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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SC Johnson receives Gold Medal in Corporate Sustainability Leadership

by Tyler Huebner, Executive Director

On May 14th, Racine, WI-based SC Johnson was honored by the World Environment Center as the recipient of the 2015 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

This is a major award amongst large multi-national companies, and only one company is recognized each year.  SC Johnson became the second company to win the award twice, after first receiving the award in 1994. Recipients from recent years include Volkswagon Group, Unilever, IBM, and Wal-Mart Stores.

SC Johnson's global renewable energy initiatives poster
With financial support from SC Johnson, I attended the event in Washington, DC to help honor the company.  RENEW’s relationship with SC Johnson started about four years ago, when our Program and Policy Director Michael Vickerman advised the company as it was pursuing the installation of two wind turbines to help power Waxdale, one of its major factories in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, near Racine.  

CEO Fisk Johnson proudly supporting clean energy
Fisk Johnson, the 5th generation CEO of the family-owned company, was on hand to receive the award.  “Reaching for that ideal of trust and goodwill is what motivates us at SC Johnson, and it’s where we find our best answers and greatest successes.  This recognition today, which I accept with great pride on behalf of all of the people in our company, inspires us on even more.”

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan presented the award to Fisk Johnson, and he highlighted their investment in renewable energy resources including landfill gas and wind turbines. Ryan said, “If you drive by Waxdale, you see a capped landfill with the methane running into the generators, along with the two windmills, making sure that they are purely 100% sustainable for their factory producing these wonderful products.  That just shows you how committed this family is, and this company is, to this mission.  It’s really impressive.”

To view (most of) Paul Ryan’s remarks, check out this video: 

According to SC Johnson, Waxdale produces an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite each year.  Glade®, Windex®, Pledge®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Shout®, Raid® and OFF!® are all among the trusted household products made at Waxdale.

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