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July 12th, 2013

The Question of Charitable Giving

by Devon Eyer, Director, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

Michael Bzdak, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, asked the question: “Is it better to give with your heart or with your head?” in a recent piece published by The Council on Foundations. We think you’ll find it to be a fascinating look at the two sides of giving, along with why and how both are important. You can read Michael’s perspective here.

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June 27th, 2013

My First “Tri” to “Do Good, Be Well” at the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon

By Kristen Prazenica, Global Fellow, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

Growing up, I was the girl that attempted every sport at least once. Not tall enough for basketball or graceful enough for ballet, I quickly found the world of distance running my place to call “home.” Through cross country, I was introduced to the feelings of being a part of a team. My teammates and I ran together and motivated one other, but we also gave back to the community as a team. Little did I know these passions would intertwine to create one of the most impactful team efforts I’d ever have the opportunity to be a part of.

I’m currently completing a graduate fellowship at Johnson & Johnson in Corporate Communications, where I was first introduced to the concept of, “Do Good, Be Well”. Led by our CEO, Alex Gorsky, ” Do Good, Be Well” encourages employees to compete in fitness-related fundraising events as Johnson & Johnson teams to help those in need, while improving personal health and wellness. This concept immediately resonated with me, and when I heard about the Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, I knew it was the perfect way for me to get involved.

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June 24th, 2013

Why We Sponsor Good Science Writing

by Seema Kumar, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, Johnson & Johnson

It’s simple: We need good science communicators as much as we need good science. Without reliable information—the explanation of fact, the exposure of challenges—science and the solutions it brings us could not exist. Productive inquiry would run dry. Frontiers would ebb.

Our company depends on people who can communicate hard science in lucid language, from the laboratory bench right through to those who engage directly with doctors. We depend on them to get the science right, to check sources, interpret and clarify. Their counsel helps guide our behaviour: promoting sound policies and sparking new discoveries. They bring ideas to life, inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine in a world that demands educated, informed decision makers. We, Johnson & Johnson and the public, could not effectively govern ourselves or make progress for the benefit of the doctors, nurses, patients and customers we serve otherwise.

When Dr. Paul Janssen, our pharmaceutical company’s namesake, was alive and still heading our research and development operations, he would make a daily circuit around the labs asking each researcher his celebrated catch-phrase-cum-call to action, “What’s new?” Connecting ideas (in his head) and people (in his labs), Dr.

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May 22nd, 2013

A Legacy of Caring

By Conrad Person, Director, Corporate Contributions

People often ask me why Johnson & Johnson is so deeply engaged with obstetric fistula. My answer is that the health and well-being of moms and babies is the essence of our company, and we would therefore care for the women who suffer personal tragedy in giving birth. I never fail to speak of Our Credo which charges us to “support good works and charities.” While this is all true, the whole story of our involvement with obstetric fistula is a great deal more personal than that. It started because one man earnestly wanted to do one good thing.

While Johnson & Johnson’s operating companies have supported those with obstetric fistula for two decades, it wasn’t until Axel Velden, a retired Johnson & Johnson executive who once had charge of the company’s export business, contacted me that our commitment at the corporate level began. I had never met Axel, but he was well known and universally respected, so when he called me one busy spring morning, I interrupted my task to listen.

Axel told me that he’d learned of a surplus of incontinence pads that a subsidiary was preparing to destroy. “Conrad, you can’t let the pads be destroyed.

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May 21st, 2013

Congratulations to the Class of 2013

By: Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson

Alex Gorsky Wharton

During this month, thousands of students will accomplish an important academic milestone: the college graduation. I recently had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the 2013 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Executive MBA program. It was a homecoming for me because 17 years ago I was one of those graduates. In the years since, I’ve learned a few lessons I’d like to share with you as you begin to mold your own life plans.

Change will be the only consistency you encounter:

  • Change has always been ubiquitous. The pace of change has hastened, though. It affects almost every country and every marketplace around the world. Your education has prepared you to not only survive these constantly shifting global environments but also thrive in them. As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Be responsive. Keep learning. Your academic education may be complete, for now, but your life education is just beginning.

Continually innovate your career:

  • The word innovation is something you hear all the time today. To me, innovation isn’t just about coming up with the next miracle drug or relevant and different consumer product, it’s about using innovation in everything we do and every relationship we establish.

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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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