July 24th, 2014

A WISER Path to Employee Volunteerism

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Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world.  Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories.  Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in. These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too.  
 
“Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship….”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949 
 

By Carrie Arndt, Director of the Management Comprehensive Action Plan at Advanced Sterilization Products, Johnson & Johnson

A successful professional cannot exist in a vacuum. The business side of one’s life must be integrated with family and social facets in order to create a well-rounded individual.  I have been involved as a volunteer since childhood — first as a Girl Scout leader while in high school, then as a parent volunteer in my children’s school and extracurricular efforts.  Volunteerism was modeled by my parents and I have modeled it for my children.

In the fall of 2006, I received a phone call from my son, Mike Arndt, then a freshman at Duke University, that dramatically changed my life.

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July 18th, 2014

Our Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen

We are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Our grief is compounded by the news that many of the passengers on the flight were members of the HIV community traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  This includes many close friends and longtime partners of Johnson & Johnson, including visionary HIV researcher Dr. Joep Lange with whom I have personally worked with for more than 20 years.

In Joep we have truly lost a hero in the fight against HIV.  An uncompromising champion for patients, in particular for women and children infected with HIV or at risk for HIV infection, Joep made a significant contribution to advancing the scientific field through his own work in developing new approaches to treatment and prevention. His leadership in supporting expanded access to treatment for those least able to afford it has saved countless lives all over the world.

We join the global HIV community in extending our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in this terrible disaster and, in particular, to our friends and fellow members of the HIV community.

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July 18th, 2014

Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil.

TOUR DO CARINHO AND WORLD BLOOD DONATION DAY: Caring for Families in Brazil

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil.

In conjunction with the company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign and FIFA World Cup™ sponsorship, Tour do Carinho encouraged individuals across Brazil to celebrate and engage in caring actions, and save lives by donating blood.

We are pleased to announce that since the campaign’s launch in March, more than 23,000 blood donations were collected, a total that will potentially save up to 93,000 lives. This exceeded our goal of collecting 20,000 bags of blood.

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

Demonstrating its commitment to inspiring care, Johnson & Johnson leveraged LED boards surrounding the field at each of the four games on June 14—World Blood Donation Day—to encourage blood donation.

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July 7th, 2014

Why I Raced to Brazil

By Peter Monk, Senior Account Manager, Janssen Immunology UK

My great passion is football — and helping those less fortunate than myself.

Despite my obvious physical disability in only having one arm, I consider myself lucky.  I do not live in poverty or have cancer, and I want to help people as an employee of Johnson & Johnson, but also through my personal contribution as an individual.

Volunteering and being able to give back to others really matters to me because we can touch people’s lives by making a difference, however big or small. That is why I was proud to stand along my UK colleagues and get involved in the Race to Brazil – our UK corporate company-wide, event to collectively cover 5,462 miles (the distance from London to Brasilia) on June 26. The goal was to use various sporting activities to raise more than $100,000 (£60,000 ) for our partner, Save the Children, and our local UK site charities. We are still collecting the miles, hours and money raised, but early results show that we smashed our targets!

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Yet Race to Brazil was not just about the miles. UK employees were also asked to volunteer at least one hour to a charitable cause during June – Johnson & Johnson’s Global Care Month – to reach 5,462 hours of total volunteer time.

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July 3rd, 2014

Sustainability and Health: How Our Environmental Stewardship Helps Create Healthier Lives

By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen EMEA and Executive Sponsor, Janssen Sustainability Council

I see a strong relationship between a healthy environment and human health — it is something I think about often both at home and in my work.

Protecting the environment for future generations is something that I am personally passionate about, and in my day-to-day life, I’ve made many small changes – from increasing recycling to turning down the heating and switching to a smaller, more fuel-efficient car.

At work, I’ve collaborated with our UK facilities and fleet teams to reduce waste and cut down our fleet CO2 emissions. Several years ago, as I became interested in carbon footprinting, we started a project with one of our products that eventually led to collaboration with the Carbon Trust, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a number of pharmaceutical companies. The result was the development of a new carbon footprint tool for pharmaceutical products.

I believe this commitment to responsibility and environmental stewardship is fundamentally aligned with our principles at Janssen. It’s only natural that a company that spends billions of dollars on research to improve human health would embrace citizenship and sustainability. And sustainability is rooted in our Johnson & Johnson heritage, written into Our Credo:

We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes.

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June 26th, 2014

A Johnson & Johnson Working Mom Meets President Obama

By Laura Donovan, Manager, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

Lisa with President Obama at lunch.

Lisa with President Obama at lunch in Washington, D.C. Photo by Getty Images.

Lisa Rumain has a few tips for going out to lunch with the President of the United States: Wear comfortable shoes (she didn’t); order what he’s having (she did); savor every minute (she absolutely did).

Earlier this week Lisa, a Total Rewards Manager for Johnson & Johnson based at World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, got the surprise of her life when she found out she would be having lunch with President Obama in Washington, D.C.

“I had a fantastic time,” Lisa says. “It really was a once in a lifetime experience.”

The mom of three was in the nation’s capital representing Johnson & Johnson at the White House Summit on Working Families.  Organizers of the Summit selected Lisa after learning about how instrumental Johnson & Johnson is in helping her balance work and family. After the premature birth of her twin girls seven years ago, and with a young son already at home, Lisa thought her career might be over. On returning from maternity leave however, the company worked with Lisa, offering a flexible, part-time schedule that she maintains today.

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June 25th, 2014

Tracking Our Citizenship & Sustainability Journey

By Shaun Mickus, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson

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Perhaps one of the most defining moments in the history of Johnson & Johnson occurred more than 70 years ago when General Robert Wood Johnson, son of one of the Company’s co-founders, wrote Our Credo, outlining our responsibilities to all stakeholders and to the communities in which we live and work. It was 1943, a time when very few even understood or appreciated the importance of corporate responsibility in serving the needs of many groups and contributing to the long-term vitality of a business. This 308-word document has stood the test of time and continues to serve as the guide we try to live by every day. And, it is the essence of what citizenship and sustainability means for Johnson & Johnson.

We see our citizenship and sustainability as more than our social, environmental and economic performance. It is who we are and how we act. Our new Citizenship & Sustainability Annual Report gives us the opportunity to share with our diverse stakeholders the ways we are:

  • Working and partnering with others to advance human health and well-being,
  • Helping to safeguard the planet, and
  • Leading a dynamic and growing business responsibly.
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June 24th, 2014

@BIO: Johnson & Johnson Making Connections to Improve Global Health

@BioBlogPost-560pxThis week, Johnson & Johnson is proud to once again take a prominent position participating in the BIO International Convention.  The annual meeting brings together colleagues from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers who like many of the  start-ups, academics, entrepreneurs, and industry and regulatory experts who attend, look forward to connecting with a noble purpose of collaborating and driving the future of healthcare.

As evidenced by our video that introduced the keynote speaker this year, Sir Richard Branson, we are propelled by the possibility of taking on urgent challenges, embracing collaboration and breaking through boundaries to shift treatment paradigms.

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June 12th, 2014

Changing the Game: Johnson & Johnson Inspires Care as the Official Healthcare Sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

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With its unique ability to unite people of all cultures, ages and socioeconomic levels, the FIFA World Cup™ provides Johnson & Johnson with an unprecedented opportunity to reach a global audience and ignite a movement of caring. Paired with our sponsorship, our company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign inspires others to engage in caring activities and celebrates selfless acts of care – big and small – with the goal of making the world a more caring place. Here’s a look at what we have been doing around our sponsorship to inspire care in the weeks and months leading up to the FIFA World Cup™:

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The Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) traveled across Brazil recently, encouraging individuals to celebrate care, educating communities on the importance of blood donations and showcasing how Johnson & Johnson is working in support of a government policy to improve the human aspect of medical care at public hospitals in six host cities.

Tour do Carinho is one of the largest blood donation campaigns Brazil has ever seen. We have exceeded our goal of collecting more than 20,000 bags of blood – a total which could result in saving up to 80,000 lives! Donations were made at blood centers in the 12 host cities and in the Johnson & Johnson Care Bus, which has toured the host cities to collect additional blood donations.

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June 9th, 2014

Champions of Care: Honoring Those Who Give Back

“We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work – and to the world community as well.” – Our Credo

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This month all eyes turn toward Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, where incredibly talented athletes are gathering for one of the most iconic sporting competitions in the world. Games will be played and goals will be scored. Flags will wave and crowds will cheer. By the end of it all, heroes will emerge, as one team is crowned the champion.

We’ll be watching along with the rest of the world, but at Johnson & Johnson we’re celebrating another type of champion too – the unsung heroes whose acts of care inspire others.

Our Credo guides the work of more than 128,000 Johnson & Johnson employees across the globe, calling on each person to build upon our 125+ year history of caring for the world, one person at a time. It directs us to give back to our communities, and our employees rise to the challenge, dedicating their time and effort to enrich the lives of others. They are inspiring examples of what it means to give back.

This year, through Champions of Care, we’re shining a spotlight on employees who selflessly perform acts of care.

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