April 24th, 2014

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

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

Annual Shareholders Meeting

April 24th 2014 – Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 126th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, NJ.

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 89.8 to 99.6 percent of the votes cast.  Alex Gorsky (Chairman/CEO) received the support of 97.2 percent.  A full list of our Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the investor.jnj.com 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 2014 Proxy Statement with the support of 96.3 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 fiscal 2014 with the support of 98.8 percent of the votes cast.

4) Shareholder Proposal – Executives to Retain Significant Stock: This proposal, made by Mr.

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April 18th, 2014

Doing Good in the Neighborhood


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: Reed Jaboro

Position and J&J Company: Sales Representative for Ethicon Surgical Care

Reed Jaboro

Reed Jaboro, Sales Representative for Ethicon Surgical Care, along with his son Andrew (above), volunteers for the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol in Spokane, Washington.  He decided to volunteer in order to learn valuable first-aid skills and has had numerous opportunities to put them to good use, both on and off the mountain.  “In fact, I used those skills this winter after a 71-year old woman fell on the ice and injured her head and neck.  We are taught to assess patients and provide first aid until patients can reach a higher level of care.   An additional benefit to the program was getting to spend an enormous amount of time with my son.”

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April 16th, 2014

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

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, especially with our employees.  Around the world, J&J employees have access to a variety of health-related resources.  Global Health Services or as we know it, Live for Life, includes access to occupational health nurses or physicians providing screenings and heath related services, Employee Assistance Professionals who support healthy emotional and mental well-being, and Wellness and Fitness Services to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as good nutrition and physical activity.  

We kicked off 2014 with part one of our two-part series, where we learned how the Chefs at J&J make it easy and exciting to eat healthier food.  Now, for the second part of the series, we’ll find out how we strive to keep employees physically active.  We hope this series inspires you to use available resources and make small changes toward a healthier you!


Part II: Physical Activity

To find out what we are doing for employees around the world when it comes to physical activity, I caught up with Deb Gorhan, Manager of Wellness and Health Promotion for the Americas.

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April 15th, 2014

PFLAG Honors J&J Commitment to LGBT People in the Workplace

by R. Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies

Last week an event several years in the making took place in New York City that is cause for celebration for my Johnson & Johnson colleagues.

On behalf of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, our Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky accepted the Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award from PFLAG, the largest grassroots-based family organization providing support, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies (nearly 200,000 members across 350 communities across the U.S. and abroad).

Alex Gorsky PFLAG

This award honors Johnson & Johnson for our demonstrated commitment to achieving equality for LGBT people in the workplace by educating and engaging straight allies in creating both policy and culture change.  Specifically, the organization recognized the success of Care with PRIDE™, an initiative to prevent bullying and make schools safer for all children, now celebrating its third year.

We are particularly proud of this honor because it is a testament to the commitment we make to Our Credo values, which call on us to respect all employees, and to serve the communities in which we live and work.

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April 14th, 2014

Digitizing Nostalgia: Behind The Scenes Of BAND-AID® Brand’s “Stuck On Me” Jingle Contest

by Devon Eyer, Corporate Communications, Social Media at Johnson & Johnson

Editor’s Note: Today, BAND-AID® Brand kicks off its second annual “Stuck On Me” jingle contest in the United States.  We caught up with Michael Park, Assistant Brand Manager of BAND-AID® Brand, to learn more about what it’s like to give a nostalgic piece of J&J history a digital twist.


BlogJNJ:  Tell us about the origins of the BAND-AID® Brand “Stuck On Me” jingle contest.

Michael Park:  The iconic “Stuck On Me” jingle dates back 39 years, when Barry Manilow first created and sang it. Last year, the BAND-AID® Brand marketing team brought the jingle back in a new sing-along contest that helps our fans re-live the nostalgia in a very modern way.  I’m excited to be leading this year’s contest and we’re celebrating the start of the submission period, which begins today!

BlogJNJ: Why did BAND-AID® Brand decide to run the contest for a second year?

Michael Park:  The 2013 contest was a huge success. We received so many great video submissions, and it was amazing to see our fans breathe new life into the Stuck On Me jingle. Their creativity and excitement inspired us to run the contest again – with some changes!

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April 10th, 2014

2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award Acceptance – Alex Gorsky

Editor’s Note:  On April 10, PFLAG honored Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies with its 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award.  Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky attended the Straight for Equality Gala  in New York and accepted the award.  You can read his remarks below.

by Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson

On behalf of the 128,000 men and women of Johnson & Johnson I am proud to accept the 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace award given by PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 

For over 40 years, PFLAG has been at the forefront of fighting for equality and inclusion, values we believe in deeply at Johnson & Johnson.

Personally, I’m very proud of this as recognition that we are living up to our Credo, a document and the set of beliefs that have acted as a moral GPS system for this organization for over 70 years.

Our Credo defines our responsibility to doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, consumers, suppliers, shareholders, communities and our employees. Our Credo says of employees, “everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit.” I know that these beliefs attracted most of us to this Company and unite all of us in our work every day.

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April 4th, 2014

DePuy Synthes Gets Its Boots On!

DePuy Synthes Boot Campaign

Leadership team: from left: I.V. Hall, WW President, Trauma; Michel Orsinger, WW Chairman, DePuy Synthes Companies; Ken Carpenter, V.P. of U.S. Sales, North Region; Dave Urbahns, V.P. WW Marketing Trauma

Earlier this year, the DePuy Synthes Trauma team gathered in San Antonio, TX for its National Sales Meeting. As part of the meeting, sales consultants had the opportunity to support a charitable cause that originated in Texas, the Boot Campaign, and give back to the local community.

The Boot Campaign encourages action through its tagline, “Get Your Boots On”. The idea is simple: buy a pair of Army-style boots to wear and show your support for veterans nationwide. Proceeds from boots fund various programs offered by the organization, such as mortgage-free homes for returning soldiers, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling, or assistance for a military widow or widower.

The Boot Campaign became part of the week-long meeting – not only through a booth where attendees could try on boots and talk with campaign representatives, but also through the team’s leadership, who sported the boots at each session and reminded attendees that they too could get involved.  Attendees were seen wearing their new boots throughout the conference events — even to the formal dinner!

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April 1st, 2014

Taking the Neglect Out of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels will be participating in the “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): A Conversation on Progress” meeting in Paris on April 2-3.   

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

Someone once told me a story about a young boy living in a severely underdeveloped village in Africa. He couldn’t have been older than nine. But, within his immediate family, he was the only one who could see. I asked my colleague why this was – was it something genetic? “No,” my colleague replied, “Parasites.”

The boy’s family had all contracted onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness. This debilitating disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and puts over 120 million people at risk. At least 18 million are infected, leading to 750,000 cases of impaired vision and, in extreme cases, blindness.

River blindness is just one of 17 conditions referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Collectively, NTDs affect more than a billion people worldwide, most of which live in resource-poor areas.  But the growing need to combat NTDs has not been matched with resources and attention from the global health community.

But, we aim to change that.

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March 31st, 2014

Janssen Incubator: Focused on Driving Innovation in Promising New Areas

by Rob Willenbucher, M.D., Head, Janssen Incubator, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Janssen Research & Development created an internal incubator program, known as the Janssen Incubator, which has been established to identify and nurture highly innovative ideas arising from our scientific community in areas of potentially disruptive, cutting-edge research, which may lead to novel platforms, products or technologies.  Venture teams are created under an entrepreneurial operating model and strive to incubate and deliver high-value opportunities through internal and external networks and collaborations.  These venture teams are focused on new spaces, or areas outside of the current Janssen disease focus areas, and are staffed and led by a group of our incredibly talented scientists.  I am proud to lead the Janssen Incubator and to coach and support a highly motivated group of venture leaders.

To date, the Janssen Incubator has invested in six ventures, including a team focused on the development of a system of tools and technologies that may ultimately address symptoms of autism and investigate new medicines to treat autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a collection of diseases for which therapeutic unmet needs remain high.

The Autism Knowledge Engine

Known as the Autism Knowledge Engine, this first-of-its-kind, digital, integrated system is designed to facilitate research and clinical trials for the development of novel medicines, which may ultimately help patients living with ASD. 

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March 24th, 2014

World TB Day: Be inspired and join us and others in the fight against TB


Editor’s Note: This post appeared on our blog on March 24, 2014 and was subsequently removed and reposted.  It has been edited from its original version to clarify some points and remove an associated video.  

Today, March 24, marks World TB Day.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most deadly diseases.  While many countries have effective TB programs in place, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a particularly complicated form of TB characterized by resistance to at least two of the standard four-drug anti-TB medicines, is on the rise in many parts of the world.

Progress towards targets for diagnosis and treatment of MDR-TB are far off track. Worldwide, and in most countries with a high burden of MDR-TB, less than 25 percent of the people estimated to have MDR-TB were detected in 2012.  An estimated 170,000 people die from MDR-TB globally each year, and the WHO estimates more than two million people will develop MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015.

To change this reality the world should explore new prevention and treatment tools, improved detection and treatment programs, and the prioritization of the disease by public health authorities everywhere. Countries with a high burden of MDR-TB should recognize it as a public health crisis and address it as an emergency.

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