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Inspired By Family: New SC Johnson Sustainability Report Shares Results, Standards

SC Johnson manufacturing sites have cut greenhouse gas emissions 50% and waste 72% since 2000

RACINE, Wis., (Jan. 13, 2016) --SC Johnson today released its 2015 sustainability report, marking the company’s 24th year of reporting on its environmental and social efforts. Beyond sharing results from SC Johnson’s latest five-year sustainability strategy, the report shows how being a family company inspires the company’s decisions and actions.

“We don’t answer to the short-term whims of the stock market,” explained Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson. “As a family company, we work hard to do what’s right for the long term. So we can take the time and invest what’s needed to make the best choices we can for the families who use our products – because they have to live up to our family standards. Our SC Johnson Greenlist™ process and launch of product-specific fragrance disclosure demonstrate this commitment brought to life.”

Research shows that trust in business has deteriorated, with less than half of people in many countries reporting that they trust companies to do what’s right.* In this landscape, SC Johnson aims to show how it stands apart. The company’s latest advertising campaign shares how as a private, family-led organization, SC Johnson works to hold itself to a higher standard.

This unique perspective is further spotlighted in the 2015 sustainability report, which shares how the company’s standards, actions, connections and legacies all demonstrate its unique family company perspective.

Smaller Footprint, Greater Impact

Among the progress SC Johnson shares in its newest report:

  • 2015 launch of product-specific ingredient disclosure in North America, making SC Johnson the first major consumer packaged goods company to offer it
  • 34 percentage point increase in use of Better/Best ingredients since 2001, as measured by the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process
  • 32 percent of energy use globally now from renewable sources
  • 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction from SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, indexed to production
  • 72 percent waste reduction at SC Johnson manufacturing sites since 2000, as a ratio to production
  • One-third of SC Johnson manufacturing sites now hold “zero landfill” status**
  • $235 million in philanthropic contributions over the past 10 years alone

The report also continues SC Johnson’s commitment to transparency about how it makes decisions and the results of these choices. An eight-page section discusses the company’s standards, the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process, and SC Johnson’s supply chain and sourcing commitments.

SC Johnson’s 2015 sustainability report is online now at Printed copies will be available, though the company is limiting its print run to minimize paper waste. For a print copy, please call 262.260.2440. Additionally, the report will be available soon online in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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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.


** 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.