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Johnson & Johnson’s 2018 Health for Humanity Report details our progress in citizenship and sustainability. Data in this Report cover the period between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018, unless otherwise indicated. The Report is also available in a PDF format. It includes a Report Summary, which is available in five languages. Reporting on other matters specific to financial performance of the Company and its subsidiaries can be found in our 2018 Annual Report.

This Report covers Johnson & Johnson’s worldwide operations, including our subsidiaries across three business segments: Consumer, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical. Contract manufacturers are excluded from the scope of this Report, unless otherwise noted. There have been no significant changes from our previous reporting period regarding scope, boundaries, or measurement methods applied.

The Report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Core option. Our 2016 Priority Topics Assessment process guided the Report’s structure. The Report also serves as our annual UNGC Communication on Progress.

All data in the Report have been subject to some level of verification. ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS) conducted independent review and assurance of the following information and data in the Report:

  • Progress against our Health for Humanity 2020 Goals, and associated data presented in the 2020 Goals Progress Scorecard.
  • Progress against UN SDG commitments, and associated data presented in the UN SDG Progress Scorecard.
  • Selected year 2018 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, the percentage of electricity use generated by renewable energy sources, and NOx and SOx emissions (from combustion sources). These values are also reported in our 2019 CDP Climate Change Report.

ERM CVS’s Assurance Statements are available on this page.

The financial data and general information about the business in this Report were previously audited for disclosure in our 2018 Annual Report.

Acquisitions: Environment, health and safety (EHS) data of recently acquired companies, except for employee road safety data and site ISO and OHSAS certification data, are included in the Report two years after acquisition, unless otherwise noted. This grace period allows the new acquisitions to adjust their EHS management and reporting systems to Johnson & Johnson standards. Road safety data are integrated the first year after acquisition, where available, and two years after acquisition at the latest. ISO and OHSAS certification data are integrated three years after acquisition. The dates and details of recent acquisitions can be found in Note 20 (Business Combinations and Divestitures) on page 81 of our 2018 Annual Report.

Divestitures: Except for injury statistics and violations or fines, EHS data of divested companies are excluded in the reporting year.

Restatements: We use a 5% change threshold to apply to significant changes in data or information that is restated. There are a number of potential reasons that may lead to a restatement of either prior periods or baseline data (e.g., a significant change in newly published measures, new acquisitions or divestitures, data errors, or improvements in data collection methodology over time). Depending on circumstances, each is evaluated using this threshold, and appropriate disclosures are included in the Report. Data that were not disclosed in prior years are noted as “not reported” in relevant tables throughout the report.

Human Resources Data: These data are based on headcount data from Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS). HRIS headcount methodology differs from that used for the headcount in our Annual Report/Form 10-K. HRIS data exclude employees on long-term disability, fixed-term employees, interns/co-ops/students. Data may not include full population from more recently acquired companies.

BSR, a global nonprofit organization focused on corporate sustainability, partnered with Johnson & Johnson to help secure stakeholder feedback on the 2018 Health for Humanity Report content. Feedback has been integrated into this Report.

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