Sales: $9.6 billion for the year ended June 30, 2014, but that total includes food management.
Key Personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer; Mark Eckhardt, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Salman Amin, chief operating officer; McKaskie B. Renée, vice president and chief information officer.
Major Products: Household cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides. Brands include Windex, Vanish, Drano, Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers.
New Products: Glade Limited Edition Spring collection.
Comments: When Fisk Johnson talks, people listen. And lately, he’s been doing an awful lot of talking about TSCA, a topic that’s near and dear to him and everyone else in the household product industry. During the past year, the SCJ CEO has hit the road, delivering pep talks at the annual meetings of the Consumer Specialty Products Association and American Cleaning Institute, as well as the AOCS World Detergent Conference. At these stops, he urged Congress to reform the Toxic Substances and Control Act and detailed his company’s decades-long sustainability journey. In April, SC Johnson applauded the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s approval of draft legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
During the past year, Johnson also disclosed SCJ’s latest ingredient disclosure plans. Now, consumers have access to the main ingredients used to create the fragrances in SC Johnson products. This move expands on SCJ’s voluntary ingredient disclosure program. Consumers are able to access this information on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or by calling the SC Johnson consumer product helpline.
Consumers can access fragrance ingredients present at the highest concentrations down to .09% of the product formula, or the top 10 ingredients when there are at least 20 ingredients, whichever provides the most information. On the site, detailed fragrance information can be accessed by clicking on the word “fragrance” in the list of product ingredients.
“We take great care in making ingredient choices to offer products that are both safe and effective,” said Johnson. “Earning consumer trust can only happen when companies are willing to lay it all out there. Expanded fragrance disclosure and ongoing transparency initiatives are vital to building consumer trust and credibility. That is why we continue to advocate for and promote transparency.
SCJ’s been a long-time proponent of ingredient disclosure. In 2009, the company launched WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com to voluntarily disclose ingredients for the company’s lineup of air care and home cleaning products, each with a consumer-friendly list of ingredients. In 2012, SCJ announced the release of its Exclusive Fragrance Palette to provide consumers with a comprehensive list of the fragrance ingredients found in the company’s products. In 2013, the company began adding pest control and other registered products to the site.
Even as he promotes the benefits of transparency and TSCA reform, Johnson is keeping his eye on the ball. Privately-held SCJ’s sales rose more than 6% last year and the company has made several acquisitions in 2015. In February, SC Johnson signed a binding offer to acquire UK-based Deb Group, a global industrial company focused on hygiene and skin care systems for the industrial, commercial, healthcare and food markets. Like all SCJ acquisitions, a purchase price was not disclosed.
“Deb is an important platform for SC Johnson and helps expand our presence in industrial and institutional markets,” said Johnson. “Deb’s market leadership, channel strengths and commitment to innovation complement our own strengths.”
In March, SC Johnson acquired HomeBrands A.S. from Unilever CR, spol. s r.o. in the Czech Republic. The acquisition expands SC Johnson’s offering in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltics and includes pest control, home cleaning and air care brands such as Biolit insecticides, Diffusil repellents, Lynn household cleaners and Citresin air fresheners.
“Adding HomeBrands to SC Johnson’s existing portfolio will complement our leading brands like Raid, OFF! and Glade,” said Johnson. “These brands will enable us to expand our presence in the Czech Republic.”
In April, SC Johnson acquired the ACI insecticides, Angelic air care and Vanish toilet cleaner brands from ACI Limited in Bangladesh.
“These brands will help us strengthen our footprint in the growing Bangladesh market,” said SCJ’s CEO.