From selecting better ingredients to using fewer resources, we're working every day at SC Johnson to make this world a cleaner, better place. Here are a few examples of how we're doing our part.
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Teaching Prevention at an Early Age
In Indonesia, SC Johnson's dengue-prevention efforts include educational programs for children.
Sustainability Makes Our Business
We helped build a distribution center in Wisconsin with responsible features such as energy-efficient lighting with sensors, a water-conserving toilet system, and the use of geothermal energy for the office areas.
SC Johnson Turkey is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Turkey was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the first time; it ranked 4.
Eco-Friendly Clinic in Nairobi
We helped fund a new 13-room, eco-friendly medical clinic in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The clinic is a community-based medical program that serves as many as 20,000 people a year.
SC Johnson United States is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson United States was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 9th time; it ranked 81 among 100 best companies.
SC Johnson Canada is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Canada was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 3rd time; it ranked 45 among 75 best companies.
SC Johnson Argentina is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Argentina was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 7th time and for being among the top 25 ever year since 2002.
SC Johnson Mexico is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Mexico was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 8th time; it ranked 7 among 88 best companies.
Educating a Community
SC Johnson Thailand's annual dengue campaign includes public demonstrations and special awareness events.
SC Johnson Venezuela is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Venezuela was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 4th consecutive year in the top 10; it ranked 2 among 18 best companies.
SC Johnson Germany is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Germany was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 6th time; it ranked 40 among 100 best companies.
Help from the OFF!® Brand
The OFF!® brand donates approximately $200,000 in product and financial contributions each year in the United States alone, to help keep people protected from mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus.
Creating Wind Power in Holland
In 2009, we’ll complete a wind turbine near our Europlant manufacturing site that will produce about 6.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. It’s expected to eliminate about 3,900 tons of carbon dioxide annually and use 655,000 kilograms less coal.
German Eco-Climate Operations
SC Johnson Germany's new office has an eco-climate system that uses heat pumps with rain and groundwater for energy.
Teaching the Right Ways to Recycle
In April, U.S. employees can bring personal electronics to work for appropriate disposal, as a way to educate about e-waste.
SC Johnson Italy is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Italy was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 7th time; it ranked 12 among 35 best companies.
Promoting Electric Cars
Our headquarters campus is running a pilot in which owners of electric cars can charge their vehicles at a dedicated parking station right on campus. Similar parking stations may be developed at other locations across the globe.
Recognition for SC Johnson Mexico
In 2009, SC Johnson Mexico received the Socially Responsible Enterprise Award from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) for the ninth consecutive year.
SC Johnson Makes Top AARP Ranking
For the third consecutive year,AARP recognized SC Johnson as a top company for those over 50.
SC Johnson Chile is a "Great Place to Work"
SC Johnson Chile was recognized as a "Great Place to Work" for the 4th time; it ranked 10 among 35 best companies.
Reducing Waste in India
In India, one of our operations has cut solid waste by half since 2005, reduced paper waste by 18% and held plastic waste almost flat.
Embracing Diversity and Workers with Disabilities
The company ranked sixth among top ten companies for disabilities and in the top 50 companies for diversity in 2008, according to DiversityInc.com.
Providing Health Care Technology
SC Johnson Canada helped Brantford General Hospital purchase its first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
Improving Sustainability Efforts in Canada
Recent improvements at SC Johnson Canada's factory included reducing scrap from a key production line by 59%.
A Hybrid Sales Fleet
Our fleet program for U.S. sales employees focuses on a single car option: the Toyota Prius, a hybrid model. Fleet cars are being replaced on a 3-year basis until the fleet averages 40 mpg - a target we hope to reach by the end of 2010.
Conserving Water During Off-Hours
Shutting down decorative fountains at SC Johnson United Kingdom during nights and weekends saves 34,000 kWh of energy per year.
Buying Green Electricity in Michigan
In 2008, we signed an agreement to source 46% of the electricity for our Bay City, Michigan factory from wind energy. This keeps 29,500 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere annually.
Building Conservation Interest
We made a $20,000 contribution to support the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which trains the next generation of conservationists there.
Since summer 2008, SC Johnson has been working with our suppliers to phase out phthalates from fragrances they supply for our products.
Volunteering with Children
SC Johnson South Africa employees volunteered at an orphanage, cleaning the facility and playing with the children.
Providing Earthquake Relief
Following the devastating earthquake in China in May of 2008, SC Johnson made a $50,000 contribution to support victims and rushed cases of Raid® coils and OFF!® repellents to the Sichuan province to help protect those who had lost their homes and those working on relief efforts.
Malaria Education in Ghana
Our two-region malaria awareness pilot with the Ghana Community Health Nurses included information and education about malaria prevention. About 200 people were trained and then offered educational sessions that reached over 8,000 people.
Building Awareness in Brazil
SC Johnson Brazil took part in the government's Dengue Day with interactive street demonstrations that reached about 74,000 people.
A Place for Every Child
We added a wing to our Childcare Learning Center in Racine, Wisconsin, ensuring we'll continue to have space for employees' children without a waiting list.
Education Made Fun
We sponsored the first-ever Raid® Malaria Limpopo Schools Sports Tournament. The two-day event brought together 16 schools for sports tournaments interspersed with education about malaria prevention. Almost 8,000 people attended and received protection information and product samples.
Protection in Paraguay
During a dengue and yellow fever epidemic, SC Johnson Paraguay provided samples of OFF!® insect repellents in parks and other public places.
In 2002, we stopped using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in our packaging — on a worldwide basis — because it is not biodegradable and has been linked to health problems and other issues.
Better Ingredient Choices
Using our Greenlist™ process, we reformulated Raid® ant powder worldwide with a new active ingredient to eliminate the use of the insecticide propoxur.
Growing a School Lunch Program
SC Johnson Thailand supported a school lunch program that helps families grow their own food.
Red Cross Safety Training in India
Workplace Safety Week at an SC Johnson operation in India included lectures, first-aid training from the Red Cross Society, emergency training and more.
Cleaning Up Korea's Coastline
SC Johnson Korea employees and their families helped with the beach cleanup after an oil spill on the western coast.
At SC Johnson Saudi Arabia, employees support the Al Ber Organization for dialysis patients, including visiting the patients.
Ditching Diesel for Natural Gas
Our factory in Surabaya, Indonesia has cut greenhouse gas emissions 1,484 tons per year by switching from diesel to natural gas.
Big Plans for Young Scholars
SC Johnson Argentina runs a scholarship program for students at the local Ciudad Jardin High School.
Teaching Environmental Awareness
SC Johnson China supports the Education Coordination Committee of the Shanghai Environment Protection Bureau, which promotes children's environmental consciousness.
Giving Children in Need a Boost
SC Johnson Poland recently helped a local school buy an elevator to assist disabled children in getting into the pool for physical therapy.
European Pledge® aerosols were reformulated using the Greenlist™ process to employ compressed air as the propellant, reducing the VOC content by more than 25%.
Pledge® Multi Surface cleaner was reformulated globally to increase biodegradability and reduce VOCs, while increasing cleaning power.
Lighter Bottle, Less Waste
In the United States, we launched a lighter 32-ounce bottle for products like SC Johnson’s Windex® glass cleaner, reducing consumer waste by a million pounds annually.
Assistance in Puerto Rico
SC Johnson Puerto Rico made a donation to support shelter and education for mistreated or abandoned children.
Reducing Energy Use
SC Johnson Egypt has installed a new variable-speed drive air compressor, which will help reduce our compressed air energy consumption by 30%.
SC Johnson Czech helped the local Down Syndrome organization provide rehabilitation and exercise to beneficiaries.
Reusing Plastic in Ziploc® Products
Scrap plastic from Ziploc® manufacturing is sold to a local recycler, who then turns it into resin pellets. We then buy back the pellets that meet our quality standards, and use them to produce bags. Up to 2% of the resin in Ziploc® brand bags is our own recycled scrap saved from production waste.
Muscling Up Mr. Muscle®
SC Johnson reformulated Mr. Muscle Shower Shine® bathroom cleaner with the Greenlist™ process for increased biodegradability — 98% in standard tests.
Green Building in Brazil
Our new factory in Manaus, Brazil includes thermal solar collectors and a rainwater collection sstem for manufacturing and facilities.
Forklifts Go Electric
At SC Johnson China, recent initiatives include pilot use of an electric forklift that cuts carbon dioxide from 1.53 kg/hr to 1.14 kg/hr.
Helping Those in Need
SC Johnson Australia supports the Taronga Zoo, Wesley Mission for Disadvantaged Children and breast cancer research.
Benefitting from Our Safety Program
Our U.K. factory recently celebrated 1 million hours without a lost time accident thanks to a seven-year safety program.
The Power of Greenlist™
Using our Greenlist™ process, we reformulated Windex® glass cleaner and removed 1.8 million pounds of VOCs while increasing the cleaning power.
High Tech, Low Energy
In South Africa, we've cut boiler fuel use in half by using less-energy intensive technologies and production processes.