2004 Jury Citation
The Jury is pleased to award the 2004 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Johnson Controls, Inc. for providing global leadership in revolutionizing the way businesses approach the design, construction and renovation of their facilities. Johnson Controls promotes technologies, systems and projects incorporating a cost-benefit model that considers sustainability principles.
Johnson Controls’ Signature Contribution is its High Performance Green Building initiative. This is a unique and comprehensive program that sets global standards of building performance and efficiency through reduced energy consumption, reductions of atmospheric emissions, and efficient use of materials and resources.
Johnson Controls business lines and initiatives in the battery, automotive, building construction and control industries stand as a shining example for all industry in the areas of materials use efficiency, supplier diversity, and resource recovery. Johnson Controls’ demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment through education, conservation, and application of advanced technologies is grounded in their corporate values. Johnson Controls’ dedication to social responsibility and comprehensive implementation of energy efficiency and waste minimization practices have set a high standard for industry and governments worldwide.
Johnson Controls’ corporate vision, formalized in 1985, guides the company and embodies the spirit of the Global Reporting Initiative. Johnson Controls is committed to reducing waste, conserving energy and limiting emissions in all of its manufacturing processes and at all facilities. Johnson Controls uses standard measures at locations worldwide to track and assess environmental health and safety performance, employing its Corporate Health and Environmental Safety System.
Policy follows from Johnson Controls’ values and constitutes a commitment to conscientious corporate citizenship, which commits the company to environmental progress, safe work places, responsibility, integrity and decency in business decisions. All U.S. automotive plants were ISO 14001 certified in 2001. In 2003, Johnson Controls established an energy team to diminish energy costs and environmental impacts at all North American locations.
Johnson Controls employs innovative methods of reducing waste, conserving energy and limiting emissions, including greenhouse gases. Emission reduction is achieved by substituting water-based cleaners for solvent-based cleaners and washes. Johnson Controls’ automobile batteries business is a model for reuse and recycling. At present, 96 percent of all JCI automotive batteries are recycled; recycling for lead exceeds 93 percent, manufacturing plants recycle 99.9 percent of all lead used. Upgrades of 46 U.S. facilities greatly reduced energy costs and decreased energy consumption by 30 percent from a 1997 baseline. Lost-time injuries have decreased by half between 1995 and 2000.
Results are achieved through the application of life-cycle assessments with the goal of zero waste-to-landfill; application of ISO 14001; installation of air filters; integrating renewable natural based materials into product lines; and assisting customers and suppliers with recycling and reclaiming materials.
Johnson Controls also advises national and multinational organizations on best practices, innovation and technologies in waste management and energy procurement leading to significant reduction of carbon dioxide and waste, conservation of electrical energy, and increased recycling rates.
Johnson Controls effectively employs its Supply Chain Management process to further the goals of sustainable enterprise. Corporate expectations for global suppliers go beyond regulatory compliance and further require suppliers’ operating standards to reflect Johnson Controls’ own high standards. Suppliers’ performance is monitored, and alignment with ISO 14001 management systems is actively encouraged. Purchasing guidelines prevent adverse impacts of goods and services.
Through its longtime policies and practices, Johnson Controls has demonstrated its leadership in social responsibility and sustainable development. Drawing employees from a rich and diverse talent pool is a high priority – in 2002, more than $1 billion was spent with diverse suppliers. To further increase suppliers’ diversity, joint ventures between prime suppliers and minority vendors are encouraged and arranged. Attaining recognized achievement in social responsibility was marked by inclusion in the FTSE 4Good Index, the Domini 400 Social Index and the Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. top ranking. Support for charitable causes that contribute to culturally and ethnically diverse non-profit organizations where the company has a presence is centered in the Johnson Controls Foundation.
Johnson Controls has been and is a major contributor to the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council where it helped to create the widely recognized LEED Green Building Rating System™. In 1990, Johnson Controls convened what later became the Energy Efficiency Forum – a lively platform for high-level discussion of energy and sustainable development’s role in improving solutions to pressing societal problems.
The Signature Project “High Performance Green Buildings” initiative includes a comprehensive campaign of educating organizations about the importance of green or sustainable design and strategies for implementation. In the U.S. alone, Johnson Controls’ energy efficiency projects implemented or projected for the period 1990 to 2020 are estimated to produce an energy savings of $95 billion and 1.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions reductions. Equal reductions by 25 more companies could achieve the equivalent of the United States’ Kyoto Protocol goals by 2020. This commitment is exemplified by Johnson Controls’ Brengel Technical Center as a showcase of environmental and employee-friendly design.
Johnson Control’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations has led to constant growth and financial success to the benefit of all stakeholders. They are a leading proponent of green buildings designed to conserve energy and water, use natural materials and lighting, treat landscapes with respect, minimize emissions and provide a pleasant, safe and healthy working environment. Broadly accepted, the concept of Green Building can have a profound effect on global energy consumption and resource depletion, and revolutionize the way businesses and institutions build and improve their facilities. The Jury is pleased to designate Johnson Controls for the 2004 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.