February 3rd, 2014

Doing Good in the Neighborhood

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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

Name: Sandra Snook

Position/J&J Company: Senior Director, Discovery Sciences at Janssen R&D

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Sandra Snook, Senior Scientific Director for Janssen R&D, volunteers with Ethiopia Reads to support literacy programs in Ethiopia, where illiteracy is still over 50%.  In addition, Sandy and a team of colleagues run the Baker Elementary School Shoe Drive, collecting and donating more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for every child at the San Diego-based school.  On her motivation and inspiration to volunteer, Sandy says, “I firmly believe in the concept that we are our brothers’ keepers.  We should help out when we see a need that we can address.  Every day I do something to help elevate another person, be it getting them the first pair of new shoes they ever owned or driving a literacy programs in Ethiopia, I feel like I have done a good day’s work.”

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January 23rd, 2014

Health and Healing for a Furry Friend

At Johnson & Johnson, we often talk about “caring for the world one person at a time.”  But we’ve not often talked about how our caring extends to our four-legged friends.  Our DePuy Synthes Vet Division often goes beyond the call of duty to assist organizations around the country – and around the world for that matter – bring health and healing to domestic and wild animals with traumatic injury.

We’re happy to share a recent example featuring Tocho, an adult mountain lion at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, who had reinjured a previously fractured rear right leg.  DePuy Synthes personnel supported veterinary surgeons from Colorado State University in providing bone plates and expertise to ensure that the surgical implants would be appropriate for the lion’s injury, weight requirements, and removal and reintegration into the pride.

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Read more about Tocho’s experience on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook page.

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Photo from “In Between The Spots”, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s blog

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January 22nd, 2014

Announcing Janssen Global Public Health

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

As a company, and as global citizens, we have a responsibility to create new approaches, test new solutions, and collaborate with the best minds to help address today’s greatest public health challenges.  At the heart of this commitment are the people we serve – those in need of new and improved health solutions, and those working diligently at the front-line to provide healthcare.

Today, we are very pleased to publicly announce a new and exciting step in Janssen’s commitment – the formation of the Janssen Global Public Health (Janssen GPH) group dedicated to sustainably advancing global public health worldwide. Our family of companies has a longstanding commitment to support comprehensive efforts toward strengthening the health of communities, improving maternal and child health, and preventing the spread of infectious and preventable diseases worldwide through vaccination. Janssen GPH is the next step in Janssen’s and Johnson & Johnson’s response to the world’s global public health challenges.

The vision for Janssen GPH is simple: improve global healthcare by harnessing the power of our health innovations to transform the lives of more people in more places, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay.

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January 17th, 2014

Update on milestone in formulation of our baby products

Editor’s note:  Below is a letter to our customers from Zephanie Jordan, Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs with our Consumer team, which provides context for the current news about a major milestone in our commitment to meet your expectations in the formulation of our baby products.

 

Dear Customer,

In 2011, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies started on a journey to enhance our products based on your suggestions. Today, we’re pleased to let you know that we have met our commitment to remove formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and reduce traces of 1,4 dioxane from all of our baby products, everywhere around the world.

We’ve been listening to you, and that’s why we’ve made a public pledge to reduce or eliminate certain ingredients in our baby and beauty products worldwide. We want our beauty and baby care products to reflect your current and future needs, so you will always have complete peace of mind when you bring them into your home.

Over one billion people trust the quality and safety of our products, and maintaining this trust is of paramount importance to us. Every one of our products on the market today is safe and effective when used as directed, and either meets or exceeds government standards, as well as stringent regulations globally, including N.A.

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January 15th, 2014

What It Means to Lead: Reflections from NAFE Ceremony honoring Sandi Peterson

Last month, NAFE honored Johnson & Johnson’s Sandi Peterson as its 2013 Woman of the Year.  We invited two employees, both members of our Women’s Leadership Initiative, to attend the awards ceremony and share their thoughts with us.

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I was so proud to have a seat at the table with such amazing leaders!  The stories that all of the NAFE winners told were inspirational and it’s remarkable to me how much they have accomplished in their careers.  I realized how human each of them are, which made them seem so authentic and even more impressive as leaders.

One idea that stood out to me is that we should not classify ourselves in a different category as “female leaders.”  Our mission as women in the corporate world should be to get rid of those differentiators and have people ask us questions about our career and success, rather than just our roles as women and moms.  I also learned that being a role model is more important than being a sponsor or a mentor.  A role model is someone you aspire to be, and you strive to emulate their actions and decisions.  That idea changed the way I think about mentoring.

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January 13th, 2014

Doing Good in the Neighborhood

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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

Name: Tricia Haertlin

Position/J&J Company: Senior Administrative Associate for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Tricia Haertlin, Senior Administrative Associate at Janssen, works with Operation Quiet Comfort to recycle used jeans and transform them into quilts covered in messages from home for wounded U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.  “Connecting with others is SUCH a good thing in our lives. I would hope to encourage people to find a project they like and jump in at some level.  Typically one thing can lead to another and pretty soon you will have something to do… somewhere to go… people to care about… and a much fuller life.”

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January 13th, 2014

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

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 and fitness, especially with our employees.  We’re kicking off the New Year with a two-part series on how J&J helps its employees engage in healthy behavior at our Headquarters offices in New Brunswick, NJ.  First, we’ll talk food and how our cafeterias and wellness employees make it easy for employees to eat healthy at work.   Second, we’ll check out the employee fitness centers to see how our wellness professionals keep employees moving throughout the day.  So, no matter what resolutions you set for yourself, we hope this series inspires you to make small steps toward a healthier New Year.

Part I: Cafeteria/Nutrition

Laura-CollettiFirst, I sat down with the woman behind it all – Head Executive Chef at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, Laura Colletti, to talk about what goes into creating the menus for one of the largest J&J cafeterias in the world.

Johnson & Johnson is known as a company that has a health and wellness-centered culture. How does that translate when you create the menus?

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January 9th, 2014

Make Every Minute Count with Johnson & Johnson’s Official 7 Minute Workout App

by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

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A new year. It’s a time that often makes us think of new beginnings. However, I’ve learned through my work at the Human Performance Institute (HPI) that a new beginning is possible any day—every day—of the year. At HPI we work with individuals who are interested in changing their lives for the better, performing at higher levels, and being more fully engaged with their lives.

Today, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App is being released. I’m proud to have been a part of its making. In creating the 7 Minute Workout, I had simplicity in mind and the app captures that essence perfectly. It is also an excellent way to engage with your health on a regular basis. Taking time to move your body can also help you focus your mind.

Daily demands can take their toll on your energy—physically, emotionally, and mentally. This fatigue can result in disengagement with the things that matter most to you, becoming disconnected with work, family, friends, health and your own sense of well being. At HPI, this is something that we think about all the time.

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January 6th, 2014

A Bright New Life: Saving Smiles with Operation Smile

by Sheri Woodruff, Vice President, Communications
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Photo Credit: Operation Smile Photo – Jessica Lifland

I had the honor several weeks ago to accompany four of my amazing Johnson & Johnson colleagues from the Ethicon business as volunteers on an Operation Smile mission in Paraguay.  Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that works in more than 60 countries to provide free, safe reconstructive surgery for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

As volunteers, we performed a variety of tasks aimed at making the mission a little more efficient and fun for everyone.  My favorite jobs were playing with children in the waiting room and helping out in recovery.  These were the times when I got to connect most closely with the children and felt like I could help to make them more comfortable.

I was in the waiting room early one morning, tossing an inflated beach ball back and forth with several of the day’s patients, when a tiny dark-eyed girl was carried in by her mother.  Dad trailed closely behind, smiling shyly.  Once her mother lowered her to the floor, the little girl flashed me a devilish grin and flicked a tiny hand in the air to intercept the bouncing beach ball.  I laughed and she giggled and we played together with her parents on the brightly-painted floor of the waiting room.  She had a sweet smile and I could see that she previously had surgery for a cleft lip – now beautifully healed.

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January 6th, 2014

Doing Good in the Neighborhood

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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.  Happy and Healthy New Year, from Johnson & Johnson.

“Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship…”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949

Name: Madeline Lu

Position/J&J Company: IT Analyst, Project Management in the Application Services group

Madeline Lu, IT Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, is a volunteer firefighter at Kendall Park Fire Company and the Princeton Fire Department, New Jersey.  Madeline’s service as a volunteer firefighter taught her the importance of teamwork and creative thinking in urgent situations, while breaking the stereotype that firefighters are only big, strong men.  “I’ve always believed in the importance of being thankful for what you have and giving back to the community wherever possible. Many communities rely on volunteer first responders to provide services in medical and fire emergencies, and it’s comforting to know that when you dial 911, it could very well be your neighbor who literally comes to your rescue.”

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