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Environmental Health

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Kieron O'Connor,

At Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, we are deeply motivated to be active stewards of the environment and contributors to sustainable development. We know that human health is inextricably linked to the health of the planet, and the health of the planet depends on us, individually and collectively. See our Position on Human Health and the Environment.

Environmental stewardship is grounded in Our Credo and is essential to delivering on Our Purpose of profoundly changing the trajectory of health.

We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources.
Our Credo
Johnson & Johnson, 1943

Johnson & Johnson's latest climate goals build on a longstanding commitment to environmental health, which includes more than two decades of public climate commitments. Building on our strong legacy of climate action, in September 2020, we announced Johnson & Johnson’s next generation of Health for Humanity climate goals:

2025 Goals

For full details of these Goals and KPIs, see our Health for Humanity 2025 Goals.
Renewable Electricity
By 2025, source 100% of our electricity needs from renewable sources.
Carbon Neutrality for Our Operations
By 2030, achieve carbon neutrality for our operations, going beyond our Science-Based Target to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 60% from 2016 levels.
Scope 3 Emissions Reductions
By 2030, reduce absolute upstream value chain (Scope 3) emissions 20% from 2016 levels.
For full details of these Goals and KPIs, see our Health for Humanity 2025 Goals.
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For full details of these Goals and KPIs, see our Health for Humanity 2025 Goals.
Our operational (Scope 1 & 2) emissions goal has been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being consistent with the reductions required to keep global warming to 1.5°C and goes beyond what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Our value chain (Scope 3) goal meets the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning it is in line with current best practice.

Our EH&S EH&S Environmental Health and Safety View entire glossary Standards reflect industry best practices and aim to ensure that all Johnson & Johnson entities around the world are compliant with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and that they maintain consistently high-quality EH&S performance in line with our goals and the multiple metrics that we track at every facility. Our progress in environmental sustainability encompasses our engagement with suppliers (see section Responsible Supply Base) and includes a focus on:

  • Advancing climate resilience;
  • Managing our waste and water impacts; and
  • Improving product sustainability.  

See also our Environmental Health and Safety Policy and our suite of ESG policies and positions including those relating to environmental health.

EH&S Governance Indicators

EH&S Governance Indicators

2020 2019 2018
Number of manufacturing and
R&D sites certified to ISO 14001(d) (e)
95 100+ 112
Percentage of manufacturing and
R&D sites certified to ISO 14001(d) (e)
96% 97%+ 99%
Percentage of manufacturing and R&D sites certified to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) or ISO 45001(d) (e) 21% 24%+ 32%
Number of environmental
non-compliances(a) (b)
50 61+ 44
Fines paid for environmental
non-compliances(b) (c) (thousands)
$5.9 $41+ $2
See PwC's Report of Independent Accountants.
+ See PwC's Report of Independent Accountants in 2019 Health for Humanity Report.
(a) Environmental non-compliances represent instances of non-compliance with environmental regulatory requirements or laws that were either (i) self-reported to authorities in the reporting year or (ii) identified by authorities and the non-compliance occurred in the reporting year. The authorities include regional, national, state/country/province, and local/city regulatory agencies.
(b) Environmental non-compliances and fines paid exclude newly acquired sites (i.e., owned less than 2 years as of December 31, 2020).
(c) Fines paid for environmental non-compliances include those paid in the reporting year. It does not include fines assessed and/or under negotiation that were not paid as of December 31, 2020.
(d) Certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 or ISO 45001 means the site has received an external certification that is valid as of December 31, 2020.
(e) The denominator of total manufacturing and research & development (R&D) sites excludes small R&D and manufacturing sites (defined as having less than 50 employees) and newly acquired sites (i.e., owned less than 3 years as of December 31, 2020).

In this section

We share our progress in 2020 in the following areas:

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