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Going Beyond: SC Johnson Releases Its 2016 Sustainability Report

Company Aspires to be the Champion of Ingredient Transparency

SC Johnson releases “Going Beyond,” its 25th annual report on its environmental and social efforts.
The report shows how being a family company inspires SC Johnson's decisions and actions.

RACINE, Wis., (Dec. 13, 2016) SC Johnson, maker of trusted consumer brands like Glade®, Raid®, OFF!®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, today released “Going Beyond,” its 2016 Sustainability Report. This issue marks the company’s 25th annual report on its environmental and social efforts. Beyond sharing the most recent results from SC Johnson’s sustainability strategy, the report shows how being a family company inspires the company’s decisions and actions in three main areas - Championing Transparency, Protecting the Environment and Improving Lives. 

“The notion of going beyond is a fundamental part of SC Johnson. We’re always trying to do what’s right, not just what’s required,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO. “From creating great products that make life easier, to continually expanding our ingredient transparency, to helping families in need, to us going beyond is how we live up to our responsibility to future generations.”

A New Dialogue on Transparency

SC Johnson believes families want products that work, made from ingredients they can trust. Consumers should be able to make educated choices about what they bring into their homes. The company:

  • Continued its efforts with the ongoing dialogue about chemicals, disclosure and so-called natural products. Many companies claim their products are better because they are “natural” or contain “natural fragrances.” In reality, all fragrances, including essential oils, are complex mixtures of chemicals.
  • Launched the industry’s first 100 percent of fragrance ingredients disclosed product with its Glade® Fresh Citrus Blossoms air care collection.
  • Became the first major consumer packaged goods company to list specific fragrance ingredients for products sold across Europe.

Protecting the Environment

The company made great environmental strides in 2016 and exceeded aggressive goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and global manufacturing waste, including:

  • 32.7 percent of energy use globally now from renewable sources
  • 51.7 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction from SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, indexed to production
  • 76 percent waste reduction at SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, as a ratio to production
  • One-third of SC Johnson global office and manufacturing sites now hold “zero waste-to-landfill” status**

Improving Lives

One of SC Johnson’s greatest examples of “Going Beyond” this year is its commitment to provide products that protect against mosquitoes that may carry disease. As the world’s largest producer of pest control products, the company used its 60 years of insect research experience to create educational materials for families to make informed decisions about mosquito bite prevention. The company also ramped up manufacturing of personal repellents globally to meet the demand brought on by the outbreak of the Zika virus and:

  • Launched a global website in 13 languages to educate about mosquito bite prevention.
  • Committed $15 million in product and resource donations to those in need.
  • Delivered over $200 million in philanthropic contributions over the past 10 years alone.

SC Johnson’s 2016 Sustainability Report is online now at www.scjohnson.com/report. The report is available online in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Printed copies are available, though the company is limiting its print run to minimize paper waste. For a print copy, please call 262.260.2440.

For more information about SC Johnson and its sustainability efforts, visit the company on Facebook, Twitter or at www.scjohnson.com.  

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** To achieve zero landfill status, SC Johnson manufacturing sites are required to reuse, recycle or eliminate material that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill. For waste that cannot be reused, recycled or eliminated, incineration and heat recovery may be an option.

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com