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Enhancing Supplier Diversity

Diversity of thought, culture, perspective and experience can help us unlock a world of innovative solutions to solve pressing global health issues, and this is as true in our supply chain as it is in other parts of our operations.

The Johnson & Johnson Supplier Diversity Program aims to:

  1. Support the communities in which we live and work through the creation of jobs and economic empowerment.
  2. Reflect the diversity of the consumers and patients who benefit from our products.
  3. Respond to the requirements of our customers who expect Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to share their values.
  4. Partner with superior, small and diverse firms and advocacy groups that can provide value to our businesses, and throughout our supply chain.

Our Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (GSDI) leadership, within Procurement, oversees the Supplier Diversity Program, and has a track record in advancing supplier diversity within our business for more than 20 years. We proactively reach out to diverse businesses to help ensure awareness of opportunities with Johnson & Johnson and provide guidance on registering interest in doing business with our Company. Also, we engage with partners who support outreach and engagement with diverse suppliers. For more information on our GSDI Program and supplier diversity certification requirements, please visit the Supplier Diversity page on our website.

For the eighth consecutive year, Johnson & Johnson maintained membership in the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a group of companies that advanced best practices for supplier diversity, and that spend at least $1 billion (Tier 1) annually with certified minority-, women-, veteran-, LGBT-, and disability-owned businesses.

2020 Goal Progress
On Track
• Exceeded benchmark diverse supplier spending at 9.7% and benchmark small supplier spending at 18.9% of total U.S. spend.

• Expanded our supplier diversity and inclusion programs to one additional country (Japan) for a total of 13 countries against the baseline of six.

Innovation in supplier diversity

In 2018, we hosted a Peer Ideation Event, bringing together over 100 procurement and diversity and inclusion leaders from across 27 peer companies, to share best practices and generate new actionable ideas for supplier diversity growth and value in the Marketing and Business Services category family. The event included highlights about veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses, and debates about the challenges and best practices relating to supplier diversity and opportunities to enhance results across all companies.

Advancing women-owned businesses

Around the world, we support and partner with WeConnect International, a global organization that identifies, educates, registers and certifies women-owned businesses outside the United States and connects them with buyers around the world. Our aim is to ensure our supply chain is reflective of our customer base, while expanding our sourcing opportunities from qualified suppliers with equal opportunity for women-owned businesses, among others.

In Japan, we support the Japanese Government’s “Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace,” demonstrating our mutual interests in unlocking the value that women can bring to our Company and the Japanese economy. In November 2018, WeConnect International Japan hosted, and Johnson & Johnson sponsored, the first-ever conference on Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion. We shared the stage with the Minister of State for Gender Equality, Ms. Satsuki Katayama, the only female member of the Japanese cabinet to share insights and reconfirm our commitment to supporting women-owned businesses.

Following a successful 2017 launch, the Women Mentoring Women Program continued in 2018, connecting the strengths of women-owned businesses with those of Johnson & Johnson Procurement women leaders in a reciprocal mentoring relationship. Looking ahead, we have identified opportunities to expand the mentorships to support supplier capability building and development of Johnson & Johnson women leaders across the Enterprise.

We are firmly behind efforts to advance women in our global supply chain. The power of the global WeConnect network in helping women to gain visibility as well as support is immense, and we are proud to play a role in moving this forward.
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Julian Hooks, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Corporate Tier, Johnson & Johnson
Supplier Diversity Categories at Johnson & Johnson

• NMSDC, MSDUK, and Supply Nation certified Minority-Owned Businesses

• WBENC and WEConnect International certified Women-Owned Businesses

• Disability:IN certified Disability-Owned Businesses

• NVBDC certified Veteran-Owned Businesses

• NGLCC certified LGBT-Owned Businesses

• Small Businesses (US)

• Small Disadvantaged Businesses

• Small Veteran-Owned Businesses

• Small Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

• Small Women-Owned Businesses

• Small HUB-Zone Businesses 

Our Performance

Diverse Supplier Spend in the U.S.*

  2018  2017  2016 
Diverse supplier spend (billions) $1.42 $1.41 $1.30
Percentage of total supplier spend attributable
to diverse suppliers
9.7% 10.3% 9.9%
Small supplier spend (billions) $2.76 $2.67 $2.69
Percentage of total supplier spend attributable
to small suppliers
18.9% 19.4% 20.6%
Spend with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender suppliers (millions) $2 $1 $1
Spend with veteran- and disabled-owned suppliers (millions) $139 $130 $78
* Total spend represents addressable spend, i.e. products and services that procurement team can negotiate with suppliers to meet business goals; total spend in 2018 excludes Actelion, Abott Medical Optics, Orthotaxy and Zarbees.

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