August 1st, 2014
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.