Topic: credo

July 8th, 2016

What Being a Most Powerful Woman Means to Me

By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Jane Griffiths at the recent
Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London

How would you define “most powerful women”? Is there a secret ingredient to their success?

Questions like these were top of mind at the recent Fortune Most Powerful Women (MPW) International Summit in London, where I was fortunate to be among several women leaders representing Johnson & Johnson.

Attendees were a veritable who’s who of successful leaders from around the world in business, government, media, philanthropy and the arts—and what I learned from them is that there is no one definition or secret ingredient.

Rather, it’s up to every woman to carve out her own place in the world and find a path or focus area that works best for her.

Two Women Driven to Find Value in Purpose
I didn’t have to look far to find two different examples of this in action.

As a speaker in a session titled “Finding Value in Purpose,” I was joined by two very inspirational businesswomen who have gone about their journeys in diverse ways.

Efrat Peled is chairman and CEO of Arison Investments, which creates business investments that combine financial results with sustainable moral responsibility.

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March 14th, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Named One of America’s Top Corporations Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Johnson & Johnson is proud to be recognized on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) 16th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, which honors corporations whose supplier diversity programs excel at removing barriers and providing opportunity for growth to women-owned businesses.

WBENC is the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women and is accepted by more than 1,000 of America’s most recognizable brands, including Johnson & Johnson.

2015 is Johnson & Johnson’s eighth consecutive year winning the America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises Award and its tenth year winning since 2000. This is also our first year receiving Platinum Distinction, the award’s highest designation reserved for the Top Quartile of corporations setting the standard for innovative best practices in supporting women’s businesses and their development.

Joanne Obenauf, the owner of WBENC-certified Baldwin & Obenauf Inc., a full-service creative agency that offers its branding, design, and marketing services to Johnson & Johnson, described the support she received through insights, training and invitations to networking events as instrumental to the early growth of her business.

“Johnson and Johnson should be very proud of its culture, its history and its ability to constantly change to meet the global needs of its customers while supporting small and women-owned businesses,” she said.

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February 23rd, 2016

Honoring Those Making a Difference

Executive Sponsor Han Melotte and members of the 2016 HONOR Committee

Executive Sponsor Hans Melotte and members of the 2016 HONOR Committee

For 38 years Johnson & Johnson has observed the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing J&J senior leaders, employees and community advocates who embody the tenets of our Credo and advance Dr. King’s dream at its annual “Helping Our Neighbors with Our Resources” (H.O.N.O.R.) Awards at our corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

I remember sitting in the audience 10 years ago at this very event and being wowed as I listened to the inspiring accomplishments of the honorees. Still new to the J&J family at the time, the event really helped me to understand more of what my fellow employees were doing outside of my own department.

Since then, I have had the privilege to co-chair the H.O.N.O.R event with Matthew Johnson. Now in my third year, I have even greater admiration for those who go above and beyond in living King’s dream – both within the walls of Johnson & Johnson and in the community.

Last week, we continued this legacy of recognition and honored three wonderful individuals who are truly making a difference.

Denice Torres, Chief Strategy & Business Transformation Officer, was the recipient of the H.O.N.O.R.

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January 25th, 2016

Credo-Based Project Leads to Innovative Ideas to Help the People of Ghana

In the first of our two-part series, we followed our Consumer employees Aimee Sealfon and Michael Moscherosch in Rwanda as they assisted in designing sustainable solutions for sanitary protection products. Now, we travel with them to Ghana as they partner with a team looking to turn waste into something useful and beneficial to the community.

SHE-blog-1People who live in developed countries take many things for granted. For example, it would be hard for us in the United States to envision a community where waste management is non-existent and garbage is piled up around you all day, every day. Yet this is the reality in many places in the world, like in the area of Ghana that we visited under the auspices of the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA).

The PIA was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-Lab to foster shared learning and collaborative action among a network of corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises with a commitment to scaling solutions to global poverty. Johnson & Johnson is a founding member of the PIA, which is how we came to participate in the group’s co-design summit in Kumasi, Ghana.

The summit had a goal of identifying appropriate solutions for developing countries to address needs of rural communities such as education, micro-financing, farming and waste management.

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January 25th, 2016

Putting the Credo First: Helping African Communities Build a Sustainable Future

Aimee Sealfon, Director of Consumer Solutions – Baby/FemCare, at our Global Strategic Design Office, and Michael Moscherosch, Director of R&D for External Innovation, recently completed a two-week trip to Rwanda and Ghana. Their goal was to bring the Credo to life by leveraging their expertise to make a lasting difference. Today, we bring you the first of a two-part series, following them through Rwanda as they address a common challenge for women and girls.

Imagine being a woman or a girl for whom sanitary napkins are a luxury, not a commodity. That makes staying in school or holding down a job during your period challenging.

Now, imagine that the material for creating those sanitary napkins is literally all around you. That material is banana fiber — a material readily available in Rwanda where bananas are grown in abundance.

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) is a women-led social venture in Rwanda that manufactures affordable sanitary napkins out of banana fiber, with the goal to help girls and women live more confident and comfortable lives. The New York-based non-profit social venture is hoping to create a sustainable system for this vital service, which is where Johnson & Johnson comes into play. Josh Ghaim, Chief Scientific Officer for Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., decided to help SHE achieve their goal by offering technical support.

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September 23rd, 2015

J&J Employee Chosen to Sing in Papal Choir during Pope Francis’ Visit

Published by the J&J Content Lab

Papal Choir

(From left to right) Papal Choir members Dr. John Shaddy, Susie Shaddy, Emma Rhine, David Maliakel

Susie Shaddy’s life has been one marked by a series of callings: to honor her Catholic faith, help patients as an operating room nurse and Johnson & Johnson employee, and sing for Pope Francis during his first visit to United States.

That last goal seemed the hardest to fulfill. That is, until Susie read in June that Pope Francis would be visiting Philadelphia this month.

“This week is my anniversary, so I said to my husband: You know what? It would be fun if we got in the choir for the Pope as something to do for our anniversary. Some couples play tennis, some play golf. We sing.”

After a rigorous tryout process that rivaled a reality show audition, Susie, her husband and two other church members got the news that they ‘d been selected to be part of a 250-person choir that will perform for Pope Francis this Sunday with the Philadelphia orchestra at the Ben Franklin Parkway.

When not making command performances like these, Shaddy and her husband John are active parishioners at Saint Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ, where Susie is a cantor and John is the director of the church choir.

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May 15th, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Employees Honored by Operation Smile

By Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

Would you ever think that polishing shoes could make a life-changing difference for someone you’ve never met? Or playing chess? Or selling ice cream?

Johnson & Johnson employees have changed more than 100,000 children’s lives doing things just like those to raise money to benefit Operation Smile. And last night I had the tremendous privilege of representing our employees to accept the first-ever Global Impact Award from Operation Smile. This honor recognizes the many hours and boundless passion that our employees have brought to fundraising activities, volunteer projects and other initiatives to benefit Operation Smile and the children it serves.

In my 30+ years with Johnson & Johnson, I have never seen our employees so engaged in our shared effort to serve patients all over the world. Fulfilling our Johnson & Johnson Credo is a mission we all hold near and dear to our hearts. By supporting Operation Smile in its mission to provide safe surgical solutions to children born with cleft lip or cleft palate, they bring to life our Credo responsibility to our patients.

Every three minutes, a child enters the world with this deformity. Without treatment, these children may not get enough to eat.

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August 1st, 2014

Our Path to 60: A Journey of Product Stewardship at Johnson & Johnson

by Brian K. Boyd, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

Earthwards Path to 60

A core tenet of Johnson & Johnson’s citizenship and sustainability commitments is our focus on safeguarding the planet. As my colleague Shaun Mickus recently discussed, our company has been guided by Our Credo since 1943, which is when the notion of sustainability got its formal start at Johnson & Johnson. Environmental responsibility is as important to us today as it was back then.

As head of environment, health, safety and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, I’m accountable for ensuring our operations and products live up to the promise explicitly expressed in Our Credo: We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources. This has been a powerful motivator for the people at Johnson & Johnson to focus on improving the footprints of our products, primarily by reducing the environmental impacts associated with their lifecycle.

In 2009, we developed and launched Earthwards®, which has subsequently become Johnson & Johnson’s companywide approach to product stewardship and sustainability. Today, the Earthwards® approach empowers our product teams to work together on identifying the most significant environmental impacts of individual products, continually innovate better solutions to address these impacts, and ultimately create more sustainable products for our customers.

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July 18th, 2014

Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil.


FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil.

In conjunction with the company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign and FIFA World Cup™ sponsorship, Tour do Carinho encouraged individuals across Brazil to celebrate and engage in caring actions, and save lives by donating blood.

We are pleased to announce that since the campaign’s launch in March, more than 23,000 blood donations were collected, a total that will potentially save up to 93,000 lives. This exceeded our goal of collecting 20,000 bags of blood.

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

Demonstrating its commitment to inspiring care, Johnson & Johnson leveraged LED boards surrounding the field at each of the four games on June 14—World Blood Donation Day—to encourage blood donation.

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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!


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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