SC Johnson Best Place for Mature Workers
Submitted by: SC Johnson
Posted: Sep 09, 2009 – 12:30 AM EST
RACINE, Wis., Sep. 09 /CSRwire/ - For the fourth consecutive year, SC Johnson has been recognized as a Best Employer for Workers Over 50 by AARP. The company ranked number six on this year's list. The annual recognition program acknowledges companies and organizations with policies that best address an aging workforce - great news for the 23 million mature workers in the U.S.
"At SC Johnson, we have created a culture that is centered on treating employees like family," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "More than 35 percent of the people of SC Johnson are over the age of 50. They give so much of themselves to the company, which is why we want to make it a great place to work. This recognition is consistent with our values and principles as a family company. We are pleased to be honored alongside all the companies on this list who understand the importance of their people."
The over-50 age group is the largest age group in the U.S. population, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of mature workers will increase to 65 percent by 2012.1
AARP's Best Employers list recognizes companies for demonstrating exemplary practices in the recruitment, retention and promotion of mature workers. It also distinguishes companies that foster a workplace that supports the aging workforce and that encourages workers to remain active.
"Our goal is to look for ways to continually improve our work environment and adjust to the changing needs of our employees and retirees," said Gayle Kosterman, SC Johnson's Executive Vice President - Worldwide Human Resources. "We want to make it as easy as possible for employees to achieve the delicate balance between work and home and exceed employees' expectations while upholding the values and culture that makes SC Johnson so unique."
AARP commended the company for creating a workplace of excellence by offering retirees and workers the same benefits and programs, which include a defined pension benefit plan, health, wellness and recreation programs, and continued work opportunities. The average tenure for an SC Johnson employee over 50 is 23 years.
To be considered for the AARP list, companies submit a comprehensive application that includes questions about their human resources practices and policies. Areas of consideration include recruiting practices, training, education and career development opportunities, and flexible work arrangements. Retiree and health benefits are also considered.
With 40 million members, AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States.
SC Johnson has long been recognized as an employer of choice. For the past 21 years, Working Mother magazine has recognized SC Johnson on the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list. Earlier this year, SC Johnson was recognized for the ninth time on FORTUNE magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work for in America."
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 123-year old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries. www.scjohnson.com
1 Source: AARP Press Center, Breaking The Silver Ceiling: A New Generation of Older Americans Redefining the New Rules of the Workplace, September 20, 2004
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