May 28th, 2014

Empowering Women and Promoting Action for Women’s Health

Editor’s note: In 2010, Johnson & Johnson pledged to support Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 with a comprehensive, five-year Commitment to reach as many as 120 million women and children a year by 2015. This pledge reflects a shared vision of a world in which women are healthy and children live to reach their full potential. As a global health care company, our Commitment focuses on five areas where we have developed strong, innovative partnerships – and the potential to foster the greatest improvements in maternal and child health.

By Jens Van Roey, M.D., Director of Clinical Development at Janssen, and Scientific Advisory Board Member of the International Partnership for Microbicides

Today is International Day of Action for Women’s Health, which celebrates the work of women’s health advocates around the world to improve their communities and the lives of women and girls. The international community is being called upon to ensure a holistic and inclusive approach to women and girls’ health as the global health community moves beyond 2015, the target date set for achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This is a very personal and important issue for me since being exposed to the problem.

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May 20th, 2014

The Eyes Have It: Exposure to UV Rays a Silent Threat to Vision

By Millicent Knight, OD, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America

May is Healthy Vision Month, a perfect time to ask: Are we taking the proper precautions to protect our eyes?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. Eyes may be windows to the soul, but they are also windows for harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause silent, long-term damage on our vision that may occur decades later.

This issue is particularly timely with summer around the corner—a season in which it’s almost intuitive to lather on the sunscreen before we head to the beach.  While most Americans understand the link between UV radiation and skin cancer, many are less aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. Yet the truth is that harmful UV rays are not just bad for skin; they also can inflict significant eye damage over time. Worldwide some 12 to 15 million people become blind from cataracts annually, of which up to 20% may be caused or enhanced by sun exposure according to estimates from The World Health Organization1. UV rays also have been linked to other ocular conditions.

What’s more, UV rays can cause short-term conditions such as photokeratitis (a corneal inflammation) and photoconjunctivitis (an inflammation of the conjunctiva under the eyelid).

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May 16th, 2014

Joining Debbie Allen on the Dance Floor for Type 2 Diabetes Education

Editor’s Note: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., award-winning actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, and the television show So You Think You Can Dance announced the launch of a new initiative called the T2 Dance Crew. This national education and wellness program encourages people with type 2 diabetes to increase physical activity as an important part of managing their condition. Our Corporate Blog team talked with Debbie to find out more about the project.

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BlogJNJ:Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, affecting nearly 26 million people. Why is this important to you personally?

Debbie Allen: My father had type 2 diabetes and I saw firsthand how challenging it was for him to manage the disease. He tried to make some changes to his lifestyle, but the one thing I couldn’t get him to do was exercise more. I lost my father early, to diabetes complications, at the age of 63. A life-long dancer myself, I knew there was an opportunity to help motivate others to be active – and actively manage their type 2 diabetes. It’s a growing problem in our country and especially among racial and ethnic minorities, but managing the disease can reduce people’s risk of serious complications.

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May 5th, 2014

Supporting World Asthma Day

Editor’s Note: In recognition of World Asthma Day, which is Tuesday, May 6, Janssen pledges its continued focus to advance disease understanding, medicines and solutions for people living with asthma worldwide.

Janssen Research & Development proudly joins the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in support of World Asthma Day, an annual event intended to improve asthma awareness and care for this difficult-to-treat, and potentially, life-threatening disease that affects more than 300 million people worldwide.

Janssen continues to advance the scientific understanding of the condition, and work towards the discovery, development and ultimately, the delivery of treatments for patients living with severe asthma. We are evaluating the heterogeneity of patients living with pulmonary disease to understand the underlying disease biology, seeking to provide better personalized treatment options no matter what the severity of the symptoms entails.

Our goal, together with internal and external collaboration partners, is to help people live a vibrant and healthy life, free from the debilitating symptoms associated with this life-altering disease.

You can learn more about this disease and our efforts – and share the information with others – in our latest infographic.

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April 30th, 2014

Wanted: Sustainable Palm Oil

By Paulette Frank, Vice President, Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Palm oil is a high-yielding, versatile crop used in everything from food to fuel to soap. But this highly sought after ingredient has a dark side. Increasing demand for palm oil has led to deforestation of the world’s most sensitive eco-systems. Companies like ours, wishing to find sustainable sources of palm oil, have found the path to be a windy one. The palm oil landscape, figuratively and literally, is constantly changing. And if there is one lesson we’ve learned over the years we have been working to source sustainable palm oil, it’s that we have to be open to adjusting our course. That is what we are doing today by making public our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Criteria.

This criteria is the latest step in a journey that started in 2006 when we joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – a multi-stakeholder organization that developed a set of principles and criteria for certified sustainable palm oil. We then began purchasing GreenPalm certificates in 2010 covering a volume equal to 100% of our palm oil derivatives (ingredients that come from palm oil).   GreenPalm certificates support the production of certified palm oil by providing a financial reward to the growers who are certified to the RSPO standard.

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April 16th, 2014

The Johnson & Johnson Culture of Health & Wellness Series: Part Two

by Samantha Gilham, Graduate Fellow, Corporate Communications

Editor’s Note: Here at Johnson & Johnson, we don’t just “talk the talk,” but we also “walk the walk” when it comes to health, especially with our employees.  Around the world, J&J employees have access to a variety of health-related resources.  Global Health Services or as we know it, Live for Life, includes access to occupational health nurses or physicians providing screenings and heath related services, Employee Assistance Professionals who support healthy emotional and mental well-being, and Wellness and Fitness Services to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as good nutrition and physical activity.  

We kicked off 2014 with part one of our two-part series, where we learned how the Chefs at J&J make it easy and exciting to eat healthier food.  Now, for the second part of the series, we’ll find out how we strive to keep employees physically active.  We hope this series inspires you to use available resources and make small changes toward a healthier you!


Part II: Physical Activity

To find out what we are doing for employees around the world when it comes to physical activity, I caught up with Deb Gorhan, Manager of Wellness and Health Promotion for the Americas.

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April 15th, 2014

PFLAG Honors J&J Commitment to LGBT People in the Workplace

by R. Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies

Last week an event several years in the making took place in New York City that is cause for celebration for my Johnson & Johnson colleagues.

On behalf of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, our Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky accepted the Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award from PFLAG, the largest grassroots-based family organization providing support, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies (nearly 200,000 members across 350 communities across the U.S. and abroad).

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This award honors Johnson & Johnson for our demonstrated commitment to achieving equality for LGBT people in the workplace by educating and engaging straight allies in creating both policy and culture change.  Specifically, the organization recognized the success of Care with PRIDE™, an initiative to prevent bullying and make schools safer for all children, now celebrating its third year.

We are particularly proud of this honor because it is a testament to the commitment we make to Our Credo values, which call on us to respect all employees, and to serve the communities in which we live and work.

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April 14th, 2014

Digitizing Nostalgia: Behind The Scenes Of BAND-AID® Brand’s “Stuck On Me” Jingle Contest

by Devon Eyer, Corporate Communications, Social Media at Johnson & Johnson

Editor’s Note: Today, BAND-AID® Brand kicks off its second annual “Stuck On Me” jingle contest in the United States.  We caught up with Michael Park, Assistant Brand Manager of BAND-AID® Brand, to learn more about what it’s like to give a nostalgic piece of J&J history a digital twist.


BlogJNJ:  Tell us about the origins of the BAND-AID® Brand “Stuck On Me” jingle contest.

Michael Park:  The iconic “Stuck On Me” jingle dates back 39 years, when Barry Manilow first created and sang it. Last year, the BAND-AID® Brand marketing team brought the jingle back in a new sing-along contest that helps our fans re-live the nostalgia in a very modern way.  I’m excited to be leading this year’s contest and we’re celebrating the start of the submission period, which begins today!

BlogJNJ: Why did BAND-AID® Brand decide to run the contest for a second year?

Michael Park:  The 2013 contest was a huge success. We received so many great video submissions, and it was amazing to see our fans breathe new life into the Stuck On Me jingle. Their creativity and excitement inspired us to run the contest again – with some changes!

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April 10th, 2014

2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award Acceptance – Alex Gorsky

Editor’s Note:  On April 10, PFLAG honored Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies with its 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award.  Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky attended the Straight for Equality Gala  in New York and accepted the award.  You can read his remarks below.

by Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson

On behalf of the 128,000 men and women of Johnson & Johnson I am proud to accept the 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace award given by PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 

For over 40 years, PFLAG has been at the forefront of fighting for equality and inclusion, values we believe in deeply at Johnson & Johnson.

Personally, I’m very proud of this as recognition that we are living up to our Credo, a document and the set of beliefs that have acted as a moral GPS system for this organization for over 70 years.

Our Credo defines our responsibility to doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, consumers, suppliers, shareholders, communities and our employees. Our Credo says of employees, “everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit.” I know that these beliefs attracted most of us to this Company and unite all of us in our work every day.

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April 1st, 2014

Taking the Neglect Out of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels will be participating in the “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): A Conversation on Progress” meeting in Paris on April 2-3.   

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

Someone once told me a story about a young boy living in a severely underdeveloped village in Africa. He couldn’t have been older than nine. But, within his immediate family, he was the only one who could see. I asked my colleague why this was – was it something genetic? “No,” my colleague replied, “Parasites.”

The boy’s family had all contracted onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness. This debilitating disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and puts over 120 million people at risk. At least 18 million are infected, leading to 750,000 cases of impaired vision and, in extreme cases, blindness.

River blindness is just one of 17 conditions referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Collectively, NTDs affect more than a billion people worldwide, most of which live in resource-poor areas.  But the growing need to combat NTDs has not been matched with resources and attention from the global health community.

But, we aim to change that.

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