Topic: credo

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 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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March 3rd, 2014

Reaching Animals Across the Globe

by Amanda Barbeau, Sales Administrator, DePuy Synthes Trauma


Caring for the world, one person at a time, is what unites and inspires the people of Johnson & Johnson.  But for some of our employees, it’s not just about caring for people – it’s about caring for our animal friends as well.  Located in West Chester, PA, the DePuy Synthes Veterinary division develops and produces devices for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of animal skeletons and soft tissues. DePuy Synthes Vet recently had a unique opportunity to make an impact on animals’ lives across the world.

The team partnered with In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals, to supply a life-changing donation to their Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon. IDA-Africa’s mission is to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while promoting the social and cultural conditions that ensure great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats. The Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center is home to 74 apes, complete with a camp, education center and veterinary clinic.

One of the staff veterinarians, Dr. Gwendelyn Reyes-Illg, was introduced to one of our products at a conference training course, and quickly saw that the system met the needs of the chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon where she spent two months of the year volunteering her time to help injured apes.

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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 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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November 11th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson: Our Veterans’ Stories

Approximately 128,000 employees make up the backbone of who and what we do at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  Each employee brings a unique life experience to his or her role at our organization.  In honor of Veterans Day, a few of our employees, who also served in the U.S. Armed Forces, agreed to share their experiences.

Sean T. Cavanaugh
Senior Analyst – Reporting, Janssen
U.S. Army; Field Artillery; Yusufiyah, Iraq (OIF 2005-2006)


Military Career: My military career (Active Duty and National Guard) spanned more than eight years. The most significant portion of this service was as a Fire Support Officer and Executive Officer for a 131-Soldier Infantry company in the 101st Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Iraq.

Tell us about your experience in the military and how you think it has influenced your approach to the business world:  Although it would be too lengthy to go into every experience, I can synthesize many that shaped me and what I do today into a general philosophy—try to innovate beyond the status quo and challenge myself (and my colleagues) to consider the less trodden path.   Veterans understand more than most that we must be our best selves in order to succeed, no matter the sector, industry, or business.  

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August 28th, 2013

In Unity, There Is Power

by Anthony Carter, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer,  Johnson & Johnson

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic I Have A Dream speech. We’re adding the voice of one of our own to the conversation.

I am a husband.

I am a father.

I am a community servant.

I am a professor.

I am a coach.

I am a writer.

I am a public speaker.

I am a business leader.

By now, you’ve probably made some assumptions about me: who I am, what I look like, how I might behave.

But no one looks like their story.

I am the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson.

I am African-American.

The path to my position here at Johnson & Johnson first took root in the Civil Rights Era. It was a tiny seed, planted fifty years ago, with the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech as its backdrop.

I was just a little boy from the South Bronx, walking to school one day.

A Latino classmate ran up to me and said, “The President just passed the civil rights bill.” I said, “What is that?”

I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know.

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July 30th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Continues its Commitment to Community Blood Drives

by Mary E. O’Dowd, M.P.H, New Jersey Health Commissioner

On Tuesday, I visited the Johnson & Johnson headquarters in New Brunswick to thank the corporate leadership and employees for living its Credo through the long standing commitment to supporting blood drives. These drives are critically important to maintaining a stable blood supply. Every pint of blood has the potential to save a life.

Johnson & Johnson companies are continuing their long tradition of sponsoring National Blood Donation programs with a multitude of drives planned through the rest of the summer, when the need for blood becomes more pronounced. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson-hosted drives contributed 34,000 pints of blood and, from 2009 to 2012, 230,000 pints were donated – that’s 28,750 gallons.

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June 24th, 2013

Why We Sponsor Good Science Writing

by Seema Kumar, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, Johnson & Johnson

It’s simple: We need good science communicators as much as we need good science. Without reliable information—the explanation of fact, the exposure of challenges—science and the solutions it brings us could not exist. Productive inquiry would run dry. Frontiers would ebb.

Our company depends on people who can communicate hard science in lucid language, from the laboratory bench right through to those who engage directly with doctors. We depend on them to get the science right, to check sources, interpret and clarify. Their counsel helps guide our behaviour: promoting sound policies and sparking new discoveries. They bring ideas to life, inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine in a world that demands educated, informed decision makers. We, Johnson & Johnson and the public, could not effectively govern ourselves or make progress for the benefit of the doctors, nurses, patients and customers we serve otherwise.

When Dr. Paul Janssen, our pharmaceutical company’s namesake, was alive and still heading our research and development operations, he would make a daily circuit around the labs asking each researcher his celebrated catch-phrase-cum-call to action, “What’s new?” Connecting ideas (in his head) and people (in his labs), Dr.

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