May 12th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers! We are celebrating mothers, sisters, aunts, friends and kids everywhere with a post on our JNJParents blog from one of our own Johnson & Johnson moms.

Mother and DaughterSometimes Moms need to hear they are doing okay, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to tell them. From a simple pat on the back to kind words of support – these reassurances can make all the difference, especially for moms like Crystal Cortacans. Visit JNJParents to read Crystal’s post and learn how you can reassure a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day!

Click here to read Words Are Better Than Flowers.

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May 7th, 2013

Second Chances: How a Blood Test Helped The Voice’s Jamar Rogers Live with Purpose

By Eric Compton, Worldwide President, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

At Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD), celebrating National Minority Health Month in April was an opportunity to shine a light on the health disparities affecting our country. While we are all at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and in some instances HIV, these diseases can affect minorities at a much higher rate. As a company and as part of the broader healthcare community, we encourage everyone to take control of your own health and Know Your Numbers; so we can stand together by preventing, diagnosing and managing chronic disease.

We’re proud to say that our cause recently benefited from some star power. Jamar Rogers, known for his incredible performances on NBC’s The Voice, visited OCD to share how a blood test result helped him decide to live with purpose. We were so inspired by his talk that we asked him to submit a blog so that everyone could benefit from his message.

Here is Jamar’s story:


Ever since I was a little boy, I loved singing and dreamed of doing it professionally some day. However, by the time I was a teenager, those dreams were becoming out of reach. My life had spiraled out of control, and I was turning to drugs to escape a troubled childhood.

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April 29th, 2013

Show Your Stripes for Prostate Cancer

By Joanne Vanak, Senior Director of Scientific Advocacy at Janssen

I play many roles in my life and in my work. I am part of the scientific advocacy team at Janssen Biotech. I’m a former oncology nurse. I am a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Veteran’s Leadership Council. And, I’m also the daughter, wife and mother of men who have served in our country’s military. These are just a few of the reasons I’m so proud and honored to help my company launch a new campaign — Show Your Stripes for Prostate Cancer Awareness — to educate and support veterans and their families about prostate cancer.

There are lots of reasons this campaign is important. Did you know:

  • Among the general population, approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. It’s the second most common cancer next to skin cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among American men.
  • Approximately two-thirds of the cases of prostate cancer occur in men over the age of 65, or approaching it, and nearly two-thirds of male U.S. veterans are in this age group.
  • And, prostate cancer not only impacts the men in our lives, but it can affect his family, friends, and loved ones.

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April 25th, 2013

Voting Results from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Doug Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson

April 25th 2013 – Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 125th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, NJ. Today’s shareholders meeting was Alex Gorsky’s first as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Here is a recap of the official business from today’s meeting, including preliminary voting results:

1) Election of Directors: All 12 Director nominees were elected to serve one-year terms on the Board of Directors with a range of support of 87 to 99 percent of the votes cast. Alex Gorsky (Chairman/CEO) received the support of 97 percent. A full list of our Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the website.

2) Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation: In this advisory vote, our shareholders approved the company’s executive compensation philosophy, policies and procedures and the compensation of the executive officers named in the 2013 Proxy Statement with the support of 94 percent of the votes cast.

3) Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm: Our shareholders approved the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to serve as our independent auditors for 2013 with the support of 99 percent of the votes cast.

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April 23rd, 2013

TEDMED 2013: Connecting with a Purpose

By Diego Miralles, Head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California


Janssen’s Diego Miralles and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin at TEDMED 2013

Last week in Washington D.C., I had the privilege of attending my third annual TEDMED conference on behalf of Johnson & Johnson. TEDMED can best be described as a multi-disciplinary community of innovators who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine. The meeting brings together approximately 2,000 delegates in person, plus tens of thousands of additional participants who join globally via remote satellite locations, including events at more than a dozen different Johnson & Johnson facilities across the world.

This year the theme of TEDMED was “Unexpected Connections”, and that is exactly what happened. We spent three days connecting with people to think together, challenge our ideas, build new relationships, and create new beginnings. I was proud that Johnson & Johnson had a very significant presence at this meeting demonstrating our commitment to the TEDMED movement. Many of our most senior leaders actively engaged in collaborative and future-focused discussions with entrepreneurs and start-up companies and our scientists were on hand to showcase our latest technologies and contribute to the dialogue.

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April 22nd, 2013

Making Earth Day Part of Our Every Day

By Fadra Nally, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson

When I was in college, I remember ordering a t-shirt with some of my hard-earned minimum wage pay that proudly celebrated the 20 year anniversary of Earth Day. That was in 1990.

If you do a little math and consult some history, you’ll find that Earth Day originated in 1970. A time of flower power and hippie culture, as well as some of the worst environmental pollution of our time.

Using the momentum from the war protests at the time, a U.S. Senator founded what would become Earth Day, a day of demonstration and education all in the name of a healthy, sustainable environment.

Remarkably, that original Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Since that anniversary in 1990, when Earth Day saw a resurgence of interest and went global, the campaigns and initiatives to protect our environment for future generations have increased exponentially.

Our Sustainability Campaign


At Johnson & Johnson, we’re extremely proud to talk about our contribution with Earthwards®, a program launched in 2009 for developing and marketing greener products through lifecycle thinking.

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March 26th, 2013

Recognizing Diabetes Alert Day: One Mother’s Personal and Professional Journey

By Kelsey Ginck, Global Fellow, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

In honor of American Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day “wake up call” for learning your risk of diabetes, I asked my mom about her journey with diabetes — from her diagnosis and how it influenced her decision to become a diabetes educator at LifeScan Animas, to how her experiences have shaped where she is today, both personally and professionally.

Check out the full post over at JNJParents:

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March 19th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson provides support to the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON)

By Kelsey Ginck, Corporate Communication Global Fellow at Johnson & Johnson, and Penn State Class of 2012.


One by one, numbers are lifted up until a final dollar sign is revealed and the THON 2013 total is greeted with screams and tears from thousands of student volunteers. The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) shattered its previous record by raising $12,374,034.46 for kids with cancer. Johnson & Johnson was one of the leading sponsors of THON 2013, as we have been for many years, sharing in Penn State’s dream of conquering pediatric cancer. This year, I was there too, and I’m proud to be part of both organizations who are so committed to this cause.




Photo Credit: WWW.THON.ORG

THON is one of the most difficult things to explain to someone who’s never seen it with their own eyes. In its most basic form, the Penn State Dance Marathon is a yearlong fundraising effort, that culminates in February with a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. All proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization affiliated with the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides families facing pediatric cancer with comfort and financial support. Students spend time with Four Diamonds Families, as they are affectionately called, throughout the year and invite them to the big celebration in February.

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March 14th, 2013

Supporting our Troops and Veterans: From Facebook to the Front Line

By Russell Clayton, National Chair of the Veterans Leadership Council and Senior Manager Supplier Governance,  Johnson  & Johnson Supply Chain


A few weeks ago Johnson & Johnson received a Facebook message from Donna McAndrews, a soldier currently serving overseas in Afghanistan. She wrote about the difficulties of women in uniform to feel feminine, explaining that supplies can be scarce. I didn’t hesitate when Donna requested a care package because, as a veteran, I remember how much those donations meant to my unit when we were overseas. It’s something you never forget. Thanks to the help of our Johnson & Johnson Veterans Leadership Council ( VLC) volunteers, we were able to send out five large (and heavy!) boxes full of Johnson & Johnson beauty and health care products to let these ladies know they have friends at Johnson & Johnson who care about them and appreciate their service.


The Veterans Leadership Council is one of ten Diversity and Inclusion employee resource groups at Johnson & Johnson. Our mission is to support Johnson & Johnson military and veteran associates and their families through a network of employee volunteers, who contribute their time outside of their regular job responsibilities. VLC programs focus on our three main pillars — people, community, and marketplace — by helping military members transition to civilian life, getting involved with our veteran communities, and bringing business value to Johnson & Johnson.

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February 19th, 2013

A New Milestone in the Journey Toward Sustainable Palm Oil

By Simon Perry, Sourcing Manager for Sustainable Palm Oil, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group

In the past, we’ve told you about Johnson & Johnson’s support of sustainable palm oil, like this blog post about our connection to a program at the Philadelphia Zoo. Although we are very small users overall of palm oil (less than 0.2% of the estimated 50 million tons produced a year) we take our responsibility to protect the environment and our natural resources very seriously. Now, we’re pleased to share with you the latest milestone in our journey to source palm oil sustainably, this time from another part of the world—Thailand.

As the Sourcing Manager for Sustainable Palm Oil within the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Family of Companies, I take pride in helping to drive our organization toward our commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. So it was with great enthusiasm that I recently witnessed an important milestone in this journey, involving a group of 412 independent palm oil farmers in Thailand.

These farmers have been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which means that they now meet the RSPO standards for sustainable palm oil planting and production. They’re able to realize better prices from the mills, produce more and also improve the quality of the fruit by employing better agricultural management practices.

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