February 14th, 2014

Business-Education Partnerships: Johnson & Johnson Helps to Change the Landscape

by Michael Bzdak, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Too many students, more than 1.2 million, drop out of school every year in the United States alone and increasing numbers of young people are unemployed globally. Sadly, of the 13 million children growing up in poverty today, only 1 in 10 will graduate from college.  There is evidence that the private sector can do to help with filling the academic and skill gaps that hinder our young people from succeeding in high school.  Business volunteers in communities around the world inspire students to set career goals; they guide young people in building their confidence through mentorship and project-based learning. The business community and the education community need each other now more than ever but the collaboration between schools and businesses is not always happening at a necessary scale.

I had the pleasure of participating in a regional business-education conference in Fresno, California recently, and walked away with renewed optimism and a few important learnings. First, business-education partnerships are two-way and, when successful, engage all stakeholders including parents and students. Second, to be successful, we have learned that business-education partnerships must have clearly articulated goals and a means of measuring progress including outputs and outcomes. 

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February 13th, 2014

Going Beyond Borders

by Kim Keller, Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions

One of the core values of Our Credo is caring for the communities where we live and work, and the world community as well.  It’s a commitment we take very seriously, and one of the ways Johnson & Johnson fulfils our responsibility is by partnering with hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to advance the health of communities locally and around the world. From direct product donations to employee volunteer opportunities to strategic collaborations on philanthropic programs large and small,  our work together is making life-changing, long-term differences in the health of people and families around the world.  In fact, through contributions of about $1B in products and cash we supported 500+ community programs in more than 60 countries in 2013.

The Worldwide Corporate Contributions is focused on three areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children, preventing disease among the most vulnerable, and strengthening the health care workforce. Our NGO partners, many with which we have worked for years, are doing amazing things. Learn more here.

At the end of 2013, two Johnson & Johnson leaders from our Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) group took on new adventures assisting communities far from home. 

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February 11th, 2014

Reaching New Heights and Tackling New Terrain

by John Crisan, Chief Compliance Officer, Johnson & Johnson


As I jumped down from a helicopter perched somewhat precariously on the ridge of an almost 14,000- foot peak in the Rockies, gasping for breath given the thin atmosphere (and stunning views), the primary thought going through my head was what in the world am I doing here?  Was it too late to turn back?

I then reminded myself that helicopter skiing was one of my long-time personal stretch goals, and I had taken advantage of being out in the western U.S. with my family this past holiday season where it was offered in a remote corner of Colorado.  Despite the reminder, many doubts quickly cropped up when I first boarded the helicopter.  Were my legs up to the steep back-country terrain?  Could I keep up with my two sons?  Would I succumb to the thin air?  Does avalanche protection gear actually work?  Just how precise will the pilot be as he flies perilously close to the jagged peaks?

These doubts were a good reminder that stretch goals aren’t always easy and sometimes you have to wait for an opportunity to execute on them. When that opportunity does arise, doubts can quickly come into play, causing you to hesitate about executing on the goal.

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February 3rd, 2014

Johnson & Johnson supports military veterans and their families returning to work

by Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson

With more than 21-million military veterans living in the United States today and more than a million more expected to return home over the next several years, this is an important chapter in American history.

Caring for the communities in which we live and work is core to us at Johnson & Johnson, and supporting the health and wellness of veterans and their families is one of the ways we’re living up to the promise made in Our Credo.

Look across the company and you will see that we’re actively partnering with organizations that are helping veterans reconnect with their families after they’ve been apart due to service. We’re also conducting and supporting innovative research into the specialized care veterans require today, and will potentially need as they age, as well as creating employment opportunities for veterans and their families.

One of the most important things our veterans need right now is to make connections with people in the business world so they can explore possible career paths. Many have never worked outside of the military and have very little information about where to start.

That’s why I’m proud Johnson & Johnson is partnering with American Corporate Partners (ACP) – a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring our veterans.

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February 3rd, 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: Sandra Snook

Position/J&J Company: Senior Director, Discovery Sciences at Janssen R&D


Sandra Snook, Senior Scientific Director for Janssen R&D, volunteers with Ethiopia Reads to support literacy programs in Ethiopia, where illiteracy is still over 50%.  In addition, Sandy and a team of colleagues run the Baker Elementary School Shoe Drive, collecting and donating more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for every child at the San Diego-based school.  On her motivation and inspiration to volunteer, Sandy says, “I firmly believe in the concept that we are our brothers’ keepers.  We should help out when we see a need that we can address.  Every day I do something to help elevate another person, be it getting them the first pair of new shoes they ever owned or driving a literacy programs in Ethiopia, I feel like I have done a good day’s work.”



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January 23rd, 2014

Health and Healing for a Furry Friend

At Johnson & Johnson, we often talk about “caring for the world one person at a time.”  But we’ve not often talked about how our caring extends to our four-legged friends.  Our DePuy Synthes Vet Division often goes beyond the call of duty to assist organizations around the country – and around the world for that matter – bring health and healing to domestic and wild animals with traumatic injury.

We’re happy to share a recent example featuring Tocho, an adult mountain lion at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, who had reinjured a previously fractured rear right leg.  DePuy Synthes personnel supported veterinary surgeons from Colorado State University in providing bone plates and expertise to ensure that the surgical implants would be appropriate for the lion’s injury, weight requirements, and removal and reintegration into the pride.

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Read more about Tocho’s experience on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook page.


Photo from “In Between The Spots”, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s blog

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January 22nd, 2014

Announcing Janssen Global Public Health

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

As a company, and as global citizens, we have a responsibility to create new approaches, test new solutions, and collaborate with the best minds to help address today’s greatest public health challenges.  At the heart of this commitment are the people we serve – those in need of new and improved health solutions, and those working diligently at the front-line to provide healthcare.

Today, we are very pleased to publicly announce a new and exciting step in Janssen’s commitment – the formation of the Janssen Global Public Health (Janssen GPH) group dedicated to sustainably advancing global public health worldwide. Our family of companies has a longstanding commitment to support comprehensive efforts toward strengthening the health of communities, improving maternal and child health, and preventing the spread of infectious and preventable diseases worldwide through vaccination. Janssen GPH is the next step in Janssen’s and Johnson & Johnson’s response to the world’s global public health challenges.

The vision for Janssen GPH is simple: improve global healthcare by harnessing the power of our health innovations to transform the lives of more people in more places, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay.

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January 17th, 2014

Update on milestone in formulation of our baby products

Editor’s note:  Below is a letter to our customers from Zephanie Jordan, Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs with our Consumer team, which provides context for the current news about a major milestone in our commitment to meet your expectations in the formulation of our baby products.


Dear Customer,

In 2011, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies started on a journey to enhance our products based on your suggestions. Today, we’re pleased to let you know that we have met our commitment to remove formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and reduce traces of 1,4 dioxane from all of our baby products, everywhere around the world.

We’ve been listening to you, and that’s why we’ve made a public pledge to reduce or eliminate certain ingredients in our baby and beauty products worldwide. We want our beauty and baby care products to reflect your current and future needs, so you will always have complete peace of mind when you bring them into your home.

Over one billion people trust the quality and safety of our products, and maintaining this trust is of paramount importance to us. Every one of our products on the market today is safe and effective when used as directed, and either meets or exceeds government standards, as well as stringent regulations globally, including N.A.

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January 15th, 2014

What It Means to Lead: Reflections from NAFE Ceremony honoring Sandi Peterson

Last month, NAFE honored Johnson & Johnson’s Sandi Peterson as its 2013 Woman of the Year.  We invited two employees, both members of our Women’s Leadership Initiative, to attend the awards ceremony and share their thoughts with us.

Nina Zalah, IT Analyst, Enterprise Business Solutions

I was so proud to have a seat at the table with such amazing leaders!  The stories that all of the NAFE winners told were inspirational and it’s remarkable to me how much they have accomplished in their careers.  I realized how human each of them are, which made them seem so authentic and even more impressive as leaders.

One idea that stood out to me is that we should not classify ourselves in a different category as “female leaders.”  Our mission as women in the corporate world should be to get rid of those differentiators and have people ask us questions about our career and success, rather than just our roles as women and moms.  I also learned that being a role model is more important than being a sponsor or a mentor.  A role model is someone you aspire to be, and you strive to emulate their actions and decisions.  That idea changed the way I think about mentoring.

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January 13th, 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: Tricia Haertlin

Position/J&J Company: Senior Administrative Associate for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Tricia Haertlin, Senior Administrative Associate at Janssen, works with Operation Quiet Comfort to recycle used jeans and transform them into quilts covered in messages from home for wounded U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.  “Connecting with others is SUCH a good thing in our lives. I would hope to encourage people to find a project they like and jump in at some level.  Typically one thing can lead to another and pretty soon you will have something to do… somewhere to go… people to care about… and a much fuller life.”

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