Social Performance (cont.)
Access to Our Products
One way we can help to advance good health is through efforts to enhance access to health care and health care products for people across all economic and social circumstances. We have a global access program for our HIV/AIDS medication, and we provide medicines and other products to people around the world through our product-giving and disaster-relief programs. Our companies operate major patient-
assistance programs that provide donated medicine, discounts and other support to patients in the United States and Puerto Rico.
We support public policy efforts to enhance basic health service coverage for limited-income and uninsured people. We also work closely with governments, health leaders, local and global nongovernmental organizations, and others throughout the world to help people access the health care products and services
Health Care Compliance
Johnson & Johnson is a large and diverse company, with thousands of daily transactions that must comply with hundreds of regulations around the world.
In the past year, we have had issues arise with the marketing and selling of our products and with product quality. We take these issues seriously; we investigate each one and revisit our operational controls. Additionally, given the evolving requirements of multiple stakeholders worldwide and the increasing need for effectiveness and efficiency in compliance, monitoring and transparency across all sectors of our industry, we have created a global, integrated, enterprise-wide organization dedicated to providing oversight on compliance matters.
This organization supplements those compliance organizations already in place and is aligned to our businesses to drive effective and efficient compliance programs. Issues or concerns requiring our attention in 2009 are discussed in our November 2009 10-Q and 10-K filings.
Our workforce statistics, retention rates and salary information are tracked at an operating company level only. We are implementing a new data management system that will allow us to capture and report this information in a concise way across the corporation.
Regarding minimum notice periods for significant operational changes, including facility closings or sales and reductions, Johnson & Johnson complies at a minimum with local mandates and applicable collective-bargaining agreements. In the U.S., a minimum of 30 days’ notice is provided.
Diversity and Inclusion
At Johnson & Johnson, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) plays an important role in the way we look to innovate, develop talent and leverage diverse insights in caring for the health and well-being of patients and customers around the world.
Our Global Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes our Equal Opportunity and Work/Life practices, works with our businesses to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce, guided by our Global Diversity and Inclusion Vision (see www.jnj.com/connect/about-jnj/diversity/programs). In 2008 we established diversity councils in each of our businesses to help drive more strategic alignment of D&I activities across the business sectors.
In 2009 we strengthened our D&I efforts by further embedding strategies into every element of our businesses.