By being broadly based in healthcare and using our reach and size for good, we are working together to forge a healthier more equitable future. We take a global and local approach to our giving, through partnership, collaboration, technology, and innovative programming. Through many opportunities and partnerships, we encourage employee volunteerism, and involve local communities.
We focus our work on the following key areas:
- Employee Engagement
- Disaster Preparedness and Relief
- Product Donations
For more information, see our Charitable Giving Statement.
Giving back is woven into the fabric of our Company and embodied in Our Credo. We help build healthy communities by empowering our employees around the world to combine their resources and resolve to make a positive impact on society and the environment.
The Company’s Volunteer Support Program helps employees become involved and connected with volunteer efforts in their local communities. The program serves as a resource for employees by creating partnerships and relationships with local nonprofit organizations, coordinating volunteer days, and recognizing excellence in volunteerism. We also offer volunteer leave, and we have policies in place for Certified Disaster Volunteers or otherwise qualified skills-based volunteers to request time off to participate if and when a non-profit or NGO requests volunteers for a formally articulated need or opportunity.
Disaster Preparedness, Response and Relief
As part of the communities where we live and work, Johnson & Johnson strives to be a trusted partner, including in times of crisis. When natural disasters hit communities around the world in 2017, we were there to offer support by providing relief for those directly affected. In total, we allocated $5.3 million in support for immediate, mid- and long-term response to natural disasters, including hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma, earthquakes in Mexico, forest fires in California, mudslides in Colombia, floods in Peru and Nepal, and famine in East Africa. In addition, we provided $5.8 million worth of Johnson & Johnson products.
In times of disaster, it’s not just our communities that are affected, but our employees and their families as well. In Florida alone, 2,875 Johnson & Johnson employees were potentially impacted by Hurricane Irma. In the aftermath of Irma, one of our employees reached out to a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee with an idea to create a home share program for Johnson & Johnson employees who had been displaced following the natural disaster. Within 48 hours, we coordinated efforts across several enterprise groups and functions to launch the program. More than 291 current employees and retirees signed up offering their homes, opening 623 beds for impacted employees and retirees in Florida and Puerto Rico. This platform is now part of our long-term approach to disaster relief, which we can leverage in similar situations around the world.
Another program we developed in the wake of the Hurricane Maria to provide relief supplies to Puerto Rico is Johnson & Johnson Family-to-Family Shipment program. Using either air or ocean transport, employees could send packages to affected employees and friends through trusted vendors, who have networks in place to work through any potential transport challenges. Emergency relief supplies in small packages were sent by air; larger, less urgent packages were sent by ocean transport partnering with several suppliers, including FedEx and Magic Transport.
Save the Children was a key partner in 2017 in helping to provide relief during crises. We partnered with Save the Children to support children impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis, and those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico. Through the organization’s Healing and Education Through the Arts (HEART) program, teachers use arts and creative teaching methods to help children fleeing Syria process and communicate feelings related to their life-changing experiences. This approach helps children develop coping mechanisms, improve communication skills and build trust and self-confidence. In Texas, Florida and Mexico, the Save the Children Journey of Hope training model is a train-the-facilitator design that offers communities the opportunity to expand their capacity to deliver high-quality, school-based social and emotional development programming for years to come. For more information about our partnership with Save the Children, see Mobilizing Partners.
Globally, we aim to support patients and our partners in every way we can, and that includes non-cash contributions.
As one of the first companies to sign the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for Donated Drugs, and as a founding member of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), we ensure all our product donations follow global standards and best practices. We are committed to our ongoing engagement with the PQMD and are currently working with them to further develop and strengthen their product donation guidelines.
We have longstanding relationships with vetted and impactful strategic product donation partners who have expertise and proven track records in product donations. Product donations managed by these partners and their sub-grantees are dictated by Memorandums of Understanding, which are reviewed and signed by Johnson & Johnson, and which align closely with the conditions for product donation recommended by WHO and PQMD, and with industry requirements and regulations.
In the United States specifically, we support independent programs and foundations that help patients by donating medicines and funding to the Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (JJPAF), Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization that provides Janssen medicines to eligible U.S. patients. More information about JJPAF is available at jjpaf.org or by calling 1-800-652-6227 (9 pm to 6 pm ET). In 2017 we donated approximately $875 million to support JJPAF operations, enabling the Foundation to provide medicines at no cost to approximately 86,000 patients. We make financial donations to independent charitable foundations that assist underinsured and financially needy patients with treatment-related expenses.
The programs offered or supported by Janssen are one way to meet the needs of the patients we serve and the healthcare professionals who care for them. For more on how we ensure access to medicines, please visit Access to Healthcare Section.