Social Responsibility

A Commitment to Community

As a family company, at SC Johnson we have always believed that along with providing great products that make life better for families, we should have a positive impact in our communities as well. Wherever we operate, we should help make that place better, because we are there.

This notion is summarized in This We Believe, our statement of principles, and it is how we live up to the expectations voiced in 1927 by second generation company leader Herbert Fisk Johnson Sr. He said, “The goodwill of people is the only enduring thing in any business. It is the sole substance. The rest is shadow.”

This philosophy has guided the company for five generations. We demonstrate it to this day by working to support our hometown community of Racine, Wisconsin - home of our global headquarters for more than 125 years - as well as the communities where we operate around the globe and the world at large.  

In the last 10 years alone, SC Johnson has made thousands of charitable contributions in the United States. Contributions worldwide have exceeded $200 million.* The company also donates thousands of branded products each year.

Importantly, SC Johnson people give generously of their time, as well.

Local and Global Grants

Over the years, SC Johnson has granted millions of dollars to local and global organizations. This includes hundreds of smaller grants every year as well as occasional large grants to support major or multi-year programs. In the last five years, we made more than 1,250 small grants to support worthy initiatives.

For example, we contributed to:

  • Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin, to sponsor its Walk & Run for Wishes event
  • Racine Kiwanis, to support renovation of a holiday lights display at the Racine Zoo
  • Kenosha Public Museum, to sponsor its Sustainable Shelter exhibit.  

On a larger scale, we have contributed $1 million to Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin, to underwrite skill development training for under-employed people in the Southeastern Wisconsin area, where our global headquarters is located.

We also typically provide more than $1 million annually in product donations through Feeding America to support non-profit organizations and disadvantaged families across the United States.

In 2016, we also pledged to donate at least $15 million in pest control products and financial support to help at-risk families combat mosquitoes that may carry Zika virus. We exceeded this pledge.

Here's a look at our 2016/17 global contributions by category:

 SC Johnson Global Philanthropic Contributions Chart


Engaging Employees to Make a Difference

SC Johnson has ongoing programs to involve employees in philanthropic efforts and in their communities. For example, the Educational Matching Gift program - launched in 1960 - matches employees’ and retirees’ financial gifts to accredited educational institutions, up to $6,000 per year for each employee or retiree.

In addition, in 2001 SC Johnson launched a Dollars for Doers program to recognize volunteer time. When an employee or retiree volunteers 40 hours of service to a non-profit in a fiscal year, SC Johnson donates $250 to that organization. Since its launch, the Dollars for Doers program has awarded more than $350,000 to hundreds of organizations.

Helping the Next Generation

Along with a Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program for dependents of employees and retirees, the company established a Young Leaders Scholarship program to assist economically disadvantaged high school seniors of non-employee families in Racine, Wisconsin.

Students who plan to continue their education in college or vocational schools can apply for renewable scholarships. More than $4.3 million in Young Leaders scholarships have been granted to 255 Racine students since 2002.

* SC Johnson grants and donations are awarded through corporate contributions and SC Johnson Giving, Inc., the charitable foundation of SC Johnson, formerly known as The SC Johnson Fund, Inc.

Philanthropy in action: The Racine Reads: Dream Big! program we sponsored inspired Racine kids to read 1.8 million books!

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