SC Johnson’s environmental leadership spans decades and includes leadership in environmental conservation, ingredient responsibility, renewable energy use and transparency. Here are some key milestones in our history of doing what is right.
1990s: We lead a national grassroots coalition in the U.S. to promote aerosol can recycling. As a result, 5,600 communities have access to curbside or drop-off aerosol can recycling today.
1991: The publication of our first sustainability report makes SC Johnson one of the first consumer packaged goods companies to report openly and extensively about its programmes and policies. See our latest report.
1998: We help create The Caatinga Association to study and protect the Caatinga region of Brazil, which is home to remarkable biodiversity.
2001 SC Johnson formalises our first-of-its-kind Greenlist™ programmeas a way to continually improve products by choosing ingredients that better protect human health and the environment.
2002: We become the first consumer packaged goods manufacturer to join the U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders programme, a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2006, we are among the first participants to reach its GHG reduction targets.
2003: SC Johnson breaks ground on our first cogeneration turbine to produce electricity for the company’s largest global manufacturing facility using methane gas from a nearby public landfill.
2003: The U.S. EPA awards SC Johnson the first-ever Lifetime Atmospheric Achievement Award.
2004: SC Johnson eliminates PVC and PVDC from products and packaging due to concerns about the release of toxic chemicals into the environment when materials containing chlorine end up in municipal incinerators.
2004: We install oursecond cogeneration turbineat Waxdale, using clean-burning natural gas to generate electricity. With our first cogeneration turbine, this allows us to generate 85% of Waxdale’s energy needs.
2006: In recognition of our Greenlist™ programme and commitment to responsible ingredient choices, SC Johnson receives both the Ron Brown Award and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
2009: SC Johnson takes the lead on ingredient transparency within our industry, launching a website to list U.S. product ingredients including specific dyes. Today the site serves more than 5 billion consumers and over 50 countries. See our ingredient transparency fact sheet.
2013: We launchZiploc® brand compostable bags (Online Only) to encourage use of commercial composting to reduce landfill waste. The bags are designed for commercial composting, which is more efficient than backyard composting.