Sales: $8.5 billion
$8.5 billion (estimated) for the year ended June 30, 2009, but that total includes sales for food management
H. Fisk Johnson, Ph.D, chairman and chief executive officer; Lee McCollum, chief financial officer; Brian Tuffin, president, S.C. Johnson of Canada and general manager, S.C. Johnson Canada; 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, S.C. Johnson Germany; Keith Maurer, director of customer service and logistics and director; Luca Mignini, senior vice president-Europe, Australia/New Zea -land and Japan, S.C. Johnson Germany; Christopher S. Moeller, managing director, Vietnam; Rocky Perga, director of planning, administration and architecture
Household Care—Drano, Fantastik, Glade, Grab-it, Mr. Muscle, Oust, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Toilet Duck, Vanish, Windex, Bayfresh, Caldrea, Mrs. Meyer’s. Pest Control—Off!, Raid, Baygon. Floor Care—Armstrong, Brite, Future, S.C. Johnson Floor Wax; Auto Care—Grand Prix
SCJ extended the Pledge franchise with the launch of Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair.
The Fragrance Collection by Glade Multi-Wick & Natural Soy Candles, Glade PluginsScented Oil Lasting Impressions air freshener, Glade Spring Decorated Design Candles, Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair, Glade Sense & Spray automatic spray.
Sales rose more than 5% last year at privately-held S.C. Johnson, a company that has embraced disclosure and sustainability in a big way. Last year, SCJ launched a website that lists the ingredients of more than 200 of its products. WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com represents the most significant disclosure to date of the ingredients found in household cleaning products, according to the company.
Earlier this year, SCJ teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) on global efforts to combat malaria. The organizations will jointly support research programs conducted by Cornell University Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and a consortium of Indonesian research institutions to advance the development and use of consumer products in the fight against the spread of the disease.
In other announcements, SCJ said it met its greenhouse-gas-emission-reduction goals sooner than planned, cutting emissions by 27% at its factories worldwide over the past eight years, and 17% since 2005. At a factory in The Netherlands, the company built its first windmill; it will supply 66% of the plant’s energy.
But these moves haven’t crimped the company’s product pipeline, as SCJ was ranked fourth in the consumer products category in Fast Company’s annual Most Innovative Companies list. The magazine analyzes information on thousands of businesses across the globe to identify companies that use creative models and have progressive cultures. The companies that made the list were commended for their real-world impact, far-sighted risk taking and innovative execution.
Earlier this year, more than 60,000 American shoppers voted SCJ’s Glade Sense & Spray and Pledge Multi Surface cleaner as Products of the Year through the Product of the Year USA consumer survey. This was announced in the February issue of Fast Company.
One of SCJ’s innovations from 2009 proved to be a big hit with consumers. The Off! Clip-On Fan exceeded initial sales expectations by more than 400%. The strong sales were due to a combination of the novelty, aggressive advertising for the brand from S.C. Johnson and an unusually wet spring and summer across much of the eastern U.S. that has helped spawn more mosquitoes.
“People seem to be loving it everywhere,” said a spokeswoman for Edelman, the public relations firm for Off!, which has positioned the product particularly for women as an easier alternative that doesn’t require application of chemicals to the skin. Even the relatively high price (Amazon was charging $12.89 for a starter kit and $8.49 for refills, which were well above the suggested retail prices of $9 and $3.99), respectively, didn’t scare consumers, well, off!
The kudos kept coming in 2010, too. In April, SCJ was named one of the top 10 most respected companies in America, according to the annual 2009 Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient (RQ) Study, which measures the reputation of the 60 most visible companies in the U.S. and how consumers feel about those companies. The company debuted in the number five spot on the list.
The survey found that for the first time in four years, there was a 50% increase in the number of Americans who said that the state of reputation for big business is “good,” moving from 12 to 18%. Six companies in the Top 10, including S.C. Johnson, received an RQ score over 80, which is considered to be an “excellent” reputation.