It was created with the stroke of a pen in 1886.
James Wood Johnson, who co-founded the company with his brother Edward Mead Johnson, handcrafted one the world’s most trusted logos. James wanted the world to know just how personally and emotionally connected the two were to the company’s most important reason for being-improving human health. So, he decided to use the family signature.
Johnson & Johnson.
Placing their name on the company’s products was the ultimate measure of accountability. It was a way of holding themselves responsible for their-and their company’s-every action. In time, it became not just a trademark, but a mark that people learned they could trust. Because, after all, trust and behavior go hand in hand.
Serving generations of people with integrity, caring and compassion remains our greatest privilege and responsibility. Every day, through our words and actions, we work tirelessly to earn our place in hearts, minds, hospitals and households everywhere. Much like the founding brothers-who were later joined by their brother, Robert Wood Johnson-we continue to build on our reputation and the Johnson & Johnson name through accountability and transparency.
And that’s exactly what our 2017 Health for Humanity Report is all about.
It’s the story of our progress-our environmental, social and governance efforts-as we relentlessly drive for better health and create long-term value for you, our shareholders. It’s our way of demonstrating how we work to track and deliver on our commitments.
See, for example, how we’re eradicating and preventing disease.
We’ve achieved great milestones as a company this year in our efforts to make HIV history with the initiation of the first efficacy study for a preventative vaccine. I’m encouraged every time I reflect on how far we’ve come since the 1980s with HIV, once considered a death sentence. All of us are humbled to be a part of the efforts to treat and protect-even, one day, prevent-HIV.
I’m also proud of how we’re reimagining the way that care is delivered and expanding access for the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Our mMitra service immediately comes to mind. mMitra is an innovative mobile-messaging program that sends vital health information to expectant and new mothers living in low-income urban communities in India. The impact is irrefutable-mMitra has positively impacted the lives of one million women, and their children. This service has had a transformative effect. And it earned us a top spot on Fortune’s 2017 Change the World list.
The report also shares our unwavering commitment to healthy minds, bodies and environments.
We’re making great progress toward our Health for Humanity 2020 Goals and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focus areas. Our strong legacy of environmental stewardship, for example, continued in 2017 when our site in Helsingborg, Sweden became the first Johnson & Johnson site receiving carbon-neutral status for all energy sources across manufacturing, R&D and warehouse facilities1-a historic achievement that improves human health while protecting the environment and natural resources.
Stories like these inspire and motivate us every day.
While we’re pleased to share the progress we’ve made in this report, we recognize there’s more work to be done. And I’m confident that we’ve got the best people in place to continue our sustainability stewardship and commitment to being responsible global citizens-consistent with the values outlined in Our Credo.
The Health for Humanity Report is the story of us. It showcases our commitment to changing the trajectory of health for humanity. This sense of purpose has helped us build on our company’s good name since the Johnson brothers, quite literally, put theirs on the company in 1886.
I believe they’d be proud to put it on this report, too.
Chairman, Board of Directors
and Chief Executive Officer
1 Assured by third-party, ERM Certification and Verification Services Inc, for the period of 1 March 2017 to 31 December 2017.