Investing in the health of people around the globe, our communities and our planet is an investment in our future.
At Johnson & Johnson, we aspire to improve the health and well-being of billions of people throughout the world — in all that we do and everywhere we go. Through our citizenship and sustainability efforts, we are helping to positively affect the lives of people around the world; improve the places in which we live, work and sell our products; and advance the practices by which we fulfill our role in making the world a better, healthier place for generations to come.
Citizenship and sustainability have long been ingrained in our company culture, built on a foundational belief that investing in the health of people around the globe, our communities and our planet is an investment in our future. We have considerably broadened our efforts over the past nearly three decades. I’m proud to acknowledge just a few of the many recent achievements from 2016, the first year of our Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals:
We received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a 500 milligram chewable tablet formulation of mebendazole, a treatment alternative for adults and children ages 1 year or older with single or mixed soil-transmitted helminthiasis. This approval addresses an unmet need for children too young to swallow a solid tablet. It will also help us reach our goals to treat more than 100 million children at risk for intestinal worms and reduce infections by 26 million.
As a result of our 100-megawatt wind power purchase agreement, we have already met our original 2020 goal of producing or procuring 20 percent of our electricity needs from clean or renewable sources. Because of this substantial achievement, we increased this goal to 35 percent by 2020.
In one year, we already have achieved nearly 50 percent of our five-year target to engage and empower 100,000 employees to take charge of their health and well-being by using digital health tools. A healthier workforce successively leads to healthier families and communities where we operate.
In September 2016, Johnson & Johnson announced our commitment to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Over the course of the next 15 years, we will harness the power of Johnson & Johnson’s 127,000 employees — their heads, hearts and hands — to help achieve our UNSDG commitments, applying our knowledge and relationships in the quest to forge a healthier and brighter future for people all around the globe.
I look forward to the advances we will make together in the coming decades.