March 6th, 2015
At Johnson & Johnson, we encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work. This diversity of thought helps us better understand our customers and yields a vibrant global community that is working together to solve the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.
While we have taken a leadership role in creating this workplace culture, there is always more we can do. This is why we joined more than 300 companies in signing an amicus brief that was filed with the United States Supreme Court yesterday in the call for all states to legally recognize same -sex marriage.
The brief points out that inconsistent state marriage laws in the U.S. make it difficult and more costly for employers to recruit and retain talented employees, as well as administer benefits.
Our Credo speaks to our responsibility to respect the dignity of our employees, and provide equal opportunity for everyone. By signing this brief, we are making an important statement in support of our current practices and policies, and further bringing Our Credo values to life. Most important for us at Johnson & Johnson, this is consistent with how we treat employees who are committed in same-sex relationships, reinforces our desire to help them fulfill their family obligations, and is inherent in our Company policies that prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.