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SC Johnson Public Report Highlights Commitment to Doing What's Right

Submitted by: SC Johnson

Categories: Environment

Posted: Jul 12, 2007 – 12:00 PM EST


Includes Q&As with experts from Yale, WRI and more, on topics from green chemistry, to climate change, to Base of the Pyramid sustainable development

Jul. 12 /CSRwire/ - RACINE, WI - July 12, 2007 - From setting aggressive new emissions and energy-use reduction goals, to reaching more than 600,000 people in South Africa with malaria education, SC Johnson continues to act on its enduring commitment to do its part by doing what's right.

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Don't let the blue fool you - Windex® glass cleaner is actually "green." Manufacturer SC Johnson reformulated the product with its patented Greenlist™ process, cutting 1.8 million pounds of VOC and giving it 30 percent more cleaning power.

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An introduction to "green" production - SC Johnson uses cogeneration turbines to create renewable energy for its largest worldwide factory. The resulting greenhouse gas reductions are like taking 5,200 cars of the road annually.

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SC Johnson's new business model in Kenya focuses on services rather than products. With local youth groups, the company formed a cleaning services company. The community benefits from affordable services; the local entrepreneurs gain investment and support for an innovative business they can grow.

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Doing what's right - from eliminating CFCs in 1975 to licensing royalty-free its Greenlist™ process in 2007, consumer products maker and family company SC Johnson says it's committed to helping other companies measure and improve their environmental impact.

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Beyond complying with regulatory requirements, SC Johnson evaluates all its raw materials to select those that are safer for human health or better for the environment. One example: In 2002 the company eliminated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from its packaging due to poor biodegradability and health concerns.

That's the focus of the company's 2007 Public Report, which also includes Q&A sections on sustainable development with experts from Yale University, the World Resources Institute (WRI), RTI International and more.

"Sustainable development is a constant learning process. We are always gaining new insights and are inspired by unique perspectives. So we wanted to take the opportunity of our 2007 Public Report to add to the rich dialogue on topics such as green chemistry, climate change, base of the pyramid business development and more," explains Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

SC Johnson's report, which was published today, captures insights on sustainable development through third-party Q&As on topics from the environment to social progress. For example, Paul Anastas from Yale discusses opportunities and challenges of implementing green chemistry. Janet Ranganathan, from the World Resources Institute shares the importance of addressing climate change. Salim Mohamed, of Carolina For Kibera, gives real-world perspective on building business at the base of the pyramid. In these, additional Q&As and the other portions of the report, SC Johnson is continuing to drive dialogue and action toward sustainable development for future generations.

The report also details SC Johnson's environmental and community leadership accomplishments, including:

  • Achieving a 400 percent increase in the percentage of its raw materials that are "Best" rated, through use of its patented Greenlist&trade process.

  • Adding to its Design for the Environment partnership with the U.S. EPA and joining Europe's Charter for Sustainable Cleaning.

  • Establishing new goals such a 12 percent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its manufacturing operations, on the heels of surpassing its 2005 Climate Leaders objectives.

  • Gaining recognition from the Center for Resource Solutions for using Green-e certified energy at its largest global manufacturing facility.

  • Reaching more than 600,000 people in South Africa with community-based malaria education, as well as thousands in the United States with education about ways to reduce asthma triggers.

  • Bringing to life in Kenya the Base of the Pyramid Protocol&trade pilot through new partnership enterprises.

  • Over the past decade, SC Johnson has given more than $160 million globally in philanthropic contributions toward efforts that improve quality of life.

  • Being named among the Top 10 of FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the third year in a row.

    These and all the company's efforts are driven by the belief that operating responsibly is good for business and good for people and the planet. "SC Johnson is made up of 12,000 people who understand that what we do everyday has lasting consequences. And so we continually ask ourselves - what do we do with the lessons from the past? And what will we do to make the world a better place in the future?" notes Fisk Johnson in the report. "I am so proud that the people of SC Johnson see this not merely as a responsibility, but as an opportunity. Their commitment to doing our part ensures that as a company we will continue doing what's right for generations to come."

    By conveying the company's progress on innovation, the environment, community leadership and workplace excellence, SC Johnson's 2007 Public Report highlights the many ways in which the company continues to do its part by doing what's right.

    SC Johnson limits printed editions of the Public Report and encourages distribution via the Internet, at www.scjohnson.com Again this year the company is making a contribution to Conservation International to help offset the carbon emissions associated with printing and distributing the report. This year's contribution will help protect threatened rain forests and support sustainable activities in northeastern Madagascar. The report uses paper manufactured with renewable wind power, preventing more than 4,600 pounds of air emissions from being generated. It is printed with soy ink, which is naturally low in VOCs.

    SC Johnson 2007 Public Report Fact Sheet

    SC Johnson's Public Report is a summary of the company's commitment to, and progress against, its sustainable development objectives. In 1991 SC Johnson became one of the first consumer packaged goods companies to report openly and extensively about its programs and policies. The 2007 Public Report includes summaries of the company's accomplishments like achieving a 400 percent increase in the percentage of its raw materials that are "Best" rated through use of its patented Greenlist&trade process and reaching more than 600,000 people in South Africa with community-based malaria education.

    The Report includes third party Q&A's with the following experts:

    Paul Anastas, Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University

    Jim Fava, Ph.D., Managing Director of Five Winds International

    Janet Ranganathan, Director of the World Resources Institute's People and Ecosystems Program

    Gene Brantly, Program Director - Malaria and Vector-Borne Disease Control for RTI International

    Salim Mohamed, Executive Director of Carolina For Kibera

    Maryanne DiBerto, Senior Vice President of The Boston Environmental Group

    A sampling of what the experts discuss in the Q&A section of the Public Report:

    "Anything that powers our innovation engine is important, including the discovery of new green chemistry products and processes and translating those discoveries into practical application and commercial success. I would like to see marketing campaigns support green chemistry with the same vigor of campaigns that fight against environmental problems," said Paul Anastas. To read more of Paul's conversation, please visit page 13 of the Public Report.

    "If nature had a control panel monitoring the status of ecosystem services...nearly two-thirds of the lights would be flashing red... Every business should be examining its dependence and impact on ecosystem services and developing appropriate responses to the business risks and opportunities associated with ecosystem degradation," said Janet Ranganathan. To read more of Janet's conversation, please visit page 31 of the Public Report.

    SC Johnson has been committed to doing what's right for five generations and 121 years of family leadership. Family leadership enables SC Johnson to consistently adhere to its core values including innovation and quality, environmental and community leadership, and a steadfast commitment to workplace excellence.


    1975- SC Johnson voluntarily and unilaterally eliminates Chlorofluorocarbons from its aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate. See page 17 of the Public Report for a list of other raw materials SC Johnson has removed.

    1979- The company supports its communities through significant financial contributions, providing 5 percent of pre-tax profits globally to philanthropic efforts. See page 49 of the Public Report to find out how SC Johnson is supporting communities around the world.

    1991- SC Johnson becomes one of the first consumer packaged goods companies to report openly and extensively about its programs and policies. See page 8 of the Public Report to find out how the company offsets the carbon emissions associated with producing the Report.

    2001- SC Johnson develops the first-of-its-kind Greenlist™ environmental classification system as a method to evaluate raw materials based on their environmental impact. The "Doing Our Part to Grow Greener Products" section on page 14 of the Public Report explains how the Greenlist™ Process works, what materials are evaluated and examples of product.

    2004- SC Johnson launches the Healthy Children, Healthy Homes™ malaria prevention and education program in South Africa and educates more than 600,000 people. The "Doing Our Part to Prevent Dangerous Diseases" section on page 32 of the Public Report provides details on this program, as well as our dengue prevention efforts and U.S. asthma initiative.

    2005- SC Johnson surpasses its latest five year environmental goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions 42 percent (as a ratio to production) from its largest seven factories worldwide. See page 25 of the Public Report to view SC Johnson's 2011 goals for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

    2006- SC Johnson Receives the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership for the accomplishments of the Greenlist™ process. See page 18 of the Public Report to learn how SC Johnson is sharing the Greenlist™ process with other companies.

    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, personal care and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as EDGE(R), GLADE(R), OFF!(R), PLEDGE(R), RAID(R), SCRUBBING BUBBLES(R), SHOUT(R), WINDEX(R) and ZIPLOC(R) in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN(R), BAYGON(R), BRISE(R), ECHO(R), KABIKILLER(R), KLEAR(R), and MR. MUSCLE(R). The 121-year old company, with $7 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries.

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