Our History

A Rich History

Diversey Corporation was founded nearly 100 years ago in Chicago and grown to become a leader in the cleaning and hygiene industry. In 1996, Diversey was acquired by Unilever. In 2002, the business was sold to the Johnson Wax Professional enterprise, becoming JohnsonDiversey. Johnson Wax Professional separated in 1997 from its parent company S.C. Johnson Commercial Markets, to become a global competitor. In 2010, JohnsonDiversey was bought by private equity company CD&R when its name was simplified to Diversey, and a tagline was added to communicate the company’s vision; a cleaner, healthier future. Sealed Air purchased Diversey in 2011, creating a new division of the company as Sealed Air Diversey Care. Under new ownership, the company remained committed to its vision by becoming a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation, and hygiene solutions. The company´s products, systems and expertise have been making food, drink, and facilities safer worldwide. Today, Diversey touches the lives of 800 million workers directly or indirectly.

A New Beginning

In late 2016, Sealed Air Corporation announced plans to spin-off its Diversey Care division along with the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to create a new company. Diversey is poised to transform itself and the industry by changing the way the cleaning industry creates value by investing in research and innovative solutions. As our company becomes independent for the second time in our 90-year history, we are emerging stronger, smarter and more agile to create a brighter, safer future of clean.