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SC Johnson Joins Conservation International's Team Earth, a Worldwide Sustainability Movement, As One of the Founding Members
Date:9/21/2009

RACINE, Wis., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- While governments continue to debate reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and many companies are waiting for outcome of the debates, SC Johnson continues to move forward in its quest to do the right thing and today becomes a founding member of Conservation International's (CI) Team Earth project.

Team Earth, a worldwide sustainability effort unites businesses, non-profit organizations, scientists, educators, individuals and children in an international collective action campaign to address the most pressing environmental issues facing humanity. The first challenge the movement aims to tackle is climate change making the project a natural fit for the company that has long been committed to reducing its footprint by finding innovative renewable energy solutions and reducing GHGs.

"To further support the great work of Conservation International, SC Johnson is excited to be a founding partner of Team Earth," said SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson. "Creating a lasting legacy for our families and communities around the world has been our commitment for more than 120 years and this is a value on which we base our business. By working with partners that understand the need for rigorous science, human welfare and growing support for environmental protection, together we can make leaps toward protecting the world's resources for future generations. It is our responsibility as a global company to make good choices for the environment. As a longtime partner of CI, SC Johnson is looking forward to the work to be done."

As a founding member, SC Johnson has already signed the Copenhagen Communique on Climate Change, which calls on world leaders to sign an ambitious and fair agreement on climate change. The company also continues its quest to do the right thing and is currently developing new worldwide greenhouse gas objectives. These new goals are necessary because the company has already reached its previous goals three years ahead of schedule which includes cutting GHGs at its worldwide factories by 27 percent, while emissions in the United States shrunk 17 percent since 2005. These reductions were achieved over the past eight years and a full three years ahead of SC Johnson's 2011 target.

Team Earth's first commitment is to recruit individuals to save the world's forests, a vital element in preventing climate change. As an ongoing campaign, Team Earth will take on five critical topic areas: climate change, water, health, waste and food. The initiative will urge individual actions and present easy solutions to ensure a more sustainable world. For more information visit www.teamearth.com

SC Johnson's Commitment to Doing What's Right

SC Johnson has a wide variety of efforts to drive global development and growth that benefit the people around us and the planet we all share. From exceptional philanthropy, volunteerism and education to new business models that bring economic growth to the world's poorest communities, we're helping to create stronger communities for families around the globe. For example:

  • The company continued to lead the industry by increasing its transparency and further demonstrating our commitment to doing what's right with the voluntary launch of our innovative ingredient disclosure initiative which openly communicates product ingredients, including fragrances, dyes and preservatives.
  • SC Johnson continued to make strides using its patented Greenlist(TM) process, with use of "Better" and "Best" rated materials increasing to 47 percent of total materials.
  • Through cogeneration with landfill gas, wind power and biofuels, almost 36 percent of SC Johnson's total electricity usage worldwide came from renewable energy.
  • SC Johnson continued to educate about malaria, dengue and other insect-borne diseases, including joining the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, and working as part of the Clinton Global Initiative.
  • The company's base of the pyramid efforts in Kenya and other countries continued, and it has kicked off a supply chain initiative with Rwandan pyrethrum farmers and the Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M.
  • SC Johnson continued to provide valued support to the communities where we operate, with our 10-year cumulative giving surpassing $180 million.
  • The company sets aside 5 percent of pre-tax profits globally for corporate giving - nearly four times the average - and works with partners, such as Conservation International. Around the world, our subsidiary companies contribute an average of 2 percent of pre-tax profits and partner with local foundations.

SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE(R), OFF!(R), PLEDGE(R), RAID(R), SCRUBBING BUBBLES(R), SHOUT(R), WINDEX(R) and ZIPLOC(R) in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN(R), BAYGON(R), BRISE(R), ECHO(R), KABIKILLER(R), KLEAR(R), and MR. MUSCLE(R). The 123-year old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries. www.scjohnson.com


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