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Our History of Caring


Our history & aspirations

Our history brings to light our long-time commitment to taking care of those we touch. As a leading global healthcare company, we believe we have a responsibility to the people we serve, the communities in which we live and work, and to our employees around the world, helping to make this world a healthier, better place. Whether we are researching and developing new treatments for disease or meeting goals to reduce our environmental footprint, Johnson & Johnson continues to exceed industry standards by conducting business in a responsible and caring way.

Our milestones over 100 years of caring:
1900: The tradition of providing disaster relief begins with our efforts following the Galveston, Texas hurricane.
1907: The Laurel Club starts giving female employees a place to exercise and organize charitable efforts.
1943: Robert Wood Johnson crafts Our Credo, our framework for sustainability.
1987: Johnson & Johnson establishes first environmental goal aimed at reducing toxic emissions.
1990s: Johnson & Johnson establishes first pollution-prevention goals, sustainability report, and next-generation goals.
2005: The Company sets Healthy Planet 2010 goals, focusing on environmental sustainability.
2011: We established our Healthy Future 2015 goals to focus on healthy people, planet and business. Healthy Future 2015 defined our broadest and boldest sustainability goals yet, guiding us in caring for people around the world, reducing our environmental impact and ensuring the long-term health of our business.
2016: With the new Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, we expanded the ways we think about health, aspiring to help more people live healthier lives through the ideas we generate, products we make and good habits we create.
The new Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals have three key focus areas to improve health in everything we do:

  • People: We’ll help people be healthier by providing better access and care in more places around the world.
  • Places: We’ll make the places we live, work and play healthier by using fewer and smarter resources.
  • Practices: We’ll team up with partners and employees to further advance our culture of health and well-being.

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