Independent Assurance Statement to Johnson & Johnson
ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS) was engaged by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to provide limited assurance on the 2016 progress for the Health for Humanity 2020 Goals (2020 Goals) in the Johnson & Johnson 2016 Health for Humanity Report (the Report) as set out below.
Based on our assurance activities as described below, nothing has come to our attention to indicate that the progress for 2016 against the 2020 Health for Humanity Goals and Targets as reported in the Scorecard on pages 21 to 25 of the Report is not fairly presented, in all material respects, in accordance with the reporting criteria.
Our Assurance Activities
We planned and performed our work to obtain all the information and explanations that we believe were necessary to provide a basis for our assurance conclusions. A multi-disciplinary team of sustainability and assurance specialists performed assurance procedures as follows:
The Limitations of Our Engagement
The reliability of the assured information is subject to inherent uncertainties, given the available methods for determining, calculating or estimating the underlying information. It is important to understand our assurance conclusions in this context. In addition, the assured information should be read in conjunction with the boundary and consolidation policies under ‘About this Report’ on page 8 and the disclosures provided under the column ‘Notable’ in the Scorecard, in particular those relating to changes to the specific wording of some of the Targets and Metrics for the 2020 Goals since these were published in the 2015 Citizenship and Sustainability Report.
We have provided J&J with a separate management report with our detailed findings and recommendations. Without affecting the conclusions presented above, we have the following key observations:
Head of Corporate Assurance
14 June 2017
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ERM CVS is a member of the ERM Group. The work that ERM CVS conducts for clients is solely related to independent assurance activities and auditor training. Our processes are designed and implemented to ensure that the work we undertake with clients is free from bias and conflict of interest. ERM CVS and the ERM staff that have undertaken this engagement work have provided no consultancy related services to this client in any respect.