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).

Alex Gorsky PFLAG

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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March 24th, 2014

World TB Day: Be inspired and join us and others in the fight against TB


Editor’s Note: This post appeared on our blog on March 24, 2014 and was subsequently removed and reposted.  It has been edited from its original version to clarify some points and remove an associated video.  

Today, March 24, marks World TB Day.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most deadly diseases.  While many countries have effective TB programs in place, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a particularly complicated form of TB characterized by resistance to at least two of the standard four-drug anti-TB medicines, is on the rise in many parts of the world.

Progress towards targets for diagnosis and treatment of MDR-TB are far off track. Worldwide, and in most countries with a high burden of MDR-TB, less than 25 percent of the people estimated to have MDR-TB were detected in 2012.  An estimated 170,000 people die from MDR-TB globally each year, and the WHO estimates more than two million people will develop MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015.

To change this reality the world should explore new prevention and treatment tools, improved detection and treatment programs, and the prioritization of the disease by public health authorities everywhere. Countries with a high burden of MDR-TB should recognize it as a public health crisis and address it as an emergency.

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March 3rd, 2014

Reaching Animals Across the Globe

by Amanda Barbeau, Sales Administrator, DePuy Synthes Trauma


Caring for the world, one person at a time, is what unites and inspires the people of Johnson & Johnson.  But for some of our employees, it’s not just about caring for people – it’s about caring for our animal friends as well.  Located in West Chester, PA, the DePuy Synthes Veterinary division develops and produces devices for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of animal skeletons and soft tissues. DePuy Synthes Vet recently had a unique opportunity to make an impact on animals’ lives across the world.

The team partnered with In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals, to supply a life-changing donation to their Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon. IDA-Africa’s mission is to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while promoting the social and cultural conditions that ensure great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats. The Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center is home to 74 apes, complete with a camp, education center and veterinary clinic.

One of the staff veterinarians, Dr. Gwendelyn Reyes-Illg, was introduced to one of our products at a conference training course, and quickly saw that the system met the needs of the chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon where she spent two months of the year volunteering her time to help injured apes.

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February 22nd, 2014

Living Life Without Limits

by Paul Flynn, North America Sales Director, Animas

Sebastien Sasseville

Animas is inspired by stories of how our products help patients with Type 1 diabetes.  Living a life without limits is our guiding mission, so when an athlete like Sebastien Sasseville attempts to run across Canada as a way to inspire others to face challenges, it fills us with pride and determination to share his story.

Sebastien is a six-time Ironman triathlete and a conqueror of Mt. Everest who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002 . Thanks in part to Animas, his latest project, Outrun Diabetes, is about overcoming obstacles, whether it is diabetes or any other hurdle people are dealing with in their lives. He hopes his journey will motivate others to purse and accomplish their own personal goals.

As Sebastien traverses across Canada, he will be stopping in cities including Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary before he reaches the finish line in Vancouver.  Along the way, he will host events and education seminars in local communities to help raise awareness for diabetes.

To learn more about Sebastien or to follow his journey, please check back at Outrun Diabetes throughout the coming months.

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February 14th, 2014

Business-Education Partnerships: Johnson & Johnson Helps to Change the Landscape

by Michael Bzdak, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Too many students, more than 1.2 million, drop out of school every year in the United States alone and increasing numbers of young people are unemployed globally. Sadly, of the 13 million children growing up in poverty today, only 1 in 10 will graduate from college.  There is evidence that the private sector can do to help with filling the academic and skill gaps that hinder our young people from succeeding in high school.  Business volunteers in communities around the world inspire students to set career goals; they guide young people in building their confidence through mentorship and project-based learning. The business community and the education community need each other now more than ever but the collaboration between schools and businesses is not always happening at a necessary scale.

I had the pleasure of participating in a regional business-education conference in Fresno, California recently, and walked away with renewed optimism and a few important learnings. First, business-education partnerships are two-way and, when successful, engage all stakeholders including parents and students. Second, to be successful, we have learned that business-education partnerships must have clearly articulated goals and a means of measuring progress including outputs and outcomes.  In the end, we need to define the value that these collaborations bring to all of the stakeholders at all stages of the partnership.

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February 13th, 2014

Going Beyond Borders

by Kim Keller, Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions

One of the core values of Our Credo is caring for the communities where we live and work, and the world community as well.  It’s a commitment we take very seriously, and one of the ways Johnson & Johnson fulfils our responsibility is by partnering with hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to advance the health of communities locally and around the world. From direct product donations to employee volunteer opportunities to strategic collaborations on philanthropic programs large and small,  our work together is making life-changing, long-term differences in the health of people and families around the world.  In fact, through contributions of about $1B in products and cash we supported 500+ community programs in more than 60 countries in 2013.

The Worldwide Corporate Contributions is focused on three areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children, preventing disease among the most vulnerable, and strengthening the health care workforce. Our NGO partners, many with which we have worked for years, are doing amazing things. Learn more here.

At the end of 2013, two Johnson & Johnson leaders from our Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) group took on new adventures assisting communities far from home.  Nuno Barboza, Vice President IT & Chief Information Officer, MD&D EMEA, and Suzanne Fiorino, Senior Director Strategy, Analytics and Sustainability, were given the chance to participate in on-site visits with two organizations we partner with, AmeriCares and Heart to Heart International.

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