Top Companies Report

3. SC Johnson

June 28, 2012

Racine, WI
Sales: $9 billion for the year ended June 30, 2011, but that total includes sales for food management.

Key Personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer; Jane M. Hutterly, executive vice president, worldwide corporate and environmental affairs; Gayle Kosterman, executive vice president, worldwide human resources; Roberto Leopardi, group managing director, European Central Cluster, SC Johnson Germany; Keith Maurer, director of customer service and logistics and director.

Major Products: Household Care—Drano, Duck, Fantastik, Glade, Grab-It, Mr. Muscle, Nature’s Source, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Vanish, Windex, Bayfresh, Caldrea, Mrs. Meyers. Pest Control—Autan, Baygon, Off!, Raid. Floor Care—Armstrong, Brite, Future, SC Johnson Floor Wax; Auto Care—Grand Prix.

New Products: Vecco floor covering colors and sealants.

Comments: Corporate sales rose nearly 6% last year. For years, SC Johnson products have helped consumers clean their home. Now, SCJ is helping them decorate too, with the launch of Vecco, a process to rejuvenate old carpets or rugs with ease and creative freedom. Would-be decorators can visit to create designs and calculate the amount of colorant, sealant and templates needed to create their design. Colorants and sealants are available for $16.99 each and $15.99 per template. One can of colorant or sealant covers six templates and each template can be used six times. Vecco products are sold directly to consumers via the website and through the interactive experience at Vecco Design Studio locations.

SC Johnson is offering concentrated versions of its most popular products.

SC Johnson has proudly published its sustainably report for 20 years. In 2011, SCJ reached some key milestones:
  • Achieved the 2011 goal to source 40% of the company’s electricity from renewable sources.
  • Using its patented Greenlist process, SC Johnson has continued to improve its products. Since 2001, the percent of “better” or “best” ingredients used in the company’s products increased by 33 percentage points.
  • SC Johnson advocated for better chemical regulation and the need to modernize the 35-year-old chemical statute the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the US.
The Five Year Plan

SCJ’s Pledge Multi Surface in Lavender Fresh scent.
The company’s 2011 report also introduces SC Johnson’s next set of five-year sustainability objectives which focus on 360° of green choices. These include:

Continuously Improving Products: Having already increased use of ingredients rated “better” or “best” from 18% in 2001 to 51% in 2010, increase to 58% by 2016.

Communicate Transparently: Communicate to the people who buy SC Johnson products about the materials used and the impact of the company’s operations.

Reduce Waste: Increase post-consumer-recycled content across product packaging to 30%; decrease packaging across product lines by 5%; offset 30% of virgin material use through innovative partnership and packaging advances.

Reduce Carbon Footprint: Decrease the company’s upstream footprint by 8%; reduce emissions from SC Johnson by 6%; increase the company’s use of renewable energy to 44% of total electricity use worldwide and cut downstream footprint by 2%.

Continue SCJ’s work to improve lives through infectious disease prevention, efforts at the base of the economic pyramid, and community investment and volunteerism.

“At the end of the day, we all want to make the world a better place for our children and our children’s children,” concluded Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO. “That’s the heart of SC Johnson’s environmental plan, and it’s an aspiration this family company has held dear for 125 years.”

SC Johnson’s retail customers are taking notice. In March, Walmart Canada presented SCJ with its second-annual Vendor Sustainability Award, which recognizes a company’s overall sustainability progress and effort in helping Walmart sell products that sustain both people and the environment. SC Johnson was one of 80 companies considered for the honor. In April, Sam’s Club selected SCJ as its vendor of the year in Brazil and China.

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