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Environmental Milestones

SC Johnson’s environmental leadership spans more than 127 years. This history of doing what’s right includes these breakthroughs:  

1955 SC Johnson introduces water-based aerosols, which reduce environmental impact while improving safety and performance.

1975 SC Johnson voluntarily and unilaterally eliminates Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from its aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate.

1991 President George H. Bush awards SC Johnson a Presidential Citation for Environmental Quality Management, acknowledging the company’s achievements in integrating responsible environmental practices and processes throughout its worldwide organization.

1991 SC Johnson issues its first sustainability report and becomes one of the first consumer packaged good companies to report openly and extensively about its programs and policies.

1991 Then-chairman Samuel C. Johnson becomes a founding member of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); current Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson, was a WBCSD Council Member from 2004 to 2008.

1994 SC Johnson receives the World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

1998 SC Johnson receives the Business Ethics Award for best practices in social responsibility. The Award recognizes the company for its sustainable community policies and practices in its nearly 60 host countries around the world.

2000 The Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise is endowed at Cornell University.

2001 SC Johnson develops the first-of-its-kind Greenlist™ environmental classification system as a method to evaluate raw materials based on their environmental impact

2002 At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Chairman Fisk Johnson is a signator of Global Corporate Citizenship: The Leadership Challenge for CEOs and Boards, which recommends a “Framework for Action” leaders can use to implement principles and practices for managing a company’s impact on society and its relationship with stakeholders.

2002 SC Johnson is the first consumer packaged good manufacturer to join U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program, a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2003 SC Johnson breaks ground on the first turbine for its landfill gas Green Energies project that uses cogeneration to create steam and electricity for the company’s largest global manufacturing facility while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half.

2003 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards SC Johnson the first-ever Lifetime Atmospheric Achievement Award.

2004 SC Johnson announces installation of a second clean-burning methane and natural gas turbine at its largest global manufacturing facility. This will boost greenhouse gas emission reductions to 52,000 tons annually.

2005 SC Johnson becomes the first consumer products company to be granted the right to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment seal on two of its products.

2006 SC Johnson receives the Ron Brown Award for its commitment to responsible raw material choices through its Greenlist™ Program.

2006 SC Johnson is among the first to reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program.

2006 In recognition of its Greenlist™ process, SC Johnson receives the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

2008 SC Johnson is recognized with the U.S. EPA Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Award for eliminating all nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactant from its products.

2011 SC Johnson receives a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

2011 Completing its five-year environmental objectives, by 2011 SC Johnson cuts greenhouse gas emissions for worldwide factories by 42 percent versus a 2000 baseline, and achieved 40.2 percent of total 2011 electricity use worldwide from renewable sources.

2011 SC Johnson launches Windex® Mini concentrated cleaner, to help drive dialogue about concentrated refills and the potential to reduce waste going to landfills.

2012 Concentrated cleaner line expands with more brands and new easy-to-pour and easy-to-recycle packaging.

2012 Company receives Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other partners.

2012 SC Johnson announces the SC Johnson Sustainable Behavior Change Program, a groundbreaking research project studying how to inspire behavior change around sustainable choices.

2012 United Nations and Foundation for Social Change honor SC Johnson as global Leader of Change.

2012 Company powers up two wind turbines at its largest global manufacturing facility, enabling the facility to produce an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.

2013 SC Johnson Mexico joins Comision Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE/Federal Electricity Commission) wind farm program to increase use of renewable energy at Toluca, Mexico facility to an estimated 86 percent.

2013 SC Johnson receives an EPA Climate Leadership Award for Aggressive Goal Setting.

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