RACINE, Wis., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson, the maker of trusted brands like Raid®, Glade®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, announced today that it has received the 2016 Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizenship Award from the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & the Caribbean (AACCLA). The award was earned for the company's "SCJ Recycles" program in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
As one of the region's primary metal can aerosol producers, SC Johnson built an innovative program that led to better, more efficient metal can recycling that also provides an improved working environment for employees at waste separation facilities. "SCJ Recycles" is a system that allows waste workers to quickly separate cans from other recyclables, safely empty the remaining contents of aerosol cans and then crush all the cans in a compactor for efficient handling and transportation to recycled waste processors. In addition to the ongoing recycling system, more than 5,500 students and adults in the local communities participated in "SCJ Recycles" educational workshops meant to stimulate recycling habits and provide sustainability know-how. To date, SC Johnson employees, families and friends have volunteered in more than 30 of the community educational workshops and programs. "SCJ Recycles is one of the many ways we try to do the right thing," said H. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "It's about being responsible, ethical and mindful that we are all part of something bigger. We are honored and humbled that the program is being acknowledged with this award." The AACCLA presented SC Johnson with the 2016 Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizen Award at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 17 th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards Gala held on November 17 in Washington, D.C. SC Johnson believes that every community in which it operates should be better because it is there. As part of this commitment, SC Johnson is a leader in philanthropic giving. The company has provided more than $200 million in philanthropic support around the world during the last 10 years. Areas of giving include: community & economic development; education; environment & sustainability; social services; health & wellness; and art, culture & the humanities. SC Johnson has 13,000 people working in more than 70 countries to make life better. From the products it creates to the planet we share, the company takes a 360° perspective to do what's right for future generations. The family company has been actively establishing, measuring and achieving sustainability goals for decades.