His View: “Diversity Equity and Inclusion” Expanding Our Impact

By Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer,
Johnson & Johnson

For 135 years, Johnson & Johnson’s transformative healthcare solutions and successful business outcomes have been developed and delivered by our diverse workforce and supported by our culture of inclusion and belonging

We’ve long known that our ability to serve all our stakeholders and change the trajectory of human health depends on bringing together different cultures, backgrounds, and ways of thinking. The Credo, which guides Johnson & Johnson’s decision-making, includes diversity, equity, and inclusion as an integral part of the way we do business. As Jackie Maestri, our Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Global Services and Enterprise Transformations says, “Only by having different experiences at the table can we be successful in finding solutions and innovations that bring health to billions of people.”

Our continued success, however, demands that we constantly push ourselves to expand our culture of inclusion. That’s why it’s such an honor to be recognized for these efforts—and our more than 100-year commitment to Hispanic diversity—with LATINA Style’s Company of the Year. It’s a profound validation of our long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in every aspect of our business, from management to factory floors to global supply chains.

Since its founding in 2001, our Hispanic professional’s employee resource group, HOLA, has expanded to 37 chapters globally and doubled the size of its membership in just the past three years. HOLA’s advisory council provides our business and brands with critical counsel on everything from how to best reach Hispanic audiences to making meaningful improvements to supplier diversity. HOLA’s success and Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to promoting DEI are great points of pride. But there is still always more that we can do.

We’re creating more leadership opportunities for our Hispanic employees through mentoring and recruitment, as well as expanding our collaboration with non-profit organizations including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and Hispanic Promise. Change, however, must also happen at a societal level, which no single organization can take on alone. Johnson & Johnson is partnering with UNIDOS US, Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to drive progress on equitable policy, economics, healthcare, education, and training. Building on our work with the Business Roundtable (BRT), we have also established a dedicated DEI Working Group with leaders across industries to create opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

At Johnson & Johnson, we believe that our biggest opportunity—and our greatest responsibility—is creating a healthier and more equitable world for everyone. This impactful work, which addresses huge areas of unmet need and pushes the boundaries of healthcare innovation, can only happen when our 137,000 employees bring their best, most authentic selves to work every day. LS