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July 7th, 2014

Why I Raced to Brazil

By Peter Monk, Senior Account Manager, Janssen Immunology UK

My great passion is football — and helping those less fortunate than myself.

Despite my obvious physical disability in only having one arm, I consider myself lucky.  I do not live in poverty or have cancer, and I want to help people as an employee of Johnson & Johnson, but also through my personal contribution as an individual.

Volunteering and being able to give back to others really matters to me because we can touch people’s lives by making a difference, however big or small. That is why I was proud to stand along my UK colleagues and get involved in the Race to Brazil – our UK corporate company-wide, event to collectively cover 5,462 miles (the distance from London to Brasilia) on June 26. The goal was to use various sporting activities to raise more than $100,000 (£60,000 ) for our partner, Save the Children, and our local UK site charities. We are still collecting the miles, hours and money raised, but early results show that we smashed our targets!

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Yet Race to Brazil was not just about the miles. UK employees were also asked to volunteer at least one hour to a charitable cause during June – Johnson & Johnson’s Global Care Month – to reach 5,462 hours of total volunteer time.

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July 3rd, 2014

Sustainability and Health: How Our Environmental Stewardship Helps Create Healthier Lives

By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen EMEA and Executive Sponsor, Janssen Sustainability Council

I see a strong relationship between a healthy environment and human health — it is something I think about often both at home and in my work.

Protecting the environment for future generations is something that I am personally passionate about, and in my day-to-day life, I’ve made many small changes – from increasing recycling to turning down the heating and switching to a smaller, more fuel-efficient car.

At work, I’ve collaborated with our UK facilities and fleet teams to reduce waste and cut down our fleet CO2 emissions. Several years ago, as I became interested in carbon footprinting, we started a project with one of our products that eventually led to collaboration with the Carbon Trust, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a number of pharmaceutical companies. The result was the development of a new carbon footprint tool for pharmaceutical products.

I believe this commitment to responsibility and environmental stewardship is fundamentally aligned with our principles at Janssen. It’s only natural that a company that spends billions of dollars on research to improve human health would embrace citizenship and sustainability. And sustainability is rooted in our Johnson & Johnson heritage, written into Our Credo:

We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes.

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June 26th, 2014

A Johnson & Johnson Working Mom Meets President Obama

By Laura Donovan, Manager, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

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Lisa with President Obama at lunch in Washington, D.C. Photo by Getty Images.

Lisa Rumain has a few tips for going out to lunch with the President of the United States: Wear comfortable shoes (she didn’t); order what he’s having (she did); savor every minute (she absolutely did).

Earlier this week Lisa, a Total Rewards Manager for Johnson & Johnson based at World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, got the surprise of her life when she found out she would be having lunch with President Obama in Washington, D.C.

“I had a fantastic time,” Lisa says. “It really was a once in a lifetime experience.”

The mom of three was in the nation’s capital representing Johnson & Johnson at the White House Summit on Working Families.  Organizers of the Summit selected Lisa after learning about how instrumental Johnson & Johnson is in helping her balance work and family. After the premature birth of her twin girls seven years ago, and with a young son already at home, Lisa thought her career might be over. On returning from maternity leave however, the company worked with Lisa, offering a flexible, part-time schedule that she maintains today.

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June 24th, 2014

@BIO: Johnson & Johnson Making Connections to Improve Global Health

@BioBlogPost-560pxThis week, Johnson & Johnson is proud to once again take a prominent position participating in the BIO International Convention.  The annual meeting brings together colleagues from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers who like many of the  start-ups, academics, entrepreneurs, and industry and regulatory experts who attend, look forward to connecting with a noble purpose of collaborating and driving the future of healthcare.

As evidenced by our video that introduced the keynote speaker this year, Sir Richard Branson, we are propelled by the possibility of taking on urgent challenges, embracing collaboration and breaking through boundaries to shift treatment paradigms.

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June 12th, 2014

Changing the Game: Johnson & Johnson Inspires Care as the Official Healthcare Sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

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With its unique ability to unite people of all cultures, ages and socioeconomic levels, the FIFA World Cup™ provides Johnson & Johnson with an unprecedented opportunity to reach a global audience and ignite a movement of caring. Paired with our sponsorship, our company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign inspires others to engage in caring activities and celebrates selfless acts of care – big and small – with the goal of making the world a more caring place. Here’s a look at what we have been doing around our sponsorship to inspire care in the weeks and months leading up to the FIFA World Cup™:

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The Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) traveled across Brazil recently, encouraging individuals to celebrate care, educating communities on the importance of blood donations and showcasing how Johnson & Johnson is working in support of a government policy to improve the human aspect of medical care at public hospitals in six host cities.

Tour do Carinho is one of the largest blood donation campaigns Brazil has ever seen. We have exceeded our goal of collecting more than 20,000 bags of blood – a total which could result in saving up to 80,000 lives! Donations were made at blood centers in the 12 host cities and in the Johnson & Johnson Care Bus, which has toured the host cities to collect additional blood donations.

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June 9th, 2014

Champions of Care: Honoring Those Who Give Back

“We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work – and to the world community as well.” – Our Credo

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This month all eyes turn toward Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, where incredibly talented athletes are gathering for one of the most iconic sporting competitions in the world. Games will be played and goals will be scored. Flags will wave and crowds will cheer. By the end of it all, heroes will emerge, as one team is crowned the champion.

We’ll be watching along with the rest of the world, but at Johnson & Johnson we’re celebrating another type of champion too – the unsung heroes whose acts of care inspire others.

Our Credo guides the work of more than 128,000 Johnson & Johnson employees across the globe, calling on each person to build upon our 125+ year history of caring for the world, one person at a time. It directs us to give back to our communities, and our employees rise to the challenge, dedicating their time and effort to enrich the lives of others. They are inspiring examples of what it means to give back.

This year, through Champions of Care, we’re shining a spotlight on employees who selflessly perform acts of care.

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June 4th, 2014

Business Model Innovation Leads to Calculated Risk and Success

By Manoj Raghunandanan, Senior Global Director of Emerging Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

I’ll never forget that feeling – the team and I sat waiting at the entrance to the new EYE DEFINE STUDIO by ACUVUE® in early February at 5 p.m., silent.  We all shared the same thought: “What if we built this and no one comes?”

Finding new ways to connect with our consumers is never as easy as it seems, and when you consider the beauty contact lens category that is even truer. Our beauty enhancement product, 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses, had been available in South Korea since 2004.  So when we found ourselves in a situation where our ability to reach people had stalled in South Korea, we knew we needed to find another way.

We asked ourselves: “Could Business Model Innovation (BMI) help to stimulate growth?”  BMI has been a buzz word in the industry for quite some time. We knew the only way to truly learn was to get out of the building and actually do something.  So we set out to create the perfect test pilot. It started with a very simple mission:  Let’s get to know our consumer in ways we never have before.

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May 30th, 2014

Building Homes, Building Dreams with Habitat for Humanity

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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
 

By Alan Rae, Vice President, New Business Development, Ethicon

Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are. Whether it’s our health, our families, our children, or the fact that we work for one of the top companies in the world, most of us have more reasons to be thankful than not. It’s that feeling of good fortune that causes many people to want to share their blessings.

At Johnson & Johnson, Our Credo states that “we are responsible to the communities in which we live and work” – helping others less fortunate than ourselves. As part of our local community outreach in Cincinnati, Ethicon has partnered for the last several years with our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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May 28th, 2014

Empowering Women and Promoting Action for Women’s Health

Editor’s note: In 2010, Johnson & Johnson pledged to support Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 with a comprehensive, five-year Commitment to reach as many as 120 million women and children a year by 2015. This pledge reflects a shared vision of a world in which women are healthy and children live to reach their full potential. As a global health care company, our Commitment focuses on five areas where we have developed strong, innovative partnerships – and the potential to foster the greatest improvements in maternal and child health.

By Jens Van Roey, M.D., Director of Clinical Development at Janssen, and Scientific Advisory Board Member of the International Partnership for Microbicides

Today is International Day of Action for Women’s Health, which celebrates the work of women’s health advocates around the world to improve their communities and the lives of women and girls. The international community is being called upon to ensure a holistic and inclusive approach to women and girls’ health as the global health community moves beyond 2015, the target date set for achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This is a very personal and important issue for me since being exposed to the problem.

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May 23rd, 2014

An Ethicon Donation That Improves Access to Much-needed Surgery

By Denis Robson, Director, African Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Medical UK

Today marks the first anniversary of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, announced last year by the United Nations. And while there are many “days” to help the global health and development communities raise awareness about pressing challenges, fistula holds a special significance.

Two decades ago, a surgeon in Ethiopia, Dr. Catherine Hamlin, made an appeal for absorbable sutures for use in surgeries to repair obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that causes uncontrollable leaking of feces or urine. Women suffering from fistula are often shunned by their husbands and communities, and forced to live in isolation.

Sheila Rinning, who worked in the export department in Edinburgh, Scotland for Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, responded to Dr. Hamlin’s call. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of a partnership that has lasted nearly two decades, and led to thousands of life-saving surgeries for women in need.

Following Dr. Hamlin’s appeal, Sheila devoted time each month to prepare four separate packages containing absorbable and silk sutures for use in fistula surgeries. Why separate? The postal service couldn’t reliably deliver the package to their destination in Ethiopia – so four packages were sent separately, with the hope that at least one would make it to the destination in Addis Ababa.

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