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JohnsonDiversey announces "most ambitious climate commitment in cleaning industry"

September 10, 2008

LAS VEGAS and WASHINGTON DC, September 10, 2008 – World Wildlife Fund announced today that JohnsonDiversey, one of the world's largest providers of commercial cleaning products and services, has joined the WWF Climate Savers program, pledging to significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.

The company announced it will invest $19 million over the next five years to achieve these commitments, but anticipates operational savings of $31 million over the same period, which demonstrates, say company officials, that sustainability is the right approach for both the environment and the bottom line.

WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts said the actions being taken by JohnsonDiversey to address climate change will set a new standard for the cleaning industry and serve as a model for other companies seeking to transform the way they do business to help preserve the environment.

"Changes in corporate business practices are essential if we are to see real progress in tackling climate change, one of the most critical issues facing the world today," Roberts said. "By joining Climate Savers, JohnsonDiversey is demonstrating that the world's leading companies will find even greater success competing in the global marketplace when they operate in an environmentally responsible way. We hope and expect the rest of their industry will take notice and follow the powerful example being set by JohnsonDiversey to reduce emissions and help preserve the health of our planet."

JohnsonDiversey Chairman S. Curtis Johnson said the company's involvement in Climate Savers is consistent with its long heritage of protecting the planet for future generations.

"This commitment is one of our core values, as it has been since my great- great-grandfather founded the first of the Johnson companies 122 years ago," Johnson said. "Our objectives have always extended beyond financial growth to include promoting the health and well being of our planet and the people who share it."

By 2013, JohnsonDiversey officials pledged to reduce emissions from their operations by 8 percent below 2003 levels, an 89,000-ton reduction in emissions. To achieve that target, the company outlined a number of operational initiatives including:

  • Improving the fuel efficiency of its worldwide auto and truck fleet by switching to vehicles with the best fuel efficiency in their class and alternative energy vehicles;
  • Upgrading the energy efficiency of its buildings, manufacturing plants and operations in major sites around the world; and
  • Installing on-site alternative energy sources such as fuel cells or wind turbines.

By becoming the first company in the cleaning industry to sign on to WWF Climate Savers, JohnsonDiversey joins a rapidly growing list of leading corporations from around the world that are working with WWF to reduce their emissions and operate in an environmentally responsible way. The announcement was made today in Las Vegas during ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2008.

"Our customers all over the world are asking us to be their partner in developing solutions to reduce their environmental impact, protect human health and safety and improve the economic strength of their enterprises," JohnsonDiversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan said. "Our goal is to not only practice sustainability in all we do, but also to help our customers become more sustainable in their operations."