Topic: credo

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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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 25th, 2014

Tracking Our Citizenship & Sustainability Journey

By Shaun Mickus, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson

Citizenship-Sustainability Trading-Card_Blogpost

Perhaps one of the most defining moments in the history of Johnson & Johnson occurred more than 70 years ago when General Robert Wood Johnson, son of one of the Company’s co-founders, wrote Our Credo, outlining our responsibilities to all stakeholders and to the communities in which we live and work. It was 1943, a time when very few even understood or appreciated the importance of corporate responsibility in serving the needs of many groups and contributing to the long-term vitality of a business. This 308-word document has stood the test of time and continues to serve as the guide we try to live by every day. And, it is the essence of what citizenship and sustainability means for Johnson & Johnson.

We see our citizenship and sustainability as more than our social, environmental and economic performance. It is who we are and how we act. Our new Citizenship & Sustainability Annual Report gives us the opportunity to share with our diverse stakeholders the ways we are:

  • Working and partnering with others to advance human health and well-being,
  • Helping to safeguard the planet, and
  • Leading a dynamic and growing business responsibly.

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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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