Johnson Controls has long been touted as a sustainability leader and progressive company. The manufacturing and technology company touches our lives in ways that may not be obvious but are nonetheless important, from car batteries for conventional and hybrid automobiles to buildings’ heating and cooling systems. From the smallest office building to theEmpire State Building, the chances are that you are in an environment touched by a Johnson Controls product.

But, in addition to the creation of the gadgets and systems that allow buildings and vehicles to operate, Johnson Controls is working on making those products better and more efficient. Meanwhile the Milwaukeebased company has a record as a solid corporate citizen, model for transparency and corporate governance and leader in green building. The $40 billion company with 162,000 employees across the globe builds on its track record with the release of its 2011 Business and Sustainability Report.