC Johnson starts offering paid vacations, establishing itself from its very beginnings as a great place to work.


Samuel C. Johnson lays the cornerstone for the Racine YMCA, setting a standard for community leadership by the company.


SC Johnson becomes one of the first companies in the United States to offer profit sharing for all employees.


Herbert F. Johnson Sr. founds a community fund to unite volunteer agencies - the precursor to the United Way of Racine.


In a speech, Herbert F. Johnson Sr. summarizes our principles:  "The goodwill of people is the only enduring thing in any business."


Despite the Great Depression, SC Johnson establishes a pension plan for employees - it's among early companies to do so.


H.F. Johnson Jr. leads the Carnauba Expedition 15,000 miles to Brazil. This expedition is retraced in 1998 by Sam, Fisk and Curt Johnson.


Around 200 employees serve in World War II and the company produces millions of units of product for the war effort. Jobs were held for anyone who wanted to come back.


SC Johnson introduces water-based aerosols with a reduced environmental impact and improved safety and performance.


The SC Johnson Fund, Inc. is established to provide grants that support people, communities and the environment.


In Fortaleza, Brazil, H.F. Johnson Jr. founds Escola Johnson for primary education; he later donates it to the Brazilian government.


SC Johnson opens what will become the world's largest private, urban entomology research center to combat bugs and the diseases they can carry.


SC Johnson voluntarily and unilaterally eliminates chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from our aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate.


SC Johnson formally states our values in "This We Believe," which gives all employees a common understanding of our principles.


After more than 40 years of doing so, SC Johnson formalizes its commitment to donate 5% of pre-tax profits to charitable causes.


SC Johnson opens one of the first corporate childcare centers in the U.S.; and it expands continually to ensure there's never a waiting list for employees' children.


"People Who Care" launches and becomes a model organization for encouraging and arranging employee volunteerism.


SC Johnson leads a national grassroots coalition to promote steel can recycling, resulting in over 5,600 communities recycling empty aerosol cans.


Chairman Sam Johnson becomes a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


SC Johnson publishes our first sustainability report, becoming one of the first consumer packaged goods companies to do so.


SC Johnson receives the prestigious Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement from the World.


SC Johnson helps The Nature Conservancy protect two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion and create a local conservation organization. 


SC Johnson helps launch the Sustainable Racine Initiative to improve education, revitalize downtown and enhance offerings in our headquarters community.


129 years. Five generations. One family.

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