Sales: $9 billion for the year ended June 30, 2013, but that total includes food management sales.
Key Personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, chief executive officer; Mark Eckhardt, chief financial officer; Kelly Semrau, VP-sustainability.
Major Products: Household cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides. Brands include Dow Windex, Vanish, Drano, Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers.
New Products: Raid Defense System, Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Starter Kit and Caddy, Glad Premium Room Sprays, Glade Limited Edition Spring Collection, Smart Twist Cleaning System. Acquisitions: Melvo Holdings (Salamander, Woly, Woly Sport and Grison shoe care products).
Comments: Sales fell less than 5% last year, according to the company. But if sales were dipping a bit, so too were pollutants. Since 2000, SC Johnson has lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by 40.2% and reduced global manufacturing waste by 62%. In fact, more than 130 employees hold sustainability-focused roles at SCJ. Their efforts have helped eight manufacturing sites achieve zero landfill status. By 2016, the company expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 48% from global manufacturing sites versus the 2000 baseline and expects to use 33% renewable energy globally.
Even as SC Johnson improves its footprint, the company has asked others for input on how to be greener as part of its 30 Green Days Challenge, in which the company partnered with four families from around the world. The families agreed to make one simple, green-minded change every day for 30 days and document their experience on SC Johnson’s Green Choices website, as well as their own social media channels.
More than 130 tips were shared from the sponsored families, ranging from energy and water conservation to reducing waste and recycling. Through the campaign hashtag, #30GreenDays, more than 120 tweets were captured and 24 blogs were posted to an audience of more than 250,000. Additionally, after completing the 30-day challenge, each family selected a local charity to receive $10,000 from SC Johnson to put towards a green-focused initiative.
Last year, when the shoe fit, SCJ bought it. In December, SC Johnson completed the acquisition of Melvo Holding GmbH, a shoe care company with leading brands sold throughout Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), from a shareholder group led by VR Equitypartner. The deal adds leading brands that include Salamander, a market leader in Russia, as well as Woly, Woly Sport and Grison, to SC Johnson’s robust shoe care portfolio, which includes the Kiwi and Bama brands. The purchase follows the July 2013 acquisition of Class, a leading Italian shoe care brand that offers a full range of shoe care cleaning products, insoles and accessories, from Paglieri Sell Systems.
Last month, Curtis Johnson, an heir to the SC Johnson fortune and former CEO of JohnsonDiversey, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault of a child and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He was ordered to serve four months in jail and fined $6,000.