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A new pledge for women
TestIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership & Inclusion (WLI) Employee Resource Group, in 2020, WLI developed a program to energize the entire organization in support of advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of women in the workplace. Colleagues around the world were encouraged to take a pledge to support the future of all women, at all levels, all around the world. Within a month of the invitation, more than 2,700 colleagues publicly pledged support to advance ALL women at ALL levels ALL around the world.
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Care with pride
Our Care With Pride initiative, now in its ninth year, brings together more than 10 Johnson & Johnson brands and 2,000 employees to champion love, equality and care for all people within the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, Johnson & Johnson also began selling OGX and LISTERINE products with special Pride-themed packaging in Target and Walmart stores. This year, NEUTROGENA products join the themed line, as do retail partners Amazon, Ulta, Walgreens, Kroger and Giant. Care With Pride is the corporate sponsor for more than 40 Pride parades and events across the globe and sponsored a Virtual Pride Kickoff to replace physical parades during the COVID-19 pandemic. Care With Pride partners with LGBTQ+ nonprofits, including PFLAG, Trevor Project and GLAAD, and has raised more than US$1 million.
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Inclusive access to COVID-19 vaccines
In September 2020, we joined with 15 leading life-science companies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in signing a landmark Communiqué on Expanded Global Access commitment to ensure that people everywhere have access to the potential COVID-19 innovations under development at the signatory companies. As part of our commitment, we announced that Johnson & Johnson plans to allocate up to 500 million vaccine doses to lower-income countries. This follows our pledge at the start of the spread of the pandemic to bringing an affordable vaccine to the public on a not-for-profit basis for emergency pandemic use.
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Open about LGBTQ+
Thanks to our employees around the world, we’re constantly working to make Johnson & Johnson an employer and healthcare company of choice for the LGBTQ+ community. Every day we’re creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace; understanding and responding to the unique needs of LGBTQ+ consumers; and advocating for public and social equality across the world. One way our employees are coming together for good is through our Open&Out Employee Resource Group (ERG), one of our fastest growing ERGs. Our support for the LGBTQ+ community is not only evident in the many programs we sponsor or the policies we stand behind. Johnson & Johnson takes special care in helping transgender employees transition through life’s most important decisions.
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Partnering to Understand Health Differences
There are several neurologic and autoimmune diseases that have a higher prevalence in women than in men. The differences between men and women remain understudied, contributing to gaps in diagnosis and treatment. For a long time, “women’s health” has suggested conditions specific to women, such as gynecologic disorders. While gynecologic disorders are important, it’s essential that we remember that cardiology, mental health, neurology, and immune health are also part of women’s health; conditions in these areas impact and show up differently in women than men. We can’t begin to close these gaps without having data on sex-based outcomes and responses. This is why Johnson & Johnson supports OHDSI (Observational Health Data Sciences & Informatics), a multidisciplinary collaborative committed to developing the data needed to better understand sex- and race-based health and treatment disparities. In partnership with OHDSI, our team is working on multiple projects designed to better understand and treat the sex-based health differences and inequities we see in immunology.
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Sharing the impact of HIV through 5B
For over 25 years, Johnson & Johnson has invested in the treatment and eventual eradication of HIV/AIDS. We commissioned 5B to recount the history of HIV and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community, and to recognize the unsung heroes of healthcare. Told through the voices of nurses and staff working on the world’s first ward dedicated to treating AIDS patients at San Francisco General Hospital in the early 1980s, 5B highlights the nurses and staff who provided care and compassion during a time of great uncertainty. The film continues to be shared through private screenings in multiple LGBTQ+ events, as well as with our external stakeholders and Johnson & Johnson employees.
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