Investing in people, planet, progress – SC Johnson releases 2010 public report
With consumer interest in socially responsible companies constantly growing,* SC Johnson today releases its 2010 public report which describes the 124-year old company's investments in people, the planet and its own sustainable progress. Titled 'Investing in People, Investing for the Planet,' the annual public report further details the company's 12-decade legacy and commitment to family values, progress against its environmental objectives and social responsibility efforts around the world. This report marks the privately-held company's 19th year of publicly sharing information about the company’s goals, efforts and progress.
'Today's consumers want more information about companies and the products they make,' said Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson, the fifth-generation leader of SC Johnson. 'We're committed to doing what's right and sharing these details with our consumers is just one way we're working to build consumer trust.'
The 2010 public report is a flip-book, divided in half to show the two sides of the company's sustainability strategy. One side focuses on how SC Johnson is investing in people all over the world, while the other focuses on its efforts to protect the environment and improve its products.
Passing Environmental Goals, Driving Forward
The company has been focused on reducing its environmental footprint for decades. The company has set specific goals every five years for the last two decades and is currently working against firm objectives to be achieved by 2011. SC Johnson set goals to reduce waste and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and utilize alternative renewable energy sources. The 2010 public report details that 75 percent of these environmental objectives have been met**:
- Water and emissions have been reduced by 54 percent
- GHG emissions in the U.S. have been reduced by 29.1 percent***
- GHG emissions worldwide have been reduced 31.6 percent
SC Johnson's patented Greenlist process annually increases the proportion of our ingredients with the least impact on the environment and human health. Since 2001, the percent of 'best' ingredients in the company's products has increased 14 percent.
In addition, the company hopes to source 40 percent of total electricity usage worldwide from renewable energy by 2011. SC Johnson is close to meeting this goal early – currently, the company sources 39.7 percent of total worldwide electricity usage from renewable sources.
Celebrating 50 Years of Philanthropy, Partnerships and Social Responsibility
Founded in a small Midwestern town, SC Johnson approaches social responsibility and philanthropy with a community-based mindset – a mindset that has helped SC Johnson earn consumer trust and respect and recognition as one of America's most respected companies.* One of the company's primary principles is to make a positive difference in the communities where the it operates. This year, the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of its philanthropic arm, the SC Johnson Fund, Inc., as well as ongoing philanthropy by the company that began decades earlier. Among the ways the company continues to make a difference:
- Continued to invest in worldwide education on malaria, dengue and other insect-borne diseases
- Founding member of Conservation International's Team Earth project
- Formed partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Increased worldwide corporate philanthropic contributions, with the 10-year cumulative reaching nearly US$185 million
- Local charities receive approximately two percent of pre-tax profits
About the Public Report
To minimize waste, SC Johnson consciously limited the number of pages within the report and limits printed editions of its Public Report and encourages distribution via the Internet at www.scjohnson.com. The report uses paper with postconsumer recycled content at 15 percent, and was manufactured with renewable wind power. The book also uses eco-friendly inks and low-VOC-emitting water-based coatings.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business 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, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE, OFF!, PLEDGE, RAID, SCRUBBING BUBBLES, SHOUT, WINDEX and ZIPLOC in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN, BAYGON, BRISE, ECHO, KABIKILLER, KLEAR, and MR. MUSCLE. The 124-year-old company, with more than US$8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com