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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-net-deforestation
      2/6
      "We work with our suppliers, stakeholders and partners to achieve net-zero deforestation through the sustainable sourcing of pulp, paper, packaging and palm oil by following the policies outlined below."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; New York Declaration on Forests

      If Other Initiative, specify::
      Company is a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests, "At SC Johnson, we believe in being leaders within our industry and participating in action for a better world. One example of this is our membership in The Consumer Goods Forum"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      E"Eliminate pulp and paper products containing fiber from controversial sources, such as fiber from High Conservation Value Areas and conflict wood (wood that was traded in a way that drives violent armed conflict or threatens national or region stability)."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    37/84
    • Palm oil
      39/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "In establishing this Code, SC Johnson reviewed and considered the principles outlined in recognized standards and guidelines, including: [...] The International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work [...] The United Nations’ Global Compact – www.unglobalcompact.org/ • The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...] All SC Johnson suppliers must comply with the SC Johnson Supplier Code of Conduct. We understand that suppliers may have their own rules of conduct, but we expect suppliers to ensure that the SC Johnson Supplier Code is communicated to, and complied with, throughout their supply chain. [...] Forbidding Discrimination [...] Forbidding Forced Labor [...] Forbidding Child Labor [...] Freedom of Association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate in employment — including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement — on the grounds of race, caste, gender, gender identity"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "SC Johnson is committed to sourcing 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. We also use 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel expeller and palm oil derivatives. By 2025, all of our palm oil-based raw materials will be 100 percent RSPO-certified and sourced from identity preserved, segregated or mass balanced physical supply chains."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We have the following requirements for our suppliers: Complying with Laws Suppliers must comply with relevant laws and regulations in their country of operation and meet or exceed international standards for environmental protection. [...] Suppliers must maintain all documentation and records needed to demonstrate compliance with the standards in the Code, and make these documents and records available for SC Johnson or its designated auditors upon request. • Suppliers must submit to audits or inspections by SC Johnson personnel and/or independent third parties, covering labor and employment practices and the other matters addressed in our Code, with or without prior notice."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: hotline

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "SC Johnson’s Ethics and Compliance Hotline is only for reporting concerns related to the requirements and expectations described in the SC Johnson Supplier Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume; Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume; Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 8,700 total metric tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          SC Johnson reports the following (displayed in a graph) in their 2018-19 report, as well as in their 2019 ACOP report. - "100% RSPO-Certified Palm Oil used in 2018/19: 8,700 total metric tons [...] RSPO credit/book and claim 45%, Segregated 32%, Mass balance 23%"
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          SC johnson will - "Engage suppliers in discussions and review of their palm oil, palm kernel oil or derivatives production and sourcing practices."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Suspend or eliminate palm oil purchases from any supplier that it is intentionally contributing to deforestation or the negative environmental or social issues or impacts created by the production of palm oil."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020." "SC Johnson will: [...] Optimise our packaging in order to minimise the impact of our cardboard packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020." "SC Johnson will: [...] Optimise our packaging in order to minimise the impact of our cardboard packaging."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020." "SC Johnson will: [...] Optimise our packaging in order to minimise the impact of our cardboard packaging."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "SC Johnson will: Source 100% of our pulp, paper and packaging from certified, sustainably managed sources (FSC, PEFC or other credible standards) or from recycled material by 2020." "SC Johnson will: [...] Optimise our packaging in order to minimise the impact of our cardboard packaging."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "In establishing this Code, SC Johnson reviewed and considered the principles outlined in recognized standards and guidelines, including: [...] The International Labour Organization’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work [...] The United Nations’ Global Compact – www.unglobalcompact.org/ • The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...] All SC Johnson suppliers must comply with the SC Johnson Supplier Code of Conduct. We understand that suppliers may have their own rules of conduct, but we expect suppliers to ensure that the SC Johnson Supplier Code is communicated to, and complied with, throughout their supply chain. [...] Forbidding Discrimination [...] Forbidding Forced Labor [...] Forbidding Child Labor [...] Freedom of Association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate in employment — including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement — on the grounds of race, caste, gender, gender identity"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            SC Johnson and Son Inc. used 19,000 less tons of paperboard packaging in 2018/19, compared to 2017/18.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We have the following requirements for our suppliers: Complying with Laws Suppliers must comply with relevant laws and regulations in their country of operation and meet or exceed international standards for environmental protection. [...] Suppliers must maintain all documentation and records needed to demonstrate compliance with the standards in the Code, and make these documents and records available for SC Johnson or its designated auditors upon request. • Suppliers must submit to audits or inspections by SC Johnson personnel and/or independent third parties, covering labor and employment practices and the other matters addressed in our Code, with or without prior notice."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: hotline

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no
          "SC Johnson’s Ethics and Compliance Hotline is only for reporting concerns related to the requirements and expectations described in the SC Johnson Supplier Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 120,000 MT
          SC Johnson states in their 2018-19 report - "PRIMARY PACKAGING MATERIALS: 2018 Paperboard (inc. corrugate) 120,100 MT"
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "SC Johnson will: Work with our suppliers to achieve progressive improvement and will measure progress, using a supplier self-assessment method verified through regular, independent audits. We also will purchase pulp, paper and packaging products from suppliers who: Adhere to the SC Johnson Supplier Code of Conduct. [...] Engage in a two-way dialogue with us to assist in promoting continuous improvement in their processes." "
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "suppliers are expected to: Comply with SC Johnson Sustainable Sourcing Policies Suppliers must understand and comply with current and future SC Johnson sustainable sourcing policies. These include, but are not limited to pulp, paper, packaging and palm oil responsible sourcing guidelines. [...] If a supplier fails to comply with any aspect of the Code, that supplier must immediately advise SC Johnson of the violation and implement immediate corrective actions. SC Johnson reserves the right to terminate any contracts and its business relationship with any supplier that does not meet the requirements of our Code."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    17/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    14/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

SC Johnson & Son manufactures and sells household products such as home cleaning, pest control and home fragrance. Well-known brands include Mr Muscle and Glade. SC Johnson & Son Inc is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Mr Muscle, Raid, Pledge, Duck, Ziploc, Windex, Baygon, Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, ecover

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