Today, business success is being defined more broadly than financial results. Companies are
expected to earn a profit as well as to set high standards of environmental and social
performance – what is often called the “triple bottom line” of sustainability.
While the term “sustainability” is relatively new, the concept is not. We have operated our
business for more than 120 years with a focus on our corporate Values, which form the
foundation of our policies, ethics, corporate culture and bus iness strategies. Our values embody
the spirit and drive the practice of sustainability. They lead us to socially responsible behavior in
our work places and in our communities, and are reflected in the products and services we
provide to customers.
We’ve learned that to succeed long term, we need to make investments, not only in our
businesses, but also in our environment and our people. Our sustainability initiat ives help ensure
that we will continue to have the resources and the people we need to grow for generations to
1885 Johnson Electric Service Company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in
1885 by Warren Seymour Johnson, inventor of the first electric room
1945 The company began publishing advertisements to promote energy savings in
buildings through fuel-saving temperature control.
1956 The company introduced its Pneumatic Control Center, enabling centralized
monitoring of building conditions for the first time.
1972 The industry’s first micro-computer dedicated to building control was built
by Johnson Electric Service Company.
1974 The company was renamed Johnson Controls.
1978 Johnson Controls acquired Globe-Union, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of
automotive batteries, for both the replacement and original equipment
1980s Johnson Controls adopted digital control technology with its JC85, which
gave customers faster and more precise control of building systems.
1985 Johnson Controls entered the automotive seating and plastics machinery
industries with the acquisition of Michigan-based Hoover Universal, Inc.
1990 Johnson Controls first sponsored the U.S. Energy Efficiency Forum in 1990,
co-sponsored the event with the U.S. Energy Association in 1992, and has
continued its co-sponsorship every year since then. The forum has become a
platform for high- level discussions about energy production and efficiency
and in providing industry, education, health care, government, and society
Early The company pioneered open communication protocols, which allow control
1990s devices from various manufacturers to share data directly for the first time.
Today, its Metasys® Facilities Management System is reducing energy costs
and improving indoor comfort in thousands of buildings around the world.
1996 The company significantly strengthened its position as a worldwide leader in
interior systems through the 1996 acquisition of Prince Automotive. Prince is
known for its innovation, from the first lighted vanity mirror in 1972 to the
integration of electronics into interior systems.
1999 Johnson Controls was named the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® "Ally of the
Johnson Controls won the Mandela International Award for Good Diversity
2001 Johnson Controls received the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR "Partner of the
2002 GovernanceMetrics International, an independent corporate governance
research and rating agency, first rated Johnson Controls.
2003 The Alliance to Save Energy awarded Johnson Controls the “Star of Energy
Johnson Controls was named to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an
organization comprised of U.S. corporations that spend more than $1 billion
annually with minority- and women-owned businesses.
Johnson Controls was named "Corporation of the Year" by the National
Minority Supplier Development Council.
2004 The World Environment Center awarded Johnson Controls the “Gold Medal
for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.”
Johnson Controls headquarters in Milwaukee was one of the first buildings in
the United States to achieve a gold rating under the U.S. Green Building
Council’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
certification, which is the national standard for designating green buildings.
Johnson Controls was included on the FTSE4Good US Index and Domini
400 Social Index for its commitment to sustainable business practices and for
meeting rigorous social, environmental, and economic criteria.
GovernanceMetrics International awarded Johnson Controls a perfect score
for corporate governance. Overall, just 26 out of 2,588 global companies
received the organization’s highest rating.
The company played a major role in the construction of China’s first “green”
2005 Johnson Controls unveiled its nickel- metal- hydride battery for hybrid-electric
vehicles that delivers best- in-class power performance as well as excellent
system-packaging efficiency. (January)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Johnson
Controls for outstanding efforts to protect the earth's climate and stratospheric
ozone layers. (May)
Johnson Controls was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability
World Index (DJSI World). One of the world’s leading corporate social
responsibility indices, the DJSI World Index lists the more than 300
companies that represent the top ten percent of the leading sustainability
companies across 58 industry groups that meet rigorous environmental,
economic, and social criteria for corporate governance, environmental policy
and management, environmental and social reporting, philanthropy and
stakeholder engagement. (September)
Johnson Controls announces the company’s new Lithium-Ion Lab dedicated
to the research and development of the most environmentally friendly and
efficient batteries in the world. (September)