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Corporate Sustainability

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.
  • 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.
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:

  • A 21 percent reduction in the energy intensity — a measure of total energy used per unit of output — of our U.S. operations from between 2009 and 2014.  
  • A 41 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity from between 2002 and 2014.
  • An average reduction of 1 percent per year in absolute greenhouse gas emissions from between 2008 and 2014. We always strive to do more, which is why we’ve set aggressive new sustainability targets for 2020.
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 Environmental Sustainability Council (GESC) 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 Global Engineering Excellence Council (GEEC) integrates design for sustainability analysis and thinking into product development.
  • Our public reporting policies of integrity, transparency and disclosure of sustainability data ensure our stakeholders and the public 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.