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Sustainability
Environment

Our Commitment to the Environment

At Johnson Controls, we’ve been dedicated to protecting the environment since our invention of the electric thermostat in 1885, which provided a fundamental shift in the energy efficiency of buildings. Now, all over the world, our products and services empower customers and communities to consume less energy and conserve resources.

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Our Objectives

Sustainability is an integral part of our vision and values. Our environmental efforts are conducted with the following objectives in mind:

  • Supporting our company’s growth and exceeding our customers’ increasing expectations for more sustainable products and services.
  • Fostering a culture of sustainability that engages and attracts people who want to make a difference.
  • Improving our operational efficiency, including lowering costs and reducing the environmental footprint of our operations and supply chain.
  • Expanding engagement with our stakeholders on environmental issues, including leading in global partnerships that increase the scale of our sustainability impact.
  • Demonstrating our commitment from the top, including continued integration of sustainability into company goals and decision-making.
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Our Accomplishments

Across our organization, we seek to continuously improve in our environmental work. We’re proud and fortunate to have been included in more than 40 prestigious sustainability indexes in recent years.

Here are just some of the reasons why we’ve received this recognition:

  • From 2002 through 2017, we are proud to have reduced our energy intensity by 47 percent and our greenhouse gas intensity by 41 percent.
  • Our efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
  • We always strive to do more, which is why in 2017 we adopted a new 2025 Sustainability Strategy. This strategy drives sustainability across our entire value chain by focusing on five areas: solutions, people, partnerships, performance and governance. As part of this new strategy, we are committing to new, ambitious 2025 goals related to greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water, waste, safety and diversity from a 2017 baseline.

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Our Leadership

Our achievements in sustainability are the result of committed and innovative leadership on environmental issues. The following groups, policies and more ensure we continue improving and evolving our sustainability initiatives:

  • Our Global Sustainability Council (GSC), responsible to our Chief Executive Officer, structures environmental sustainability strategy, coordination and governance.
  • Our Global Manufacturing and Operations Council (GMOC) provides a forum for best-practice sharing and consistent excellence in our manufacturing and operations.
  • Our commitment to transparency and integrity means we are an early signatory and current member of the United Nations Global Compact and that we disclose our sustainability data to ensure our stakeholders are fully informed of our efforts and the results. Our sustainable supply chain activities help our suppliers reduce their environmental footprint.
  • Our official policies on energy and climate change, conflict minerals, and more ensure that our employees understand our positions on a variety of sustainability and human rights issues.