Legacy of Leadership

 
1886 - 1999
2000 - Present
 
 

1900

SC Johnson starts offering paid vacations, establishing itself from its very beginnings as a great place to work.

1915

Samuel C. Johnson lays the cornerstone for the Racine YMCA, setting a standard for community leadership by the company.

1917

SC Johnson becomes one of the first companies in the United States to offer profit sharing for all employees.

1922

Herbert F. Johnson Sr. founds a community fund to unite volunteer agencies - the precursor to the United Way of Racine.

1927

In a speech, Herbert F. Johnson Sr. summarizes our principles:  "The goodwill of people is the only enduring thing in any business."

1934

Despite the Great Depression, SC Johnson establishes a pension plan for employees - it's among early companies to do so.

1935

H.F. Johnson Jr. leads the Carnauba Expedition 15,000 miles to Brazil in search of a sustainable source of wax for our products.

1945

Around 200 employees serve in World War II and the company produces millions of units of product for the war effort. Jobs were held for anyone who wanted to come back.

1955

SC Johnson introduces water-based aerosols with a reduced environmental impact and improved safety and performance.

1959

The SC Johnson Fund, Inc. is established to provide grants that support people, communities and the environment.

1963

In Fortaleza, Brazil, H.F. Johnson Jr. founds Escola Johnson for primary education; he later donates it to the Brazilian government.

1968

SC Johnson opens what will become the world's largest private, urban entomology research center to combat bugs and the diseases they can carry.

1975

SC Johnson voluntarily and unilaterally eliminates chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from our aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate.

1976

SC Johnson formally states our values in "This We Believe," which gives all employees a common understanding of our principles.

1979

After more than 40 years of doing so, SC Johnson formalizes its commitment to donate 5% of pre-tax profits to charitable causes.

1985

SC Johnson opens one of the first corporate childcare centers in the U.S.; and it expands continually to ensure there's never a waiting list for employees' children.

1988

"People Who Care" launches and becomes a model organization for encouraging and arranging employee volunteerism.

1990s

SC Johnson leads a national grassroots coalition to promote steel can recycling, resulting in over 5,600 communities recycling empty aerosol cans.

1991

Chairman Sam Johnson becomes a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

1992

SC Johnson publishes our first sustainability report, becoming one of the first consumer packaged goods companies to do so.

1994

SC Johnson receives the prestigious Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement from the World.

1998

SC Johnson helps The Nature Conservancy protect two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion and create a local conservation organization. 

1998

SC Johnson helps launch the Sustainable Racine Initiative to improve education, revitalize downtown and enhance offerings in our headquarters community.

 

127 years. Five generations. One family.

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