A Family of companies in South Africa
Caring For Communities In South Africa
Johnson & Johnson South Africa has been caring for communities in South Africa for more than 80 years and in doing so, working towards making our Credo a reality -
… caring for the community in which we live and work
… and touching the lives of thousands of South Africans through our products and services, our corporate giving and the volunteer efforts of our employees.
“We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work. And to the world community as well. We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvements and better health and education. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources.”
This extract from the Johnson & Johnson Credo, written by General Robert Wood Johnson, has served as the blueprint for the Company’s socially responsible approach to business since 1943. Today, corporate social investment remains an important part of Johnson & Johnson’s global operations. We care for the communities in which we live and work by tackling the social and health issues that affect these communities. We work towards a better future by developing strong partnerships with individuals and organisations that can make a difference. Every day we bring our credo to life by touching ordinary lives.
Johnson & Johnson has a proud record of active involvement in social investment programmes in South Africa. We demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility in a number of ways, pioneering innovative programmes and initiatives that address the core needs of less developed communities, and making a significant contribution in the fields of education and training, social welfare and healthcare.
Our objective is to bridge the skills and education gap and help overcome critical socio-economic, health and education challenges threatening the growth and well-being of the nation. Combating the HIV/Aids pandemic is a core focus area at both community and national level.
Touching lives in South Africa
Johnson & Johnson is an international company with headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as being a provider of related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical and professional markets. 114 000 people are employed worldwide by 200 operating companies in more than 52 countries, and products are sold in 175 countries.
Johnson & Johnson has been in South Africa since 1930 and trades as 3 companies:
Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Limited : manufacturer and marketer of a range of personal care and OTC products with manufacturing plants in East London and Cape Town. J&J Consumer’s head office is based in Cape Town.
Janssen : suppliers of pharmaceutical products, based in Woodmead.
Johnson & Johnson Medical (Pty) Limited : suppliers of hospital products, based in Midrand.
These three companies have demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility in a number of ways. They have pioneered innovative programmes and initiatives that address the core needs of less developed communities, and have made a significant contribution in the fields of education and training, social welfare and healthcare.
Social responsibility is expressed in many forms including the manufacture of high quality products, environmental protection, an effective corporate contributions programme and the voluntary activities of employees and retirees. The Johnson & Johnson Credo is the benchmark upon which all social responsibility programmes and business decisions are made.
The Johnson & Johnson family of companies has a proud record of active involvement in social investment programmes in South Africa. During the upheaval and unrest of the 1970’s and 1980’s, all three companies made a positive impact on a fractured society through commitment to the economic, political and social transformation principles outlined in the Sullivan Programme.
This programme, devised by Rev. Leon Sullivan, a prominent clergyman in the United States, laid out strict social investment and nondiscriminatory guidelines for American companies operating in apartheid South Africa. That Johnson & Johnson in South Africa consistently achieved a pass rating in terms of the Sullivan Code, which was more stringent than US State Department guidelines, demonstrates the enlightened corporate leadership that underpins operations to this day.
Current social investment commitments lie increasingly beyond the workplace amongst formerly disadvantaged communities. The objective now is bridging the skills and education gap and overcoming critical socio-economic, health and education challenges threatening the growth and well-being of the nation.
These social initiatives require the establishment of effective partnerships with organisations and communities, and to foster selfsustainability among funding recipients. Some of these philanthropic efforts are targeted at meeting the needs of individual communities or at specific healthcare, social welfare or education requirements.