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October 1st, 2013

LATISM 2013: Caring for the world starts with caring for YOU

By Susan Rucci, Manager, Corporate Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson was delighted to once again partner with our friends at LATISM for its annual conference which recently took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.  LATISM is the largest organization for Latinos and Latinas engaged in social media.  Its mission is all about empowerment—helping moms, dads and communities take action around issues like education, business, technology and health.  That last one clearly resonates with us.   We believe good health is the foundation upon which a vibrant life is built.   That’s why we chose the theme ‘Caring for the world starts with caring for YOU’ for our suite and keynote panel discussion.

Our suite highlighted Johnson & Johnson programs that use social media for social good like Donate A Photo and text4baby™. Visitors also had the opportunity to add a ribbon to our Caring Wall with a personalized message about who inspires them to care.

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September 11th, 2013

Supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run

by Michael Fallon, Customer Business Manager, Military Sales, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products

Here in the United States as we mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001, we are paying special tribute to the men and women who serve our country, and those who serve as first responders.  In honoring the many contributions and sacrifices of these heroes, who play such a critical role in our communities, my colleagues and I in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies are proud to help sponsor the Travis Manion Foundation’s 9/11 Heroes Run, which is taking place at a host of locations across the U.S.


The Travis Manion Foundation was founded by a mother shortly after losing her son, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, in Iraq on Apr. 29, 2007.  Inspired by the last words her son spoke before leaving for his deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…,” Travis’ mother, Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation with the goal of honoring the fallen by challenging the living to live by her son’s motto, and providing help for the families of other fallen service members.  After Janet Manion’s passing in 2012, the Travis Manion Foundation staff continues her tireless work in assisting members of the military community, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their communities.

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August 28th, 2013

In Unity, There Is Power

by Anthony Carter, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer,  Johnson & Johnson

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic I Have A Dream speech. We’re adding the voice of one of our own to the conversation.

I am a husband.

I am a father.

I am a community servant.

I am a professor.

I am a coach.

I am a writer.

I am a public speaker.

I am a business leader.

By now, you’ve probably made some assumptions about me: who I am, what I look like, how I might behave.

But no one looks like their story.

I am the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson.

I am African-American.

The path to my position here at Johnson & Johnson first took root in the Civil Rights Era. It was a tiny seed, planted fifty years ago, with the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech as its backdrop.

I was just a little boy from the South Bronx, walking to school one day.

A Latino classmate ran up to me and said, “The President just passed the civil rights bill.” I said, “What is that?”

I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know.

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August 8th, 2013

Kairos Summit 2013: Top student venture already seeing success

By Susan Rucci, Manager, Corporate Social Media & Nicole Boczon, College Intern, Corporate Communication

At Johnson & Johnson, we love to hear good news, especially when that news has the potential to improve healthcare outcomes. Recently, we were contacted by our friends at the Kairos Society, a non-profit organization created to connect the world’s top student entrepreneurs to industry leading thought leaders, all in an effort to tackle society’s biggest unmet needs. Johnson & Johnson partnered with the Kairos Society in February to sponsor its fifth annual summit, which focused this year on mobile healthcare and opportunities to create new solutions for early detection and rapid response.

July 29th, 2013

Cooperativa Futura: A Voice for the Future

By Paulette Frank, Vice President, Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is proud to support Project Phoenix, an initiative that helps recycling cooperatives in Brazil to improve their operational processes, document their policies and develop a stronger social infrastructure. The end result is that the cooperatives become more attractive business partners—meaning an increased market for their recycled goods and improved living and safety standards for the people who work there.

Project Phoenix is modeled on SA8000, a global social accountability standard for ethical working conditions that was developed by Social Accountability International. The standard is based on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and various international labor organization conventions. It includes nine basic principles, such as documented policies on child labor, discrimination, and health and safety.

With support from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Brazil’s Futura cooperative has recently become the first cooperative in the world to receive SA8000 certification—transforming lives in the process. Read more about this incredible journey, and the impact it has had on workers’ lives, in a blog post from Paulette Frank, Vice President of Sustainability for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

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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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