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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 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 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™:

JOHNSON & JOHNSON IN COMMUNITIES

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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June 4th, 2014

Business Model Innovation Leads to Calculated Risk and Success

By Manoj Raghunandanan, Senior Global Director of Emerging Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

I’ll never forget that feeling – the team and I sat waiting at the entrance to the new EYE DEFINE STUDIO by ACUVUE® in early February at 5 p.m., silent.  We all shared the same thought: “What if we built this and no one comes?”

Finding new ways to connect with our consumers is never as easy as it seems, and when you consider the beauty contact lens category that is even truer. Our beauty enhancement product, 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses, had been available in South Korea since 2004.  So when we found ourselves in a situation where our ability to reach people had stalled in South Korea, we knew we needed to find another way.

We asked ourselves: “Could Business Model Innovation (BMI) help to stimulate growth?”  BMI has been a buzz word in the industry for quite some time. We knew the only way to truly learn was to get out of the building and actually do something.  So we set out to create the perfect test pilot. It started with a very simple mission:  Let’s get to know our consumer in ways we never have before.

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May 30th, 2014

Building Homes, Building Dreams with Habitat for Humanity

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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 Alan Rae, Vice President, New Business Development, Ethicon

Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are. Whether it’s our health, our families, our children, or the fact that we work for one of the top companies in the world, most of us have more reasons to be thankful than not. It’s that feeling of good fortune that causes many people to want to share their blessings.

At Johnson & Johnson, Our Credo states that “we are responsible to the communities in which we live and work” – helping others less fortunate than ourselves. As part of our local community outreach in Cincinnati, Ethicon has partnered for the last several years with our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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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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