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SC Johnson Global Impact: The Base of the Pyramid Team


At Work for a Healthier World

While SC Johnson has been helping protect families from insects and the diseases they may carry since 1956, in 2013 we created a team that specifically focuses on improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable: the poorest 4 billion people who make up what is known as the economic “Base of the Pyramid”.

And we’ve made significant strides toward that vision, and significant impact in the lives of the people we serve.

Even after 137 years, doing what’s right never gets old. Helping eradicate malaria is one way SC Johnson remains a family company at work for a better world.

There were 247 million cases of malaria, and 619,000 deaths, in 2021.
The SC Johnson Base of the Pyramid team has reached more than 105 million people through various public health initiatives, educational programs and pest repellent innovations.
The SC Johnson Base of the Pyramid team has worked in 26 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
SC Johnson is bringing health care access to hard-to-reach communities. To date, we have built 70 health clinics, and have committed to building an additional 20. In total, these facilities serve more than 1 million people annually.
SC Johnson is developing innovative spatial repellents, designed for use in public health channels, and is manufacturing these tools locally in East Africa to quickly provide protection to those who need it most.

What is the Base of the Pyramid?

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The “Base of the Pyramid” (BOP) refers to the more than 4 billion people globally that earn less than a few dollars (USD) per day. BOP communities are some of the areas where mosquito-borne diseases hit the hardest.

SC Johnson is a fifth-generation, privately held family company with operations in more than 70 countries and sales in virtually every country. As the leading manufacturer of household pest control products with the largest private entomology research center and 65+ years of insect science expertise, SC Johnson is uniquely positioned to fight mosquito-borne disease.

To do so, SC Johnson leverages the best of commercial, philanthropic, and entomological strategies to maximize our impact.

In the words of our Chairman and CEO, H. Fisk Johnson, “We are dedicated to improving lives for families around the world in communities of all sizes and socio-economic levels.”

Learn more about the Base of the Pyramid through our 2022/2023 Impact Report.

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We are dedicated to improving lives for families around the world in communities of all sizes and socio-economic levels.
Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson

Who we Serve

Because BOP communities are located in some of the areas mosquito-borne diseases hit the hardest, our teams spend time with families there. We learn how they live their lives, what they value and what they aspire to. We learn their daily routines, how their family and community operate, and what challenges they face. 

Ultimately these are the connections that help us create actionable solutions that best fit into families’ lives.

Human stories


Meet Amina – Kawar Maila Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Borno State
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SC Johnson has designed two new spatial repellents, built for public health channels, which address several of the challenges of mosquito protection: coverage, cost, ease-of-use, and access.

Mosquito Shield™ Spatial Repellent

The Mosquito Shield™ spatial repellent, developed by a dedicated team in 2017, is an easy-to-use product that can help protect a semi-enclosed or enclosed space from mosquitoes without requiring electricity or a flame to work. This repellent is ideal for semi-permanent homes, clinics requiring frequent cleaning, temporary IDP camps and rapid response settings. A single case holds 2000 units which can help protect 250 homes. It has been through trials in Indonesia and Peru, with promising results, and is now in large-scale clinical trials funded by Unitaid in Kenya, Mali and Sri Lanka.

SC Johnson Guardian™
SC Johnson Guardian™ is a spatial repellent that lasts for up to 12 months once opened. Guardian is made from 3D mesh fabric sealed in a PET cage that is hermetically sealed in a pouch and stable over time at elevated temperatures and humidity. It is ideal for permanent fixed structures and IDP camps, places where indoor residual spray (IRS) is currently used and hard-to-reach remote areas. A single case holds 160 units which can help protect 40 homes.

Local Solutions, Global Impact

Speeding Access to Protection

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Providing Sustainable Solutions

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