August 4th, 2011
Yesterday, we commemorated the 125th anniversary of Johnson & Johnson with a celebration for employees at our World Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Many of our operating companies around the world are marking this milestone anniversary in a variety of ways, and some are also celebrating their own operating company anniversaries this year in conjunction with the Company’s 125th.
In 1886, three brothers – Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson — founded Johnson & Johnson to meet a huge unmet need in healthcare and society: the first large-scale mass produced sterile surgical dressings and sterile sutures to make surgery sterile and save lives in hospitals. Today, a century and a quarter later, the world is a much more high-tech place, with smart phones, social media and health care technology that would have been unimaginable to our founders. And today, that little startup that began in a four-story former wallpaper factory in New Brunswick s a worldwide organization with approximately 116,000 employees at more than 250 operating companies in 60 countries. But one thing hasn’t changed in 125 years: finding innovative ways to meet unmet needs for patients, consumers and the community across the world.
Here are a few photos from our employee celebration yesterday: