Sustainability Report

SC Johnson Sustainability Report

Click here for translations of the 2016 Sustainability Report.

SC Johnson’s 2016 sustainability report marks the company’s 25th annual report on its environmental and social efforts. Beyond sharing the most recent results from SC Johnson’s sustainability strategy, the report shows how being a family company inspires the company’s decisions and actions in three main areas — Championing Transparency, Protecting the Environment and Improving Lives.

A New Dialogue on Transparency
We believe families want products that work, made from ingredients they can trust. Consumers should be able to make educated choices about what they bring into their homes. We:

  • Continued our efforts with the ongoing dialogue about chemicals, disclosure and so-called natural products. Many companies claim their products are better because they are “natural” or contain “natural fragrances.” In reality, all fragrances, including essential oils, are complex mixtures of chemicals.
  • Launched the industry’s first 100% of fragrance ingredients disclosed product with our Glade® Fresh Citrus Blossoms air care collection.
  • Became the first major consumer packaged goods company to list specific fragrance ingredients for products sold across Europe.

Protecting the Environment
We made great environmental strides in 2016 and exceeded aggressive goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and global manufacturing waste, including:

  • 32.7% of energy use globally now from renewable sources.
  • 51.7% greenhouse gas emissions reduction from SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, indexed to production.
  • 76% waste reduction at SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, as a ratio to production.
  • One-third of SC Johnson global office and manufacturing sites now hold “zero waste-to-landfill” status.**

Improving Lives
One of SC Johnson’s greatest examples of “Going Beyond” this year is our commitment to provide products that protect against mosquitoes that may carry disease. As the world’s largest producer of pest control products, we used our 60 years of insect research experience to create educational materials for families to make informed decisions about mosquito bite prevention. We also ramped up manufacturing of personal repellents globally to meet the demand brought on by the outbreak of the Zika virus and:

  • Launched a global website in 13 languages to educate about mosquito bite prevention.
  • Committed $15 million in product and resource donations to those in need.
  • Delivered over $200 million in philanthropic contributions over the past 10 years alone. 

Click to download Additional Information
  • Click here to read the opening message from our Chairman & CEO.
  • Click here for a summary of our reporting practices.
  • Click here to see the 2016 report translated into other languages.
  • Click here to visit the Sustainability section of our website.


** To achieve zero landfill status, SC Johnson manufacturing sites are required to reuse, recycle or eliminate material that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill. For waste that cannot be reused, recycled or eliminated, incineration and heat recovery may be an option.

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