SC Johnson Highlights Progress Towards Transparency and Sustainability


SC Johnson has released its 26th annual sustainability report, The Science Inside, which details progress in the company’s Greenlist1 ingredient selection program and the company’s transparency and sustainability initiatives.

Safety and Sustainability

Per the Greenlist program, each ingredient that is used in SC Johnson’s products goes through a peer-reviewed, four-step evaluation to root out any potential impact to human health or damage to the environment. Ingredients that don’t miss SC Johnson’s criteria are placed on its “not allowed” list, which currently contains over 200 unique raw materials.

The report also highlighted some of the company’s recent sustainability initiatives and goals. The company reached zero manufacturing waste to landfill status at more than 65 percent of its manufacturing facilities, ahead of its 2021 goal. SC Johnson also achieved its goal of further reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020 from the base set in 2015.

Keeping it Transparent

The report further detailed some of its recent transparency efforts. Starting in 2009 with the launch of, SC Johnson has been working towards making its products more transparent.

In May 2017, the company announced plans to disclose 368 skin allergens that may be present in its products, which goes beyond regulations in the E.U. and U.S. Then in fall 2017, the company expanded its ingredient transparency program to Asia Pacific. Currently, the program provides access to a comprehensive list of ingredients for more than 5,300 products sold in 52 countries.

“We know consumers today are more interested than ever in the products they bring into their homes,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “What matters most is the trust consumers place in our company and that they count on our products to be effective and safe. We believe it’s our responsibility to give people the facts, so they can make informed choices, and we hope other companies will join us.”


1. Greenlist is a registered trademark.

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