If you have read anything about , you know that family means everything to us at SC Johnson. As a 130+ year family company, the legacies of previous generations help guide us and inspire us.
And one legacy that is certainly true is the story of third-generation leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. and the students of Fortaleza, Brazil.
Fast forward to 2018, and we are still just as interested in supporting education as H.F. was back in the 1960s. In fact, it is one of the . SC Johnson gives 5% of all pretax profits to charities each year, a practice we have had in place since 1937.
These days, an important educational focus is science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM. We have been investing in science education for decades and in locations around the globe.
As just a few examples, we have partnered with Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin, for more than 20 years. Beyond support for programming, , a hands-on skill training centre including the college’s first fabrication lab.
And, in South Africa, we worked with the South African Medical and Education Foundation to open our first for STEM education. In 2017, the second SC Johnson Science Laboratory Project kicked off at Cosmo City West Primary School, again focusing on providing a state-of-the-art science lab to the school.
In 2018, we took the next step, combining our commitment to education, our long-standing legacy in Brazil, and our ongoing investment in renewable energy. With local partners, we celebrated the construction of a new Escola Johnson in Fortaleza.
The new school is a state-of-the-art public school for ninth through 12th graders. It is run by the State of Ceará with support from SC Johnson and the Federation of Industry of Ceará (FIEC). The two-story building includes a science lab, sports centre, library and cafeteria.
Importantly, it has also powered sustainably. A grant from SC Johnson funded the installation of solar panels on the school that provide 100% of its electrical needs. This makes it a first-of-its-kind sustainable school in the area.
True to its heritage, the school also shines a spotlight on that brought H.F. Johnson, Jr. to Fortaleza all those years ago. The company supported construction of an on-site greenhouse and educational programme that unites the environmental sciences and business education.
Students will cultivate and grow carnaúba palm tree seedlings and sell them back to the community, in partnership with Junior Achievement. This programme makes up an important part of Escola Johnson’s science education and reinforces the concepts of sustainability and entrepreneurship.
SC Johnson also made a $200,000 commitment to STEM Brasil in 2018 to bolster education for students. The funds will support STEM education and teacher training at Escola Johnson and other area schools. According to a 2014 state examination, 84% of schools participating in STEM Brasil showed an increase of 20% in students’ math scores.