Johnson & Johnson
In 1886, Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson founded Johnson & Johnson, in New Brunswick (New Jersey, USA), on a revolutionary idea: sterile surgical and wound care products for Doctors and nurses. Johnson & Johnson is today the world’s largest and most broadly based health care company, with more than 250 operating companies in 57 countries employing 118,700 people.
As the largest health company in the world, Johnson & Johnson is dedicated to promoting the health of its employees, their families, and the community in which they work. The company has established a diversity and non discrimination policy, launched the Women´s Leadership Initiative (WLI) in order to attract, develop and retain talented women, promoted Safe People 2010 goals encouraging safety standards and offered on-the-job training in conjunction with training and development courses.
Johnson & Johnson understands that good health care can make a significant positive difference in people’s life. They created The Promise of Health Care which encrouages medical progress, advocates effective health care systems and improves access to health care products worldwide. Community programmes and partnerships founded under The Promise of Heath Care include Safe Kids Worldwide which aims to reduce preventable childhood injuries and mother2mothers partnerships that provide education for HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa.
The Johnson & Johnson Volunteer Support Program (VSP) sponsors on-site volunteer opportunities, creates partnerships with local nonprofit organisations, co-ordinates volunteer days and recognises excellence in volunteering.
In 2005 the company set Healthy Planet 2010 goals, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, water use and waste generation. To achieve these goals, Johnson & Johnson is:
- Reducing packaging size and weight, the energy used to make it and transport packaging
- Increasing the proportion of post-customer recycled (PCR) materials and sustainable or biodegradable materials that are used
- Developing a water conservation plan and perform an assessment to identify ways to reduce water use in each Johnson & Johnson facility
- Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by establishing minimum fuel efficiency requirements by vehicle for their fleet
- Increasing employee awareness and understanding of global environmental issues
- Providing information in terms of environmental sustainability to the public (transparency reports under Global Reporting Initiative)
The company aims to make the world a better and healthier place through everything it does. In 1943 Johnson & Johnson created the Johnson & Johnson’s Credo which outlines the company’s responsibilities to doctors, nurses, patients, customers, employees, and the community.
- Over 90% of employees responded to the last Credo survey which tracks employees opinions
- The company created global labour and employee guidelines
- Johnson & Johnson has also developed a policy on employment of young persons
- Employees have pension plans
- Named one of the Top 10 Companies for Women Executives by The National Association for Female Executives
- Received a GBC Award for Business Excellence for its partnership mothers2mothers
- Awarded the Benjamin Franklin award for Public Diplomacy for its work with the Safe Kids Worldwide program
- 93% of packaging and 96% of office paper contain more than 30 percent PCR or fiber from certified forests
- 84% of secondary and tertiary PVC packaging across the company has been eliminated
- 16% reduction in hazardous and non-hazardous waste
- Hybrid vehicles fleet has been increased up to 2,100 vehicles, making Johnson & Johnson’s the top commercial hybrid fleet in the United States
- 9% reduction in carbon dioxide while worldwide sales rose by more than 400%.
- 34% of the electricity used is obtained from renewable resources
- 95% of the operating companies have a biodiversity plan and more than 50 conservation projects are underway around the world
- Through the literacy program, educational materials and approaches have been created for the children of employees
- 85% of Johnson & Johnson’s facilities have created transparency reports which are available to the public
- The company provided Continuing Medical Education (CME) grants for professional education and charitable contributions
- Got involved with The Healthcare Academy in order to support pupils in the local community, who could have been at risk of not moving onto positive destinations after school
- Supported more than 100 HIV/AIDS philanthropy programs in over 50 countries
- Signed a royalty-free license agreement with Emcure to register, package and distribute HIV/AIDS medicine in many least-developed markets at a substantially lower price than developed-world prices
- Provided medical mission packs in support of medical missions under the direction of MAP International