March 22nd, 2012

World Water Day


Today (March 22) is World Water Day.  It has been observed since 1993, when March 22 was designated as World Water Day by the United Nations General Assembly.   Every World Water Day, citizens are reminded to think about how important water is to every living being on the planet; to follow a healthier, more sustainable diet; and to try to limit their water use to help conserve this most precious of natural resources.  In addition, many parts of the world face a crisis in water accessibility, sanitation and hygiene, and they lack access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation.

Johnson & Johnson and the Raritan River, circa 1900

With the Raritan River on our doorstep in New Brunswick since 1886, Johnson & Johnson has always been conscious of the importance of water.  The Raritan was one of the reasons that our founders located Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick 126 years ago.  And a century ago, our employees volunteered their time to work for cleaner, healthier water for the citizens of New Brunswick.  Way back in 1947, decades before other business leaders were thinking about sustainability, Robert Wood Johnson, our Chairman and CEO at that time, wrote   “In producing vast quantities of goods, we must see to it that natural resources are not depleted at an excessive rate… Water supplies must also be protected, whether they lie at the surface or beneath the ground.”  (Or Forfeit Freedom, by Robert Wood Johnson, Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York, 1947, p. 37)

As a corporate citizen of the many communities in which we operate across the world — and as a global citizen — Johnson & Johnson continues its commitment to helping conserve the world’s water.  As part of that commitment, we are working with community partners to ensure that people around the world have access to the clean, safe, sustainable water supplies that they need to thrive.  World Water Day reminds us that we all depend on water, we’re all connected, and we all can play a role making sure that our fellow citizens and future generations have the clean, safe, sustainable water that they need.  Here are some links for World Water Day:

•    You can read about Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to reducing our water usage on our Responsibility site.

•    In recognition of World Water Day today, the Johnson & Johnson Health Channel is featuring a video about Achal Gupta, one of the employees at our Consumer operating company in India, and what he and his team are doing to conserve water in India.



• has a blog post from Johnson & Johnson director of Corporate Contributions Bill Lin,  and the Huffington Post Global Motherhood section has a post from our community partner about some of the water-related work they’re engaged in — as part of our commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and others to eliminate or control Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

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