SC Johnson has been named the recipient of the 2015 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.
The family owned company’s focus on sustainability and transparency dates back as early as 1975 when, three years before a government mandate, it eliminated chlorofluorocarbons from its aerosol products. With the 2001 launch of its Greenlist process, an ingredient management system focusing on rating and continuously improving chemicals in the company’s products, SC Johnson cemented its commitment to full disclosure. The company makes a wide range of household products including Glade, Pledge and Ziploc.
Given out annually by the World Environment Center (WEC), a nonprofit, non-advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., the award recognizes a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Recent recipients of the award include Volkswagen (2014), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012) and Nestlé (2011).
"The company [SC Johnson] has demonstrated continuous improvement over its long history, and has gone above and beyond expected corporate commitments with programs that integrate sustainability into the core of its business values and implementation," said WEC Gold Medal Jury Chair Kathy Sierra.
"At SC Johnson, we have long believed that sustainability and helping consumers make the best product choices go hand-in-hand," said SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson. "It is especially rewarding to be recognized for our Greenlist process. In addition to driving ongoing product improvements, it has fueled a far-reaching ingredient disclosure effort. These transparency initiatives are fundamental for the company and help us earn the trust of families buying our products."
This is the second time that SC Johnson has been awarded WEC’s Gold Medal, having previously received it in 1994.