Inclusion and Diversity at SC Johnson
At SC Johnson, inclusion and diversity efforts aren’t just boxes to check or a way to get positive publicity. We don’t just go through the motions. Rather, we focus on inclusion and diversity with energy and sincerity because it’s the right thing to do, it’s who we are and it’s true to our core values and heritage.
We make inclusion and diversity a priority today and for the future through a variety of programs and initiatives around the world.
Company Initiatives and Strategies
As a global company with 13,000 employees, we know that work for an inclusive and diverse workplace is never done. We know that the stronger our people are in their understanding, the better impact they have on our communities and purpose of being at work for a better world.
We’re committed to ongoing efforts that help us attract, hire, and retain diverse talent who want to build a positive, inclusive environment. While our initiatives to support learning and drive I&D throughout our company’s work are ever evolving, you can read more about a few of our ongoing efforts below.
Global Inclusion and Diversity Council
In addition to the Employee Resource Groups driven by our team members, we also have a Global Inclusion and Diversity Council with executive-level members across the company. The Council is responsible for developing a comprehensive, integrated, global inclusion and diversity strategy.
We believe that continuous learning is critical to supporting inclusion and diversity within our organization. We provide leaders and employees with training materials and educational events on topics such as unconscious bias, micromessaging, inclusive recruiting strategies and more.
Our community efforts focus on building a more sustainable world, a healthier world and a world with more opportunity for all through partnerships, volunteer efforts and/or donations which help people gain access to education or support that enables them to achieve greater potential. Since 1937, we’ve annually given 5 percent of all pretax profits to charity. Recent organizations we’ve supported include Plastic Bank, the United Negro College Fund, Save the Children, Dibujando un Manana, Teach for All, Earthwatch and more.Learn more
We partner with external organizations to advance our commitments to inclusion and diversity efforts through expanding learning and networking opportunities for our team members. Recent examples of partnerships include NextUp (formerly Network of Executive Women), Seramount, Leading Executives Advancing Diversity, Out and Equal, the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement and more.
How SC Johnson defines inclusion, diversity and equity:
Each of us takes accountability in creating a culture that values, respects and appreciates differences because it is who we are and what we stand for.
We value the collective richness of the differences people bring to the organization, including style, personality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disability – that enables all to bring their full contributions to the organization.
We support all employees by providing fair, objective, and consistent practices that provide tools and resources to increase access to a successful career and experience within SCJ.
EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS AT SC JOHNSON
We’re proud that our employees are dedicated to inclusion and diversity and work hard to create initiatives through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Our ERGs provide opportunities for people at all levels in the company to connect, network, educate others about culture and experiences, and create opportunities for all SCJ people to grow together. And these initiatives aren’t new at SCJ. Some of our employee-led groups have been around for nearly 30 years.
ABILITIES FIRSTEst. 1995 | Chapters in United States and Brazil
Abilities First works to bring understanding and awareness to the full potential and abilities of those with physical, cognitive and medical challenges including mental illness.
Our U.S. members have supported the two-day Fishing Has No Boundaries event in Hayward, Wisconsin for over 10 years. More than 100 individuals get the opportunity to go fishing with support from volunteers – an experience that once was only a dream to some.
We focus on mental health, stress management, self-leadership and more.
ALLIANCE OF BLACK PROFESSIONALSEst. 1992 | Chapter in United States
The Alliance of Black Professionals (ABP) promotes an environment where Black culture is seen and celebrated, Black voices are represented and supported, Black talent is developed and given opportunities, and community relationships are built.
The ABP supports Black employees and our invaluable allies with advocacy and programming in the areas of development, culture, community service, as well as recruiting and retention.
Our signature ‘MLK Day’ program celebrates the profound legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service and community engagement, specifically targeting youth in the Greater Racine and Milwaukee areas. Over the past decade, the MLK Day program has immersed over 1,000 diverse students in black culture, health/nutritional importance and championed SCJ as a leader in the consumer goods industry.
We deliver information on how to promote self-awareness, develop skills, gain career momentum and foster self-care.
Fusion | Asian ProfessionalsEst. 2012 | Chapter in United States
The Fusion group empowers members to be successful by leveraging effective networking strategies and representing diverse Asian heritages to share and build bridges across cultures.
We celebrate various Asian festivals like Lunar New Year, Diwali and more throughout the year and participate in cultural events like the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival to bring members closer together to network and celebrate.
We work by increasing the exposure of Asian heritage to all employees and provide various professional development opportunities curated to our members throughout the year.
MILITARY VETERANSEst. 2019 | Chapter in United States
The Military Veterans group grows and fosters the unique brotherhood and sisterhood founded in the military with its members and develops camaraderie with civilian counterparts within the SCJ organization.
Our group partners with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin to assist homeless and at-risk Veterans by providing food, clothing, shelter and more.
We express the needs of Veterans within our organization, families and communities.
NETWORK OF YOUNG PROFESSIONALSEst. 2017 | Chapter in United States
The Network of Young Professionals develops associates at SCJ into leaders by providing a diverse array of personal and professional development opportunities that connect them to a network of supportive colleagues.
We provide an opportunity to connect new SCJ young professionals with our executives through panel discussions and networking events such as our Round Table of Young Leaders which discussed the benefits of lateral career moves in changing or advancing one’s career path.
In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, we help navigate integrating into the SCJ culture and a new community through events such as a seminar about the home buying process.
IGN!TE | LGBTQ+ Professionals and AlliesEst. 1997 | Chapters in United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil & Philippines
IGN!TE cultivates an equitable, inclusive environment for all who identify as LGBTQ+ through empowerment, education and advocacy.
We offer annual programming anchored around significant occasions such as National Coming Out Day, Pride Month and Transgender Awareness Week, as well as host panel discussions on topics such as LGBTQ 101 and parenting LGBTQ children. Through our community partnerships, members have additional opportunities to participate in local advocacy and support events.
Select IGN!TE members attend the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the largest LGBTQ-focused conference in the world. At the conference, members network and share strategies that help create workplaces which are inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions – workplaces where everyone belongs, and where LGBTQ employees can be out and thrive.
Inspira | Latin ProfessionalsEst. 1994 | Chapter in United States
INSPIRA, our Latin Employee Resource Group, connects and inspires members to thrive in their careers and lives through resources and development opportunities.
Our group has collected school supplies and books for Casa Central, one of the largest Latin social service agencies in the Midwest of the U.S.
We host presentations about the importance of having a multicultural mindset to grow our business. We also provide the opportunity for select members to attend Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) Leadership Trainings, which provide a powerful learning and networking opportunity for Latin Professionals.
Women Belonging & ConnectingEst. 1991 | Chapters in Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, China, Philippines, Malaysia & Australia
Women Belonging & Connecting, our largest Employee Resource Group, inspires and empowers women and their allies to make SCJ the best place for women to work.
In the U.S., twice per year, we host an annual “Free for All” children’s toy, gear and clothing swap for employees and sponsor organizations which enable children to overcome obstacles, focused on their education and success. Because we are a global group, we also celebrate International Women’s Day with events all month-long during March.
Through our many subcommittees, we provide education on working mother issues, the challenges and experiences of women executives and many other global issues affecting women.