The enterprise Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) organization is overseen by the Vice President, EHS&S, who has accountability for its performance, and partners with the businesses to execute standards and programs that deliver positive EHS&S outcomes. Our operating model takes advantage of the local knowledge of our EHS&S professionals where we operate, while continuing to leverage technical expertise across the enterprise, develop strategy, oversee talent management and execute governance.
The Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee and the Board of Directors provide oversight, and the EHS&S Council—comprised of the EHS&S leadership team and representatives from relevant functions and business segments—provides additional guidance. EHS&S monitors performance and compliance, sets and monitors progress against our overall corporate goals, sponsors topic-specific integrated teams, oversees audits, and drives transparency efforts.
The Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee of our Board of Directors assists the full board in identifying and comprehending significant emerging science and technology policy and public health issues that may impact the Company’s overall business strategy. They also review the Company’s policies, programs and practices on environment, health, and sustainability. The Regulatory, Compliance & Government Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors oversees compliance with respect to environment, health & safety (EHS) regulatory requirements.
The following policies and statements set our operational and product stewardship expectations:
- Environmental Health & Safety Policy
- Climate Policy
- Statement on Respecting Biodiversity
- Principles for Safe Use of Chemicals in Products
- Forest Products Sourcing Principles
- Impact of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment
- Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Criteria
To support the implementation of the EHS Policy, Johnson & Johnson has established EHS&S Standards. These Standards address a variety of topics and are designed to ensure that all Johnson & Johnson facilities achieve and maintain a consistent and high level of EHS&S performance. The Standards are reviewed and, if necessary, revised on an annual basis.
As part of our Management System, we require manufacturing and R&D sites to achieve third-party certification to ISO 14001. New acquisitions have 36 months to comply with this requirement.
Our EHS Audit Program is aligned with other Johnson & Johnson audit programs, and is focused on both compliance and risk. Manufacturing and R&D sites are assessed every three years; depending upon risk, some sites receive focused audits in between. Offices and warehouses are covered by a separate audit program. Performance is tracked by the EHS&S organization, and by facility business leaders. Closure of findings is tracked at the corporate, facility, business segment, and operating company levels.
We continue to implement, track and maintain an incident notification process that alerts management to EHS&S non-compliances, accidental releases, and safety incidents within 72 hours of occurrence.
* Increases in VOCs, PM and SO2 emissions in 2017 compared with 2016 were largely driven by the use of emergency generators at Puerto Rico, U.S. sites in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.