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Setting a

Higher Standard

When you buy an SC Johnson product, you can count on the fact that it meets existing government standards, as well as our rigorous standards for health and environmental impact. 

Laws and Government Regulations

We design our products to meet all applicable laws and regulations including:

  • The Federal Competition Act, Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, and other consumer laws and regulations enforced primarily by the Competition Bureau, which require advertisers to make truthful claims about their products in advertisements and on product labels. SC Johnson is also a member of the Advertising Standards Canada, the national advertising self-regulatory body committed to fostering confidence and integrity in advertising.
  • The Food and Drugs Act & Regulations, which is enforced by Health Canada, and provides for the regulation of the advertisement and sale of any food, drug, cosmetic or device to consumers.
  • The Pest Control Products Act and Regulations (PCPA), which is enforced by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada (PMRA), and provide for the regulation of pesticides through a program of pre-market scientific assessment, enforcement, education and information dissemination. SC Johnson’s pesticide products imported into, sold or used in Canada are evaluated and registered by the PMRA, in accordance with the PCPA.
  • The Federal Hazardous Products Act and the related Controlled Products Regulation, which is administered by Health Canada, require that products be labeled to indicate potential human hazards such as flammability, toxicity, corrosiveness and irritation. Our product labels indicate that our products present few, if any, such hazards.
  • The Clean Air Regulatory Agenda and corresponding provincial laws, which regulate the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that products may contain.
  • CIPAC, WHO , FAO, OECD Guidelines, which are guidelines covering pesticide products issued by the Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council, World Health Organization, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • As well as other federal and provincial regulations applicable for particular products or product types.

Our internal standards

Beyond meeting regulations, SC Johnson uses more than 45 other criteria to select ingredients as part of our ingredient selection process. These include carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, reproductive hazards, acute and systemic toxicity, sensitisation, endocrine disruption, environmental effects, and even criteria based on emerging issues that are still being debated.

SC Johnson Greenlist Process

We also evaluate materials using our SC Johnson Greenlist process. We created our Greenlist process back in 2001 to help our scientists choose ingredients families can trust - evaluating them based on their impact on the environment and human health. As part of the SC Johnson Greenlist process, we review our ingredients annually.

When SC Johnson scientists create a new product or new formula, they work to select raw materials with the highest possible ratings. Reformulations must use ingredients that have ratings equal to or better than those of the original formula. 

The SC Johnson Greenlist process was created with input from recognized experts such as the U.K.'s Forum For The Future and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To this day, we continue to validate and improve the SC Johnson Greenlist process. It has been reviewed by organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund. It also has been recognized with various awards.

Visit our corporate website to find out more about the SC Johnson Greenlist process.

Principles for restrictions and use

In conjunction with using the SC Johnson Greenlist process to continuously select better ingredients, we follow strict guidelines for ingredients that cannot be used at all or can only be used at a highly restricted level.

These are ingredients rated "0" in our SC Johnson Greenlist process, which uses a 0 to 4 scale with 4 being "Best." While many 0-rated ingredients meet legal and regulatory requirements, they simply don't meet our standards.

These ingredients are restricted for new uses in SC Johnson products, except in unique circumstances approved by SC Johnson senior leadership, and these exceptions require a defined exit plan for the ingredient.

Where 0-rated ingredients are used in our existing products, we are working to eliminate them as reformulations occur.