SC Johnson Signs Groundbreaking International Commitment to Tackle the Plastic Pollution Crisis

SC Johnson Signs Groundbreaking International Commitment to Tackle the Plastic Pollution Crisis

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RACINE, Wisconsin, Oct. 29, 2018

Company Champions Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at Our Ocean Conference in Indonesia

RACINE, Wisconsin, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson announces today it is joining a worldwide coalition of leading businesses and governments to tackle the growing global crisis of plastic pollution. Together with Dame Ellen MacArthur, Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Continuing SC Johnson's bold legacy of protecting people and the planet, this commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, will address the root causes of plastic pollution and will help keep plastic out of our oceans.

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"We measure our success not by the financial report of the next quarter, but by what we can do to make the world better for this generation and the next," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "Together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and other global organizations, we are making ambitious commitments and taking united action to create a new plastics economy that helps stop plastic from becoming waste."

"By signing the Global Commitment, SC Johnson and over 250 other organizations are drawing a line in the sand today," said Sander Defruyt, Lead of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. "They are uniting behind one common vision of what is needed to eliminate plastic pollution at the source and committing to eliminate the plastics we don't need and to ensure that all plastics we do need can be easily reused or recycled."

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

At the 2018 Our Ocean Conference, Fisk Johnson joined Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Erik Solheim, United Nations Environment Executive Director, to launch the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This document, signed by more than 250 organizations, will address the root causes of plastics pollution – not just the symptoms.  Concrete commitments include:

SC Johnson has a longstanding commitment to preserving the environment and has been working to improve the sustainability and circularity of its plastic products for more than a decade. Today, SC Johnson is announcing a series of commitments in accordance with the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to reduce its own plastic footprint, and encourage reuse and recycling of plastic products:

SC Johnson is committed to increasing plastic reuse and stopping plastic pollution. SC Johnson brands like Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, OFF!® and Mr Muscle® have dedicated resources focused on product packaging. The company systematically assesses its packaging to eliminate what isn't needed and use recyclable alternatives where it can.

The Our Ocean Conference, held October 29-31 in Bali, Indonesia, convenes participants from countries across the globe to influence concrete and actionable commitments to preserve the oceans' health. This annual conference has since 2014 invited world leaders to look forward and respond to ocean challenges, delivering high-level commitments and transforming the challenges ahead into an opportunity for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship.

A Longstanding Commitment to the Environment

For nearly two decades, SC Johnson has supported sustainable business models that aim to raise standards of living and provide opportunities for a better quality of life. In addition, the company continues to make significant strides to reduce its environmental impact and increase use of energy from renewable sources. Its progress includes:

For more information on SC Johnson's commitment to addressing plastic pollution and to learn how the company is helping to support a more circular plastic economy, visit www.scjohnson.com/plastic

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company 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, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across businesses, governments, and academia. The charity's work focuses on five interlinking areas: insight and analysis; education and training; business and government; systemic initiatives; and communications.

www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org | @circulareconomy

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