COMPANY & CAREER
Fisk Johnson joined SC Johnson in 1987 and was appointed CEO in 2004.
SC Johnson is a global maker of household, personal care, baby care, and professional products with sales in almost every country in the world. SC Johnson Brands include Glade®, OFF!®, Pledge®, Mr Muscle®, Duck®, Baygon® and Raid®, Ziploc®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Windex®, Autan®, Shout®, Mrs. Meyers® Clean Day, Babyganics®, method®, and Ecover®, Sun Bum®, Frida®, and many others.
Fisk currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum. He has also served on the boards of Conservation International, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and
Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. Fisk has been privileged to serve on two federal advisory committees — as a member of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors
on Science and Technology from 2019 to 2021 and as a member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations from 2002 to 2010 and again from 2011 to 2015.
Fisk holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Physics, a Master of Engineering, a Master of Science in Physics, a Master of Business Administration, and a doctorate in Physics, all from Cornell University.
He served on the Cornell University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001 and is now a Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor. He has also served on the University of Chicago's Physical Sciences Division Council since 1996.
In addition to more than 35 years of global business experience, Fisk has over 30 years of experience as managing director of a private technology-oriented venture capital business.
Fisk is a devoted father who enjoys spending a great deal of time with his daughter. He's an accomplished pilot with more than 2,000 hours of glider, seaplane, instrument, multi-engine, and C550-type ratings. He is also an avid scuba diver and enjoys many outdoor sports.
Beyond working to continually launch innovative, quality products that work, SC Johnson has long been a champion of responsible chemistry, chemical regulation reform and ingredient disclosure.
SC Johnson has a decades-long track record of continuously improving the safety and environmental profile of its products. The SC Johnson Greenlist™ process, which launched in 2001, formalized SC Johnson's process and made continuous improvement of chemical selection a company policy.
"People have a fundamental right to know what's in the products we give them, and for that matter, what everyone else gives them." - Fisk Johnson via Huffington Post
The company has also taken significant and unprecedented steps in ingredient transparency. Ten years after launching its industry-leading North American ingredient communication program, in 2019, SC Johnson fulfilled its promise of a global transparency program. Today, the company offers ingredient transparency to consumers everywhere in the world who use its products.
ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL LEADERSHIP
SC Johnson has over 60 years of experience in entomology and is the world's largest producer of household insecticides and repellents with well-known brands such as Raid®, OFF!®, Baygon® and Autan®. Throughout its long history, the company has focused its science, innovation, and partnership expertise on combating mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika, and dengue fever. Its collaborative initiative on spatial repellents with the University of Notre Dame and The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, in partnership with UNITAID and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, represents a critical next step in reaching the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. With recent studies confirming the effectiveness of its Mosquito Shield™ and Guardian™ repellents in these settings, the company is now supporting the remaining research required by the World Health Organization for a policy recommendation. Once approved, it will be one of the first new recommended malaria prevention tools in 25 years.
With a strong combined background in science and business, Fisk is a passionate advocate for practical paths forward on sustainability issues that include reducing plastic waste, green energy, carbon reduction, green chemistry, and ingredient transparency.
For example, Fisk has travelled worldwide studying the plastic waste problem. He has personally collected and studied microplastics in the environment, from the Arctic to the Strait of Magellan to the Sahara Desert. He has been scuba diving for 50 years and has witnessed dramatic change in the health of our ocean ecosystems. He has also visited numerous recycling facilities, plastic suppliers, and component manufacturers across the globe—all of which has informed his sense of urgency about the need to address the plastic waste crisis head-on.
SC Johnson has a long history of working to find solutions to the plastic waste issue—beginning with our own products. The company launched its first recycled bottle in 1987. Twelve years ago, we launched concentrated refills for our trigger cleaners so consumers could use their trigger spray bottles dozens of times. Today, the company continues to provide more sustainable options for our products.
Another example of a recent initiative is The Blue Paradox exhibit that SC Johnson has created and sponsored at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago to highlight the plastic pollution problem in our oceans. Presented in partnership with Conservation International, The Blue Paradox is an immersive experience on the ocean plastics crisis.
Unfortunately, the pace of change has been slow. Fisk strongly believes that to accelerate progress, the business community cannot solve this problem alone—it takes all stakeholders in the entire plastic ecosystem—producers, retailers, consumers, recyclers, and government alike—working together collectively at scale to solve this issue. For this reason, Fisk is a strong proponent of greater regulation, specifically Extended Producer Responsibility regulation that can enable a strong recycling infrastructure.
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
Fisk and SC Johnson have received numerous awards for environmental and social leadership, including the Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifetime Atmospheric Achievement Award, multiple EPA Green Power Leadership Awards, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Force for Good Award, the World Environment Center’s Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, the International Leadership Award from the U.S. Council for International Business and two honorary doctorates, among many others.
ARTICLES & FEATURES
Building Trust: Why Transparency Must Be Part of the Equation A White Paper from GlobeScan and SC Johnson
SC Johnson CEO On Why The Issue Of Ocean Plastic Is Solvable Huffington Post
The Secret to a "High-Trust Organization“ Transparent By Design / Scientific American Custom Media
SC Johnson's CEO on Doing the Right Thing, Even When It Hurts Business Harvard Business Review
How Fisk Johnson Works to Keep the Shine on Family Business The Wall Street Journal
CEO Admits That Environmentalism Does Cost Him Profits. And that's fine The Huffington Post
Environmentalists praise SC Johnson CEO for raising plastics concerns (jsonline.com) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CEO of SC Johnson touts efforts to reduce environmental damage (jsonline.com) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
After seeing exhibit, Racine officials look to change plastic policies (jsonline.com) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...trustworthiness is the most important quality a company can have. It has to be earned."
He also serves on the US Trade Representatives Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation (since 2002) and the Consumer Goods Forum Board of Directors. Fisk recently served as a member of the US President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology from 2019 to 2021.
He also served on the Cornell University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001 and now is a Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor. From 2002 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors of Conservation International. Previously, he served as Director of Energizer Holdings, Inc. and Johnson Outdoors Inc. He also was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 to 2008.
Fisk was named Florida Southern College's 77th Honorary Chancellor and received an Honorary Doctorate. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in June of 2011.
Fisk was named to the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy in 2017, and contributed to its groundbreaking 2019 report.
B.A. in Chemistry and Physics Cornell University
M. Eng. (Masters of Engineering) Cornell University
M.S. in Physics Cornell University
MBA (Masters of Business Administration) Cornell University
Ph.D. in Applied Physics Cornell University