Samuel C. Johnson (Deceased) (1994)
Award Presented at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Chairman of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. (SC Johnson Wax), Samuel C. Johnson has been called "corporate America's leading environmentalist" by Fortune magazine, which named him to its National Business Hall of Fame in 1993. In the mid-1970s, he unilaterally and voluntarily eliminated CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) propellants from all his company's products worldwide, three years before the U.S. government banned these chemicals from aerosols. While stressing such environmental sensitivity and responsibility, Johnson also grew his company rapidly: from 1966-1988, SC Johnson Wax's sales increased from $171 million to $2 billion, and operating profits grew to $250 million from $30 million. A member of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the National Board of Governors of The Nature Conservancy, Johnson received a Lifetime Environmental Stewardship Award from the United Nations Environment Programme in 1992.